Play it Forward
September 18, 2007 10:00 PM
The Under-16 girls team of the Issaquah Soccer Club used a local Youth Soccer Month event as a platform to launch their new community service project ""Play it Forward"". ""Play if Forward"" is a community service project the girls started when they got new uniforms this year. Their old uniforms were in perfect condition, so they knew they had to do something with them. While looking for an organization to help with their idea, they came across World Vision.
World Vision is an organization that offers relief to poor families in over a 100 places in the world, including the United States. Once they contacted the World Vision, Mike Lane, the Corporate Relations Officer for World Vision, was thrilled that the girls wanted to help. Lane introduced them to a growing program already associated with soccer, ""Get a Kick out of Sharing"". ""Get a Kick out of Sharing"" is a program that is designed to reach a goal of donating 250,000 soccer balls to children who love the game but have never played with a real ball.
Excited about their project, the girls of Issaquah wrote emails, contacted teams, and made flyers to inform participates that were to attend an upcoming tournament, where Youth Soccer Month would be celebrated, about their project. The team collected 186 soccer balls, 19 pairs of cleats, 30 jerseys and raised $677.00 to buy soccer balls for children all over the world.
To learn more about the teams ""Play if Forward"" program and to learn how to start your own community service project click here.