Soccer has the power to bring people from diverse backgrounds together to bond over acommon interest. Soccer Without Borders is a wonderful organization that harnesses that quality for the benefit of Boston's youth. As a coach, I've watched the players start the program playing as individuals and finish playing as a team. The kids build confidence, establish long-lasting friendships, and learn to respect each other and different cultures, all while having a lot of fun. Soccer Without Borders is an asset to the community.
I learned of SWB when my daughter had the opportunity to intern in the Nicaragua program. I was fortunate enough to travel there and see for myself how the volunteers were immersed in the community and their work. Their dedication to the girls and the program overall is incredible. They do extraordinary work engaging the young girls through the game of soccer. The benefits go far beyond the game of soccer. A real partnership between the girls and coaches develops in the supportive atmosphere that is created allowing them to confidently pursue their goals. The young girls go forth to be role models and leaders in their community.
The dedication of the Soccer Without Borders staff never ceases to amaze me. They truly believe in the power of their work to affect change, and that conviction leads to success, on the field and off!
My roommate currently works for SWB. She was a prior volunteer with the Uganda program after she graduated college. Since then, I have witnessed all the hard work she has put in to making SWB as successful as possible. Over the past few years, I have met the staff of SWB and many of their program participants. I have also attended numerous fundraising and award functions. Everyone I have met in the process is an inspiration. It is amazing to see soccer bring together such a diverse group of people.