Baltimore Events

Upcoming Events

  • 5/24-5/25: HS Tournament -- Columbia Invitational (Columbia, MD)
  • 5/29: Baltimore Annual Fundraiser, "Our World Cup" (Clyburn Arboretum, 6-9:30pm)
  • 6/8: HS Sand Duels Beach Tournament (Ocean City, MD)
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Come celebrate our 5th anniversary and get into the World Cup spirit just in time for Brazil 2014!

May 29 at Cylburn Arboretum
All proceeds benefit SWB Baltimore
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Baltimore Staff

Jill Pardini, Program Director
Alyssa Budros, Director of Coaching & Youth Development
Kate McGrain, VISTA Volunteer Coordinator
Kat Sipes, Co-Director of Coaching
Teresa Towey, Academic Director

Program Partners

Abbott Memorial Presbyterian Church
Angelo's Soccer Corner
ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community
Baltimore Blast Indoor Soccer
Baltimore Bohemians Soccer
Baltimore City Community College
Baltimore City Public School System
Baltimore Community Foundation
Baltimore Resettlement Center
Baltimore Safe & Sound Campaign
Breath of God Lutheran Church
Challenger Sports
Clementine Restaurant
College of William & Mary Women's Soccer
DC United Kicks for Kids Program
Donna's Cafe
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Episcopal Refugee & Immigrant Ctr Alliance
Gettysburg College Women's Soccer
Goodnow Community Center
Goucher College UMOJA Club
International Rescue Committee
Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies
Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation
Liam Flynn's Ale House
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola U Ctr for Comm. Svc. & Justice
Lois & Philip Macht Philanthropic Fund
Maryland Mentoring Partnership
Maryland Office for Refugees & Asylees
Montgomery Soccer, Inc.
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Open Society Institute Baltimore
Park School of Baltimore
Progressive Printers
Refugee Youth Project
Towson University
United Way of Central Maryland
Washington Spirit (NWSL)
Y of Central Maryland


SWB Baltimore, MD, USA is an SWB core program.

Program Background: Soccer Without Borders Baltimore City began in the fall of 2009 in response to various state, local, and non-profit agencies that serve the city’s burgeoning refugee population identifying a need for positive recreational programming for area refugee youth. In response, SWB Baltimore emerged to provide opportunities in the form of soccer, simultaneously encouraging healthy living while developing English-language abilities, teamwork, academic success, and cross-cultural skills.

SWB Baltimore student-athletes, 2013 Journey to America fundraiser

Program Description: SWB Baltimore’s mission is to use soccer to promote positive change. We do this by providing refugee, asylee, and immigrant youth with a toolkit that they can use to overcome obstacles that might otherwise inhibit growth, inclusion, and success. We utilize the global power of soccer to create positive life changes through five key programming areas: soccer play and instruction, off-field lessons and academic tutoring, civic engagement, team building, and cultural exchange. Currently SWB Baltimore serves middle-school and high-school students. The student-athletes who make up the program have recently arrived to Baltimore City from a variety of countries, including but not limited to, Cameroon, Eritrea, Somalia, Rwanda, DRC, Congo, Tanzania, Ethiopia, El Salvador, Mexico, Sudan, Guinea, Iraq, Bhutan, and Nepal. While these young people come from diverse backgrounds, they share a passion for soccer and a genuine interest in and desire to engage with their new surroundings. Few of these kids have ever played organized soccer or had their own equipment or proper coaching. In addition to regular programming, participants have the opportunity to enjoy special events such as college visits, summer camp, conferences and trainings, and outings to watch college and professional soccer games.

Recent Highlights:

Soccer Without Borders - Baltimore from Jeremy Jue.