Soccer Without Borders is a non-profit organization that uses soccer as a vehicle for positive change for underprivileged youth.
"We were born to embrace, not accept it."
I have recently been given the opportunity of a lifetime, and I would love to take just a few lines to tell you about it. I am overwhelmed with joy to share that I will be spending 11 months, from July 2013 to June 2014, in Kamala, Uganda. I have accepted a position as a "Team Leader" for an organization called Soccer Without Borders (SWB). It is an incredible organization that uses the essence of sport to change lives, inspire individuals, and create a positive atmosphere for those that need it most. SWB is not only working towards change using soccer, but is also using education to empower young children in the country of Uganda, as well as other locations both in the United States and abroad. If there is one thing I have learned thus far in my lifetime, it's that a quality education can change an individual's life forever.
I first became involved with Soccer Without Borders when four teammates and I traveled to Granada, Nicaragua for 10 days in the summer of 2011. This trip turned my thoughts around and opened my eyes to a world much bigger than my own. This trip showed my teammates and I the impact sport can have not only on an individual, but on a community. Sport has the ability to bring together so many good things. Communities and families are united, friendships are formed, and joy is found. Despite an unexpected injury during this first trip, I returned back to Granada the following summer for 10 days to work with this thriving community of soccer lovers once again. I just couldn't stay away! It again had an impact on me that I couldn't comprehend. I fell in love with these passionate people and this incredible organaztion!
In Kampala, I will serve for 11 months as a Team Leader. I will coach soccer to children in the program, which includes young Ugandan individuals as well as refugees from surrounding countries. I will also act upon another important role as a teacher. Many children in Uganda are not privileged as we are to receive a free and great education, and I plan to help change that. I hope to bring all that I've learned from the great education I have recieved at Auburn to use learning as a method of growth and positive change. I am so excited to help these children realize their potential both on the field and in the classroom!
The sport of soccer, as well as those individuals involved along the way, has shaped me into the person I am today. Soccer is so much more than a sport. Through sports, we learn hard work. We learn to think critcally and solve problems. We breathe in the fresh air and most importantly, we build relationships. Please help me embrace this challenge with an open heart as I work towards giving every child a great education by promoting health, courage, and friendship through the great sport of soccer! Any and every donation helps, as well as a simple prayer. All donations are tax-deductible. Help us all at Soccer Without Borders PLAY FOR CHANGE!
Thank you so much, and War Eagle always.
If you'd like to learn more about me and my previous trips to Granada, visit my blog: http://wewereborntoembrace.blogspot.com/