Soccer is a global game. A game about sportsmanship, about building bridges.
It’s the type of game where three girls from New Jersey can help make life better for those in Granada, Nicaragua, by raising money for a girls’ soccer team and educational program there.
These three girls, Bridget, Charlotte and Lucy, have started a Soccer Without Boarders fundraising event to try to help those giving in Granada. At 10 (“almost 11”), 9 and 8, these sisters have already dipped their toes into the world of sports. Bridget plays goalkeeper for World Class FC X-Treme, and says Kelley O’Hara is her favorite player. Charlotte plays softball on a travel team and loves watching Crystal Dunn. And Lucy, who is hoping to play soccer on a travel team now that she’s old enough, is a big Alex Morgan fan.
When I asked the sisters why they decided to do this, their answer was mature beyond their years:
We love soccer. We think that all girls should be able to play soccer like we do. Not all girls in the world have the opportunities that we do, and we think that is unfair. Soccer Without Borders can be the solution to that problem. They also provide exceptional education programs too. It’s important to do good for others, and it feels good too. We wanted to find a fundraiser or volunteer activity that we could do at our age. A lot of the ideas we had are for much older kids. Soccer Without Borders was an excellent opportunity for us to help because their ambassador program accepts people of all ages. It’s fun and exciting to do it together as sisters.
They’ve already raised over $1600 and Positive Tracks, a group that helps youth athletes become civic activists, will double that. Just yesterday they shared an update on the campaign on Facebook, stating that their Grenada drive has been so successful, Soccer Without Borders has asked if they’d direct their efforts towards a similar program in Uganda:
We have raised enough money to help fund the Soccer Without Borders Grenada La Villa expansion. La Villa is a more remote area in Grenada, and SWB hopes to reach girls there that may not have been able to participate in the past. The awesome people at SWB have asked us if we would also include their girls program in Kampala, Uganda now that the La Villa expansion is on track. Of course, we said YES! It’s not just soccer. Refugees from six different countries who speak nine different languages receive English language learning from SWB in Kampala. Please keep spreading the word, so we can help girls everywhere.