Kacey Connolly wrote -
This summer, between July 30th-August 7th, I will be heading to Granada, Nicaragua to volunteer with Soccer Without Borders (SWB), an organization that serves under-privileged youth, and uses soccer as a platform for personal growth and education. Along with coaching, I am collecting monetary donations and equipment that will go directly to Soccer Without Borders.
SWB serves young kids across the globe who have not had the opportunity to participate in team sports. SWB uses soccer as a catalyst to help kids develop a healthy living style, self respect, and a social circle. Each SWB chapter adapts to the needs of the community within their location.
SWB Granada focuses on giving girls an opportunity to play soccer. In Granada, Nicaragua, 52% of girls never complete primary school, and only 29% of girls have the opportunity to attend secondary school. Instead of receiving an education, young girls have the burden of raising younger siblings and doing household chores for their whole family placed on them. Not only do young women in Nicaragua lack the opportunity to receive a proper education, but only 13% of them participate in sports, formally and informally. 90% of them report barriers in participation. Sports play a crucial role in teaching important life skills, making healthy choices, and becoming well-rounded, an opportunity that most of the girls do not have.
By participating in SWB's program, girls in Nicaragua have the chance to break the cycle. The soccer program teaches them the importance of teamwork, leadership, friendship, and communication. Along with soccer, SWB offers an education program which includes encouraging girls to stay in school, and tutoring them to help them succeed. SWB empower the girls through soccer, and connects them to tangible education and career opportunities.
I am lucky enough to have played soccer for the last 13 years in a community that allows both girls and boys to play organized sports. Playing sports has shaped me as a person, and taught me crucial life skills such as how to work with a team, and how to be a leader. I am so excited to get the opportunity to coach and play with SWB Nicaragua participants, promote positive change within them, and share my love of soccer with them.
Any donations (1$, 5$, 10$, or more) are greatly appreciated, to help this effective organization continue to help underprivileged kids. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit soccerwithoutborders.org.