Moutaz all ready for college life!
The U18 Boys Team!
Moutaz all ready for college life!
The U18 Boys Team!
By: Cat Webster, Team Leader
Back to school is always an exciting time, and as schools opened up their doors last week, FSF Granada had even more to celebrate. Fourteen girls from the Mariposa Seniors, Estrellas, and FC Sweet Lake were selected in the first class of secondary school scholarship recipients. The selected girls are provided with a package of school supplies and uniforms, monthly tuition, and an advisor with whom they will meet twice weekly. The tuition payment also makes it possible for girls to switch schools, even to private schools or morning classes, freeing them up to participate further in SWB activities.
What's more, the benefits of this program extend past the fourteen participants selected. All girls will be able to trade attendance points for school supplies and uniforms in addition to soccer equipment. They will also have access to specific homework hours in our office, which provides access to computers, internet, and additional school and art supplies. While scholarships are currently offered only to girls in secondary school, the younger teams are aware and excited about the program as well, and are eager to earn their "beca" in the future.
The education program has been in the imagination and planning phase for several years, but was only recently brought to life by an incredibly generous donation. Program leadership collaborated to identify the issues that girls struggle against when trying to stay in school, and researched other local and international scholarship programs to see how the program can effectively combat these issues. They used their local contacts to find the best way to go about uniform selection and tuition payment, and worked together to distribute applications, hold parent meetings, and select the best participants. The scholarship criteria focused both on the participant’s economic need and on her qualities as an “active and complete participant” in FSF- dedicated, humble, honest, and hardworking (among many others).
Mariposa Sr. coach Cesar Morales begins a new role as Education Program Coordinator. Coaches Hassell Chavez and Helen Ramirez will serve as the advisors to scholarship recipients. Each will meet with seven becadas (scholarship recipients) weekly, and will provide homework assistance and counseling on potential school issues. Their unique position as former participants turned coaches will help them to be strong role models for the girls, and we look forward to watching them grow in this role. Finally, Coach Estefan Bolanos will lead the uniform and school supply exchanges, and all coaches will play a role in raising awareness about the program as well as selecting future recipients.
This program represents Soccer Without Borders’ increased focus on our participants’ growth as students as well as citizens and soccer players and we are so grateful for the opportunity to deepen our educational impact, while playing a larger role in supporting academic success!
"As an adult, I want to be a pediatrician and with education I want to acquire knowledge, habits, and skills that will allow me to develop into a more comprehensive person." - Michelle (Sweet Lake), 12 years old, Grade 8vo
By: Amy Howard, Team Leader
SWB Uganda has had a few very exciting months! First, we moved into a new center that we are falling more in love with each day. Then, last month, we had a very fun and successful Youth Festival, where nearly 300 participants came out to enjoy! Most recently, we are VERY PROUD to say that through a partnership with Xavier Project in Kampala, Uganda, 16 of our participants have been chosen to receive scholarships to attend school! In December, over 50 of our participants - majority being Congolese refugees - were selected to participate in a month-long intensive English program held by Xavier Project. During that month, our students attended school in Katwe, Kampala every day (Monday - Friday) to improve their English as much as possible. Many of the top teachers from around the area were leading the classes. At the end of January, all of the students took an English exam to find out what they had learned so far. Out of the 20 scholarships available by Xavier Project, 16 of the recipients were from Soccer Without Borders Uganda. Xavier Project chose the recipients based on test scores, behavior, effort, and potential. We are so proud of our students as they started their education this past week at various schools in the Nsambya area. It is amazing to see the way meaningful local partnerships can work together to create opportunities and strengthen the community.
For more information on the Xavier Project, visit their website.
Hofstra University will award an honorary degree to Brazilian and New York Cosmos soccer legend Pelé for his humanitarian work and contributions to the sport during an international conference examining the historical, political, and economic impact of the game, Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz announced this week.
Pelé, named “The Player of the 20th Century” by FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, and one of the “100 Most Influential People of the Century” by TIME magazine, also will be honored with a plaque in Hofstra University’s soccer stadium. Pelé is the honorary president of the New York Cosmos, the team he led to a championship almost 40 years ago. The Cosmos are the reigning 2013 NASL champions and play at Hofstra’s James M. Shuart Stadium.
The conference, “Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football’s Artistry, Identity & Politics”, will bring together more than 100 scholars, journalists, players and coaches from 25 countries on April 10-13, 2014 for one of the largest academic symposia ever convened about the sport in the United States. It is being presented in collaboration with more than a dozen academic and sports institutions, including the Cosmos, the Consulates General of South Africa and Brazil in New York and the United States Soccer Federation, which last year celebrated its 100th anniversary. Hofstra History professors Dr. Brenda Elsey and Dr. Stanislao Pugliese are co-directors.
Topics will include women and soccer; soccer and philanthrophy; the semiotics, history and governance of the game; how the sport is represented in art and literature; and its influence on religion and cultural identity.
Read more and join SWB at the Soccer and Philanthropy panel on Saturday, April 12, 11:30am-1:00pm.