"Sport has the power to change the world…it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”
Soccer clinics are an essential part of our work in Africa, providing us a platform to educate children about life through sport, using the most popular sport in the world. The primary focus of our clinics is to provide the children with the tools to be successful in school and in their communities. We achieve this by relating soccer to real life situations, through exercises and drills in which we underline the importance of good decision making, developing individual skills and working together as a team. In an effort to create incentives to do well in school, we require students have a “C” average or above to attend our clinics. We also provide our participants with school supplies, including English and Math notebooks, rulers, pens and pencils to help ease the burden of school expenses on the children and their families. The average cost of a soccer clinic for 40 children is $200. In addition, we like to award scholarships for a semester’s tuition to top clinic participants, which averages $30 per scholarship over the $200 cost of the clinic itself.
Soccer Tournaments are an important part of our work, because they serve as an extension of our soccer clinics and as a bridge to the communities we work in. They allow us the opportunity to reach out to other under-served schools and orphanages in the areas we are working, providing them with not only an exciting day of soccer, but also a measure of inspiration and hope. Most schools and orphanages in Africa don’t have their own balls and jerseys and if they do, they are usually tattered and torn. We provide each team with soccer balls, jerseys, shorts, refreshments and medals for their participation. In addition, we provide each individual player with school supplies, including English and Math notebooks, to help ease the burden of school expenses on the children and their families. The average cost of a tournament for six schools is $1000.