Resident soccer fans enjoy a trip of a lifetime
Kristin Morehouse, New Product Design Program Manager at Kohler Co., has had a lifelong passion for soccer. A former collegiate player, an eight-year Kohler Soccer Club coach, and former President for the Kohler Soccer Club, Morehouse continues to share her love of the game with her three children and the local Kohler community.
One of Morehouse’s proudest accomplishments with the Club was arranging for night games to be played by both the high school varsity team and all youth soccer players. For the very first night game, the soccer field was illuminated by borrowed rental power portable light towers. Now, soccer games are held under the lights on the new artificial turf field installed at Ebben Field last year, allowing the tradition and camaraderie of night games to continue.
Recently, Morehouse and her sons, Turk, age 11, and Zack, age 9, experienced the thrill of a lifetime when they flew to Phoenix for the opening match between England’s Manchester United football club and Club America on July 19. Kohler Co. had just announced a multi-year partnership with the renowned soccer club, in which the KOHLER brand logo is featured on the sleeve of the most iconic and best selling club shirt, for both the men’s and women’s teams. The 2018/19 home shirt was worn for the first time by the men’s team at the July 19 match in Phoenix.
Once at University of Phoenix Stadium, Morehouse and the boys had an opportunity to meet some of the players, where they were surprised with official Manchester United “kits,” which included the new KOHLER branded jersey along with shorts and socks.
While in Phoenix, the Morehouse’s were also able to meet Manchester United legend and Irish National team player, Denis Irwin. Kristin said she has been a longtime fan of Irwin, who played from 1983 to 2004. In fact, her son, Turk, was wearing Kristin’s old Manchester United jersey from Irwin’s playing days that had been passed on to Turk when he was born.
The highlight of the experience came during halftime, when Turk and Zack had the chance to take the field and kick a penalty shot against Manchester United’s mascot “Fred the Red”.
“Words cannot express what an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience this was for our family,” Morehouse said. “It was so exciting to see the game, participate on the pitch at halftime, and meet the players and legend Denis Irwin as two iconic brands that we love joined together. It all feels like a dream!”
The Kohler Soccer Club is gearing up for the Fall season, with games beginning September 8. Families with children interested in playing can visit kohlerbombers.shutterfly.com for additional registration information.