BENEFITING: GRASSROOT SOCCER
ORGANIZER: GRASSROOT SOCCER
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
Grassroot Soccer uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV. To achieve that mission, Grassroot (GRS) trains African soccer stars, coaches, teachers, and peer educators in the world’s most HIV-affected countries to deliver an interactive HIV prevention and life skills curriculum to youth: work that extensive studies have confirmed is effectively stemming the spread of HIV in Africa. I encourage you to explore their website and youtube pages as they offer great materials to better understand their work.
Minneapolis, Minnesota native. Current senior at Middlebury College majoring in International Politics and Economics. Enthusiast for all things sports, (Green Bay Packers, College Basketball) but a particular passion for soccer. I’ve been lucky enough to spend time in Africa, Europe, Central America, and South America, with as much soccer (spectating and playing) along the way as possible. Highlights include attending “El Superclasico” a world renown match between Argentinean giants River Plate and Boca Juniors (Vamos Boca!) and playing in an international soccer tournament in Liverpool, England.
26 miles? Piece of cake. That’s what I have always naively thought about marathons and exactly what I thought when I signed up for this one. But apparently it’s not!!! After about two and a half months of training for my first marathon (and running double digit miles for the first time) I no longer view 26 as “cake”. This has been and will continue to be a huge challenge for me, but one that I couldn’t be more excited about undertaking.
Grassroot Soccer and Me
I had a unique opportunity to learn deeply about Grassroot Soccer this past January when I took a class called Philanthropy Ethics and Practice. Our class was given a $100,000 grant from the Once Upon A Time foundation and tasked with giving it away to one or more non-profit organizations. It was not as easy as it sounds. After studying both the philosophy and politics of philanthropy, our class was broken into teams and asked to research, interview, debate, write about, and ultimately support one organization to receive the sizeable grant. After it was all said and done we decided to split the money between four groups, and Grassroot was one of them. I originally brought GRS to the table, and strongly supported them throughout the intensive vetting and debate process, because I believe in everything they’re doing. If you’re interested, this article explains the class in more detail: http://sites.middlebury.edu/middmag/2013/02/08/class-assignment-give-away-100000/
When the class ended I knew my time with GRS wasn’t over, and upon seeing a random Facebook post about the marathon at the beginning of July, knew this was my opportunity to get back in the game. I took the leap and in a few months will be running those “cake” 26 miles to accomplish a personal goal and to support a cause close to my heart.
I am going to raise $3,000 by Marathon time, November 3rd. I hope you take some time to get to know Grassroot and if you feel compelled, support the cause. You can make a donation through this page by clicking on the big DONATE button on the right side of your screen. Thank you everyone!!!