It’s been awhile since our last post, but we’re proud to report we’ve had a great year so far at Soccer Grow. There are roughly 3.5 billion soccer fans worldwide, and a majority live in abject poverty. Since we got started in June of 2008, we’ve given away, in conjunction with our partners, thousands in merchandise, and hundreds of dollars has been contributed to help these underprivileged people.
-Awarded an “Awesomeness” college scholarship for $1,000
-Helped hundreds of underprivileged children in Kenya over the Christmas holidays with the gift of shoes through Kicks for Kenya
-We helped many of the homeless in the United States find a purpose through our donations to the Homeless World Cup
-We raised awareness on the plight of the disadvantaged in remote areas of Kenya through hundreds of dollars in contributions to Shoes 4 Life
A Bright Future
From the rolling hills of Columbia, Missouri to the arid plains of Nairobi, Kenya, our organization is working to build better future for all the worlds’ people through the power of the universal language of soccer. Sports can break down barriers the normally rigid lines of social class, ethnicity, and culture, providing a unique opportunity to affect positive change in the world’s most divided places.
The Spanish team that won the 2010 World Cup is great example of this. Castilians, Basques, and Catalans all came together on one team, with one mission. They were able to do what politicians have not, put aside centuries of mistrust between there peoples and work together for a common goal, winning the World Cup. Not for Catalonia, or Pais Vasco, or the rest of Spain, but for all Spaniards.
It’s our hope, that in the coming months we can harness the same spirit of cooperation and unity to expand our impact and bring about even more positive change with the help of our global partners. But, we need your help. Soccer Grow maybe be small, but we are having a big effect, and we need your donations to keep giving the gift of soccer to those who need it most. Remember, even $1 goes a long way.
Written by: Matthew M. Wall