by SWB Baltimore
Following the trend in every other sector, Soccer Without Borders Baltimore has enjoyed adding to their staff the past two summers with energetic, youthful, and ambitious interns. This summer we were fortunate to have the assistance of Danny, Walter, and Teresa both in the office and with our student participants on the field and in the classroom. The year-round staff loves the infusion of interest, excitement, questions, and ideas that the interns bring through their fresh perspectives of the programming we provide to our kids and families in the City of Baltimore.
Danny Reategui played a huge role on the soccer side of things, as he is no stranger to the pitch, because during the school year Danny competes for the Johns Hopkins varsity men’s soccer team as their starting center midfielder and led their team in points during the 2012 season. In his own words: “The days at the International Summer Academy were defined by the smiles on the kids faces when they scored a goal or won a game. I felt joy in my heart to see a Nepali kid hug a kid from Eritrea because they were on the same team. To have kids writing you cards at the end of programming telling you that you are their best friend, that they learned something, and that they had the best summer ever, is more than I had hoped for going into this internship.”
Walter Meeker helped out with both the administration team and the programmatic team. In the office he spent his time working on toolkits and documents to assist our Academic Coaches and Family Mentors, because of his academic prowess as a Biochemistry and Mechanical Engineering major at the University of Dayton. And while, he spent a good deal of time working with the younger ages at the International Summer Academy he enjoyed his time with the older high school program writing, “One thing I noticed is how cohesive of a group the high schoolers are. Throughout the summer, I frequently saw one teammate help another master one of the many skills taught. One of the factors that brings the team so close is the enthusiasm they all share for soccer. Another factor, which creates a bond between them is the struggles they endure as refugees, asylees, and immigrants. Although the students come from diverse backgrounds, many of the difficulties they face when they come to the U.S. are very similar.”
Similar to a precedent that was set last summer, Teresa Towey will remain on with Soccer Without Borders Baltimore for the upcoming 2013-2014 programming year. Her work updating and building upon the literature, research, and statistics that are utilized by the organization will prove to be invaluable as it continues to expand, seek out new partnerships, and acquire new funding streams. Starting this August, Teresa will transition out of her role as a summer intern and into her new role as the Academic Director for SWB Baltimore. The SWB team is thrilled to be adding such a great individual to our staff for the upcoming year!
The team in Baltimore couldn’t have been more pleased with our summer interns and we hope the feeling is mutual! At least one of them felt that way when they wrote: “I hope that I can stay connected with SWB because of the great work being done there and because of the incredible people that I’ve met this summer that are the back-bone of this organization. To give kids an opportunity to engage in fun activities, advance their English literacy and proficiency levels, and to do something positive the whole summer in Baltimore is truly wonderful. I am very satisfied with my internship at SWB and I hope to stay involved in the future.”