US ambassador's special guests at game

Over 400 underprivileged Singaporean children were given a special treat yesterday, when they were hosted by US Ambassador to Singapore David Adelman during the LionsXII's match against Sabah at Jalan Besar Stadium.

The children were from Boys' Town, Assumption Pathway School, Northlight School and various Family Service Centre recipients under The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.

It was the first live football match for many of them. The US Embassy sponsored their tickets as part of its efforts to encourage youth to make sport a part of their life.

Said Mr Adelman, 48, who was also watching his first live LionsXII match:

'We chose the LionsXII because they're a local team focused on developing young players.

'Americans love their sport. It builds leadership, sportsmanship and competitiveness. We want to bring this message of empowering the youth in Singapore.'