Hello Friends! I will be traveling to Nicaragua from January to March to volunteer with SWB. Thank you all for you support!! Muchas Gracias!
Soccer Without Borders’ mission is to use soccer as a vehicle for positive change, providing under-served youth a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion and personal success.
I feel extremely lucky that I will be able to make a difference in individual’s lives. I am truly excited about my opportunity to develop underpriveleged young girls into not only smart soccer players, but also mature and proud members of their community. Athletics have been an integral part of my life and have shaped me into the person I am today and I hope to instill this same sense of power of sports in the young girls. I believe that soccer teaches valuable life lessons and creates a strong foundation for individuals to develop self-confidence while also providing an important outlet. The beautiful game of soccer is such a powerful sport and I am looking forward to sharing my love of soccer with the girls and women of Nicaragua.
My main responsibility during these six weeks will be to develop the young girls and women as soccer players. There is a lot of potential in these female athletes and I am hoping to do as much as I can to turn them into more skillful and smarter players. Additionally, I will be reaching out to the community by encouraging new team players to join from the local schools. I will also be there for the 5 year anniversary of SWB and am in charge of organizing the first 5k Run/Walk that will involve SWB members, community members and visiting tourists.
Another exciting part of my trip will be the Inter-America Exchange. With the support of the US Department of State and the US Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua, Soccer Without Borders has been selected to design and lead what is perhaps the most comprehensive effort by the US to support the growth of girls’ and women’s soccer in Nicaragua. To date, Nicaraguan girls’ participation in soccer remains underwhelming compared to their male peers, with economic and cultural barriers consistently thwarting strides made in the direction of a more supported National Team, consistent playing opportunities, proper coaching and equipment, and space to play.
During the four years that Soccer Without Borders has worked in Nicaragua, the growth of girls’ sports has been steady but slow, with still just one division of a Women’s National League compared to four on the men’s side. Locally in Granada, a girls’-only division has yet to develop in the ever-expanding Granada recreational league. With boys’ divisions from under-13 to multiple divisions for men, girls’ and women’s teams are forced to enter youth divisions on the boys’ side. School-based teams are virtually non-existent. No law similar to Title IX in the US exists in Nicaragua, so limited resources for sport and other extra-curriculars are easily divided unequally.
This Exchange marks the first phase of a three-phase effort to change this reality. This phase of the Exchange will bring a group of high-level US female college soccer players and coaches to Nicaragua to take part in a week-long series of clinics and showcase soccer matches in three Nicaraguan cities: Managua, Granada and Diriamba. At each locale, the group will host a Coaches Clinic and a Youth Clinic as well as play a Showcase Game. At the conclusion of the week, the group will play a friendly match against the Nicaraguan Women's National Team in the National Stadium of Managua.
Thank you for your support and helping me make a difference in the lives of others.
Where is your money going?
Round trip flight from Boston to Managua, Nicaragua- $600
Living Expenses- $100
Transportation within Nicaragua - $100
Soccer materials/resources for SWB - $100
Food - $100
Every little bit helps :)