I have been involved with Soccer Without Borders for a few years. I have volunteered at the SWB Kampala Uganda annual Youth Festival three times and I continue to support the organization, and that location specifically, monetarily each month. To say that I am a big fan of and a huge believer in SWB would be an understatement. From top to bottom I believe the organization is very well run, has the right value structure, and truly "gets" what it means to help and serve others. I am always impressed with the dedication and professionalism of SWB's staff members—both those in the U.S. and in Uganda. And, as people often say about volunteer opportunities, I get as much, if not more, out of helping and volunteering with SWB than the kids in Uganda that I am assisting. I've made some great friends through SWB and I always look forward to planning and making my next trip to SWB Kampala. How the organization affects the lives of others, in the U.S. and internationally, is astounding.
I was connected to Soccer Without Borders in 2011. Since then I have had the chance to visit their Nicaragua and Boston programs and work with a variety of coaches, program staff, kids, and families. The program supports communities in a holistic way that provides opportunities to matter and get involved, along with the additional social services that are vital to the success of newcomer families and youth, along with girls (who so rarely get the chance to play sports, especially abroad).
I take students from the University of Idaho to Nicaragua each summer to study global health and community development. We spend an afternoon and evening with Soccer Without Borders in Granada. Each time I am so impressed with how capable and committed the volunteers are and how much they are doing to enhance the life of Nicaraguan girls. They are terrific role models for my students and provide fresh insight into the rich rewards that come from committing yourself to service.