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DHL and Manchester United have a ball

DHL and Manchester United join forces to deliver 200 soccer balls to scores of excited kids in Kenya – and have a ball doing it!

Reds’ fans pose with Manchester United legends Quinton Fortune and Gary Bailey outside a local shop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Sometimes DHL’s role as Official Logistics Partner of Manchester United goes above and beyond handling the club’s international logistics needs. In this case it was just plain fun. As part of the Reds’ support of the World Hope Community Project in Kenya, DHL helped Manchester United organize and ship 200 soccer balls to young, needy football enthusiasts in Kenya. And they really had a ball doing it.

DHL delivered the balls some 4,395 miles from the club’s Carrington training ground to the World Hope Community Project in Kenya. Manchester United stars Nani, Park Ji-Sung, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling helped the DHL driver “load” the balls, shooting each one into the back of the DHL van in a playfully staged act that was caught on film. Little did the United players know that the DHL driver was actually a professional soccer juggler himself. Before the final ball was kicked into the van’s cargo bay, he managed to wow the four elite Premier League players with a show of his own silky skills, topped off with a perfectly arched shot into the “goal.”

A continent away in Nairobi, Kenya, Manchester United legends Andrew Cole and Quinton Fortune – who were in country for the 2012 DHL Champ19ns Trophy Tour – met the DHL van at World Hope’s grounds ten minutes outside the city center to hand out the balls and spend a day with the happy and appreciative kids. The former stars of Old Trafford showed off the Premier League trophy, held ball-handling workshops, scrimmaged with the kids and had a lot of sporty fun.

“It was a great experience just to meet the kids. I see myself, because that’s what I was like as a kid in Cape Town,” said Quinton Fortune.

It was a great experience for the kids, too. Word from DHL Kenya is that they haven’t stopped talking about the day DHL and Manchester United visited them.

Check it out as DHL, Manchester United and 200 kids in Kenya have a ballExternal Link!

See previous footage from CarringtonExternal Link.