CREATING BELONGING

As Covid-19 continues to affect vulnerable communities across the world, our global team is supporting one another and our peers to navigate these unprecedented times with empathy, kindness, and patience.

BELONGING IS A BASIC HUMAN NEED

This is true for everyone, but it is especially true of young people, who are still developing the mental resiliency skills they need to process the massive changes going on around us. Belonging nourishes like food, it protects like Vitamin C, it washes away harm like soap, and it strengthens resiliency in a way that none of those other things can.

Soccer Without Borders exists to build a more inclusive world. Soccer is the vehicle, but we have always been in the business of combatting exclusion and isolation with belonging.  Our global direct service staff is in constant communication with our participants and their families to make sure they have access to continuing opportunities for education, connection, and social services.

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MAKE A DONATION

During the pandemic, Soccer Without Borders is actively reaching vulnerable youth through virtual programming, mentoring, food and material support, education and health resources, translation, and referrals to social services.

We recognize that the effects of Covid-19 are substantial and that the need is vast. If you are able, please consider a donation to sustain our work with underserved youth.

Soccer Without Borders is a registered 501(c)(3) with EIN 20-3786129. To donate through a DAF, by mail, or by starting a fundraising campaign, click here.  

OUR GAME PLAN

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected every community that we serve. From food, housing, and economic instability, to lack of access to virtual schooling and educational resources, to social isolation and struggles to maintain positive mental health, and more, it is impossible to fully capture the impact that Covid-19 has had on Soccer Without Borders participants and their families.

Since the very beginning of the first lockdowns, as schools, parks, and fields began to close, Soccer Without Borders has worked to combat social isolation with belonging. We immediately adapted to all-virtual and hybrid program activities, providing direct assistance and resources such as computers, meals, and internet access, and triaging the needs of our participants and families, making referrals and supporting translation when their needs fall outside of our scope. Our team-based model connects youth to caring mentor-coaches and is designed to build meaningful relationships.

Supporting Youth & Families During Covid-19

1,335

SWB participants directly reached through remote programming

557

Female SWB participants engaged in remote programming 

679

participants engaged in mentoring activities outside of team programming

120 

teams participating in Stay Home Seasons 

from five countries

1,041 

equipment and materials distributed to youth

898 

families reached for food delivery and referrals 

Scope of the Virtual Summer Academy

40

hours of English language development per participant

575

youth participants engaged

2.5

hours of 1-on-1 mentorship per participant in English language development and wellness

15

hours of fitness-based activity per participant

GET THEM TO THE FIELD

In a typical season, our mantra "get them to the field" means solving logistical, cultural, linguistic, and economic barriers that too often keep participants from accessing opportunities on the field and off.  Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the field has constantly been changing, but our approach remains the same. During lockdowns, our team worked tirelessly to engage participants through the Stay Home Season, online challenges, individual check-ins, at-home learning packets and activities, food deliveries, and the Virtual Summer Academy.

When and where it is safe to return to play, coaches have initiated pod sessions to reduce the number of players, adapted safeguarding procedures to ensure health risks were caught early, and adopted new best practices for masks, sanitization, and teaming at a social distance.

HEAR FROM OUR COACHES

FEATURED TACTICS

Our global direct service staff is in constant communication with our participants and their families to make sure they have access to continuing opportunities for education, connection, and social services.

A CALL TO ADDRESS YOUTH ISOLATION

SMILE TOGETHER

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VIRTUAL SUMMER ACADEMY

SUMMER 2020

English Language Development 

Wellness 

Physical Fitness 

Social Connection

YOU PLAY BEST WHEN YOU'RE SMILING

There are many digital resources getting created to support educators, families, and organizations that we are utilizing in our programs. Below are some of the resources we've developed to actively maintain a culture of belonging among our coaches, staff, participants, and communities.

COACH'S GUIDE TO A STAY HOME SEASON

BEATS THAT MOVE THE CLEATS

COACH'S GUIDE TO A STAY HOME SEASON

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IN-PERSON SOCCER ACTIVITIES ADAPTED FOR PHYSICAL DISTANCE

KEEP THE BALL MOVING JUGGLE CHALLENGE