For the third year in a row, the mens and womens soccer teams at Skidmore College are organizing an amazing event. The teams come together to hold a week-long soccer camp for the Saratoga Springs community during the school districts spring break. In an all-volunteer effort, the players and coaches from the program spend the week with more then 125 young soccer players from Saratoga Springs. It is a unique opportunity for the kids during spring break to enjoy the great facilities at Skidmore and connect with some truly wonderful role-models that play soccer for the school. As if that weren't merit enough, all of the proceeds from the camp are donated to SWB Uganda, 100% of which go directly to providing soccer and learning opportunities for refugee youth and Ugandan youth living in the community of Ndejje.
Here is a link from Skidmore's site about last year's camp with some great photos.
The camp is a beautiful example of how soccer connects people. From bringing the Saratoga Springs community closer together, to making a connection between young people across oceans from different worlds, to uniting the diverse community of Ndejje with its refugee and Ugandan population.
We are truly grateful to the Skidmore soccer programs, Skidmore college and the Saratoga Springs community for their support and initiative in making this possible. Below are some images of the work that this camp makes possible, you can also read more about the project from current SWB Interns Stevie Dunning and Lisa Clark on their blog at swbuganda.blogspot.com.