One of the "all-time greats" - Carlos Valderrama at the Coupe PEPE in Saint-Hyacinthe

SAINT-HYACINTHE, QC, June 10, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Coupe PEPE is tremendously proud to announce that it will welcome Carlos Valderrama to Saint-Hyacinthe on September 3 and 4 of this year. The purpose of this annual event is to raise funds to help needy children and enable them to live their dream of playing the world's most popular sport. It brings together players aged 18 to 78 years, distributed across various age groups and united in their desire to achieve a common goal.

"I am very happy to participate in this great event, and, especially, to get involved in something for children. I look forward, with great anticipation, to meeting the people of Saint-Hyacinthe," explained Valderrama. This exceptional soccer player, who has been voted Colombia's player of the century, was selected 111 times to play internationally - in particular, as a result of Colombia's historic trajectory during the 1990 World Cup. Valderrama has also played for Deportivo Cali, Montpellier in France and four teams in the Major Soccer League. "We feel privileged to welcome this player - whose career has extended over three continents - to our city, and are honoured by his commitment to such a great cause and to our soccer club," declared Claude Bernier, the mayor of Saint-Hyacinthe.

Rubiel Salazar, vice-president of the PEPE Football Club, added: "Meeting with him on his home turf was the realization of a dream for myself and those who accompanied me; when he told us that he would be part of the Coupe PEPE program, our feelings were indescribable."

The PEPE Football Club is a non-profit company founded in 2006, with a single goal: to help disadvantaged children make their dream of playing soccer a reality. The fourth annual Coupe PEPE will be held on September 3 and 4 of this year, in Saint-Hyacinthe. Those looking for more details or wishing to participate in this event can visit the website at http://pepe-club.com/pepe-club/ or contact Pierre Rhéaume (450.774.0948) or André Cournoyer (450.261.1795).

SOURCE PEPE FOOTBALL CLUB

For further information:

Pierre Rhéaume
President
Association de soccer de Saint-Hyacinthe
PEPE Football Club
prheaume@sympatico.ca
Office: 450.774.0948
Cell: 450.501.0226

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