Folks, this request comes to you from Ann Cook, the assistant coach at Penn State University and the finest soccer player Springfield has produced (she’s a Glendale graduate and former national champion with JB Marine) I reproduce it here in the hopes that some of you will be interested in assisting her and the organization in their efforts which are outlined below.
Things are going amazingly well with our project in Granada, Nicaragua. We have office/community center space now and are running programs there for about 100 girls each week. We ran our second annual TEAM camp and coaches’ clinic this year with the help of 22 volunteers representing several different college programs. We have hired 10 Nicaraguan coaches and youth leaders. With their help we ran the first ever girls-only league in Granada this spring! There is a ton of potential with this project. Already we have seen changes in the way the girls see themselves and their future and are starting to see changes in the way they are treated by their male peers. Change is possible but we need your help!
The next step in the evolution of the project is to send two long-term volunteers to Nicaragua. I couldn’t be more proud to say that two of my recent graduates from here at Penn State have decided to take these internships – Kay Adami and Zoe Bouchelle. These are easily two of my all-time favorite kids – kids who make the long, ridiculous hours of coaching more than worthwhile. For you coaches and teachers out there, these are two of the kids who keep you coming back and make you realize why you do what you do. Please support this project and their experience and help them brighten the lives of these Nicaraguan kids. Every little bit helps and it’s incredibly easy (and tax deductible!). Visit http://firstgiving.com/granadaproject to read more about the two of them and to donate online … or if you’d rather, you can send your donations to:
Soccer Without Borders
Care of Granada Project/Kay and Zoe
P.O. Box 22186
San Francisco, CA 94122
Soccer Without Borders’ mission is to use soccer as a vehicle for positive change in the lives of marginalized youth. We are a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, CA, USA, working locally and internationally to help young people develop their bodies, voices and minds.