For those of you who know me, it is no surprise that I immediately gravitated towards the women's soccer team at Christ School. I have been playing soccer for 20 years now, and to say it has a special place in my heart would be an understatement. I was lucky enough to play soccer almost every day of the trip and it was on one of the most beautiful pitches I have ever see in my life. The grass was lush and the mountains in the background provided an overwhelming feeling that is hard to show through pictures. Aside from the beautiful scenery, the next thing I noticed was the ladies' attire. Many of them had no cleats (they were barefoot) and were wearing non-athletic shorts or skirts with leggings. I have a heart for women's soccer and this team was pulling on my heart strings from the start.
Getting to know + play with the women's team was such a blessing! I loved seeing them work hard and grow as a team in the short time I was there. I am so excited to announce both the women and men's teams are headed to Regionals! This is so great for the school's and town's morale. It is great that they can all rally around the student's talents and provide them with support! This being said, the teams are in desperate need for funds to get to nationals! Traveling and hotel accommodations are expensive and they do not have nearly enough money for both teams to travel.
As a community which is often looked down upon as remote and removed, backwards and challenged, we want to go and compete. We want to allow our students to show that they are competitive, strong-willed, and solid; and even more so, we want them to believe that about themselves. When they have the opportunity to compete at this level and travel to other places in the country, their thoughts about themselves change – they see and experience how their hard work pays off in tangible ways, how their efforts impact where they’re going. And in a place where there’s little space or freedom to dream, where our students aren’t necessarily taught that their hard work directly affects what will come, where hope is hard to come by… this opportunity suddenly becomes bigger than football. It whispers hope to their souls. It teaches them to dream, to cultivate ambition, and to dedicate themselves to their goals.
-Sarah Crane, Employee of Christ School Bundibugyo
They need $10,000 to get the boys and girls to nationals. Any amount helps to help them reach their goal! To give, click here and use designation number 12510. As you can see in the pictures below, many of the girls are also in need of practice attire and gear. Any extra money given will go into a fund that helps provide the girls with balls, cleats, jerseys and other needs through out the season.
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