Baltimore Events

Upcoming Events

  • 7/30 Happy-Hour Fundraiser (Blue Hill Tavern)
  • Donate to SWB Baltimore

    Check out our Amazon Wish List for items that would help us in athletic and academic programming.


    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
    Ben Frederick Realty
    Breath of God Lutheran Church
    Challenger Sports
    Charm City Soccer League
    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
    The Park School of Baltimore
    Peabody Heights Brewery
    Progressive Printers
    Refugee Youth Project
    Regional Management, Inc.
    Seawall Development Co.
    Towson University
    United Way of Central Maryland
    Venable Foundation
    Washington Spirit (NWSL)
    Y of Central Maryland

    THANKS TO ALL WHO ATTENDED OUR FUNDRAISER! We had a great time and we hope you did too. Thanks also to those who couldn't make it to but donated in celebration of our fifth anniversary.

    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 and SWB Baltimore in the News:

    Soccer Without Borders - Baltimore from Jeremy Jue.