Chester Kids Find Self-Expression With Sports Jersey Designs

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A sports jersey created at Design FC.
Image via Design FC website.
A sports jersey created at Design FC.

Former Swarthmore College soccer player Omri Gal launched Design FC, an after-school nonprofit program home-based at the Stetser Elementary School in Chester that lets students design sports jersey as a way to explore art and express themselves, writes Isabella DiAmore for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The program made a strong impact on Kevin Stanford and Nyrell Hackett who joined Design FC as seventh graders back in 2018.

They designed jerseys back In 2020, while isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 “Stop the violence,” “I want to grow up to see 18,” and “Make the world a better place,” reads phrases on Hackett’s jersey.

“Where we grow up, it’s like, everywhere in the world is bad,” said Hackett. “We got tired of all the gun violence, everything that was going on in Chester, so we just put it on our jerseys.”

Thoe jerseys ended up being chosen for use as as kits in the online video game FIFA 2021 Ultimate Team produced by EA Sports.

The two have stayed with the Design FC program. These days, they are mentors for fourth- and fifth-grade students.

Read more about how Omri Gal started Design FC and more about how Stanford and Hackett got involved in the program in The Philadelphia Inquirer.


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