Appeal to aid ailing former SVG soccer star

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First published on caribbean life news  Author Nelson King

Several St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ national sports stars, sporting organizations, friends and supporters in New York are appealing for financial support for ailing former national football (soccer) star Keith “Slick” Clark.

Clark, who carried Bonadie as his last name during most of his football career at home, is hospitalized at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn.

Patrons at a cultural show — on Sept. 6, 2014, at Meyer Levin Intermediate School in Brooklyn, organized by the United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) — were informed that Clark had suffered a stroke.

Reports currently indicate that he has since sustained a series of medical complications.

Thus, the executive body of the newly-formed, Brooklyn-based St. Vincent & the Grenadines United States of America Sports Association (SVG-USASA), along with former national sports stars, friends and supporters, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 18, visited Clark at this bedside.

Clark is renowned as a talented mid-fielder, who thrilled soccer-loving fans, at home and in New York, for three decades, from the 1970s through the ‘90s.

SVG-USASA, through its Sports Legends and Legacy Fund, and with the contributions of all visitors, donated US$500 to the Clark family during their two-hour-long visit.

During the September 2014 cultural show, UVCGB successfully appealed to the audience to “dig deep into your pockets, pocket books and wallets” in supporting Clark.

The audience responded generously, and UVCGB presented US$1,300.00 to Clark, who had earlier addressed the audience.

Stanley “Luxie” Morris — under whose captaincy Clark played at home in the 1970s and 80s, and in New York, for Hairoun Sports Club, in the 1990s – told Caribbean Life, in September 2014, that he was gratified by the outpouring of support for his “fallen brother.”

“He’ll not be alone at this time when he needs love, encouragement, prayers and other assistance,” said Morris, adding that he and Clark “go way back — from Hospital Road to Shingle City to Old Montrose to Edinboro (in St. Vincent and the Grenadines) to Prospect Place, Brooklyn.”

SVG-USASA is asking the public to visit Clark in Room 328 at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center.

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