When Adrian Conoboy runs a soccer camp or clinic for kids, they’re not just impressed with his credentials: a native of London, England, he was a full-time soccer coach in New York for the past eight years before being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016. What really impresses the kids is that he is like them – a cancer survivor.
This year, Conoboy’s non-profit soccer program “We Can Kick It” was chosen by NYCFC (New York City Football Club) to represent New York as their MLS (Major League Soccer) Works Community MVP. “We can Kick It” ended up winning the nationwide competition sponsored by MLS and Wells Fargo Bank. His program was the recipient of a $25,000 check after receiving thousands of online votes for his cause.
While getting treatments for his cancer back in 2016, Conoboy saw lots of kids and family members coming into the hospital with similar diagnoses. “I thought to myself, what can I do?”