Altidore and Johnson back initiative

by Kate Smith

Duo attend anti-racism event at the SoL.

Sunderland AFC stars have met with over 100 school children to help educate them on anti-racism.

Adam Johnson and Jozy Altidore took part in a question and answer session at the Stadium of Light as part of Show Racism the Red Card’s annual event at the home of the Black Cats.

Show Racism the Red Card hosted the event in the Montgomery Suite as children from East Boldon Juniors School and Hadrian Primary School in South Shields enjoyed several educational workshops.

Former north east footballers Richard Offiong, Trevor Benjamin and Dean Gordon were joined by ex-Black Cats skipper Gary Bennett throughout the day as they took part in anti racism and inclusion workshops.

Black Cats striker Jozy Altidore has been a victim of racist abuse and he praised the work of the charity: “I’m always keen to be involved in helping to eradicated racism in any way that I can. The only way we will ever really address the problem is by teaching children and society. It was great to see so many young people here.”

Jeff Morgan, educational manager for Show Racism the Red Card was delighted with the event: “Today has been brilliant and the children have really engaged which is such a vital part of what we’re about.

“Sunderland have been absolutely fantastic and the staff have really gone the extra mile for the event. We have worked with Sunderland AFC for a number of years and they have been great in supporting the work that we do. We always love working with the club and look forward to our next event.”