Inspiring Maidstone's Future
As a player that played some of his football in the later years of his youth at Maidstone United, Fil was keen to give back to the club in his hometown. Fil visits the club when he can to meet the talented young players and those on disability pathways in football.
The visits are aimed to inspire and motivate players who face physical and/or mental difficulties in their life. For many football is an escape from the everyday struggles they face, Kamps can relate:
"I remember being a young lad, overwhelmed with pressures from school and the challenges of being a deaf teenager in a hearing world. Football was my sanctuary, the pitch a place I could go and forget everything else. To be able to come down and be a part of that experience for these players and hopefully inspire them to follow their dreams is a blessing."
Habitat for Humanity
Martin Luther King Jr. was an exceptional man, fighting for justice and equality in the face adversity. He ultimately lost his life for what he believed in, but his legacy remains to this day. King once said "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017, Fil and his teammates honoured King's legacy by helping to build a home for a family in the local community, in Kingsport, TN, USA. Working alongside Holston Habitat for Humanity, they were able to make significant progress on the construction of the framework and walls of the home ahead of groundbreaking.
Fil said of the day and his team's efforts:
"MLK devoted his life in a fight for justice and equality, he gave to others consistently and today we remember the legacy that he leaves. It's fantastic to be able to give back to those in need and today has been a great chance for myself and the whole King Tornado squad to do just that."
If you would like to know more about Holston Habitat for Humanity or how you can help out you can do so by clilcking on this link.