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Review for Soccer Without Borders, Boston, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The 17-year-old midfielder on the team I coach works at a fast-food restaurant five days a week but doesn't miss class at the high school that has helped him become fluent in English even though he arrived in the USA just a couple of years ago. The little free time he has is spent playing high-level ball with his Soccer Without Borders team. He is one of hundreds of boys and girls, recent immigrants, asylees and refugees from more than 15 nations, three continents, whom I have met since becoming a Soccer Without Borders volunteer. Many have overcome unimaginable challenges to find a safe environment to grow up in. Soccer Without Borders makes them feel at home -- playing the sport they grew up with and love. They become close friends with their teammates and are mentored by their coaches, who inspire them to continue their studies. I am constantly amazed at the resilience of these youngsters, making their way in a new country, often without their parents ... learning a new language. Play, exercise and camaraderie is something all children need in their lives -- and that is what Soccer Without Borders provides.

Role:  Volunteer