I have been lucky enough to experience the many joys and benefits of soccer over the course of my life. Soccer has allowed me to travel the country and achieve many successes. However, the most valuable gifts I have been given through soccer run deeper than these. Soccer has helped me grow and develop into the person I am today. I've learned numerous life lessons through the sport that have changed me for the better. Soccer also gave me an extended family and friends who I will never forget. And I believe this enriched lifestyle would not have come to fruition without soccer.

The sport of soccer has given me so much and I know it has the power to do the same for others. While there are many positive sporting experiences, soccer is the most universally accessible; at its most basic level it offers playing opportunities that are low-cost, physically beneficial, inclusive and enjoyable. Soccer also enjoys worldwide popularity, making it the perfect platform from which to develop physically, socially, and individually. Soccer Without Borders believes that the potential of soccer to make change is deeper than simply playing the game. Soccer’s interpersonal environment has the unique potential to meaningfully impact participants. Within the environment provided by soccer, youth are exposed to the benefits of soccer and team sports for their bodies, voices, and minds, and supported in the application of these benefits to their everyday lives and future goals. Soccer provides an avenue for positive engagement, a platform for personal growth, and a toolkit for a brighter future. Please help me spread the gift of soccer to underprivileged girls in Nicaragua. Together we can give tehm the opportunities they deserve and change their lives for the better.

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