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Soccer Without Borders

Maryland

Serving newcomer youth in Baltimore and Baltimore County since 2009

SWB Maryland in Action

I decided to join SWB, because SWB took me in as family. They accepted me as who I am and treated me as one of theirs. They help me with a lot, school wise, mental wise, physical wise, they help me in many ways. I can’t thank SWB enough, for real, they are family and I will forever take them as family because I know I can also come to them. Moral of the story, I belong here.

Annette, SWB Maryland Participant

About SWB Maryland

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Based in Baltimore City, Soccer Without Borders Maryland directly serves newcomer refugee and immigrant youth in Baltimore City and County through out-of-school-time programs during the school year and summer. Participants include large numbers of Eritrean, Congolese, Syrian and Nepali youth, as well as Salvadoran, Ecuadorian and Guatemalan students. Nearly 40% of our participants identify as girls, nearly all playing an organized sport for the first time. Some students have been in the country for weeks, others for years, and together they make up a dynamic community of youth, each with their own unique story. With a focus on English language development on and off the field, SWB Maryland supports newcomer youth grades K-12 to build a sense of agency, belonging, and contribution.

Featured Initiatives

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Video: Soccer Builds Bridges

Baltimore Coach

Summer Enrichment

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Mayor's Office Awards ARPA Funds

SWB Maryland By the Numbers

Most Recent Year

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Overview

570

total youth served

99%

participant retention rate

34

participant countries of origin (and 24

languages spoken)

49

summer youth leadership positions

100%

high school graduation rate for regular participants

316

individuals in the Family Mentor Program

Spotlights

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Spotlight: Coach Perspective, Getting Girls in the Game

With a strong emphasis on gender equality, the coaching staff at the Landsdowne Middle School site has concentrated on fostering strong bonds between the group of girls on the team within this co-ed program. One of the ways this has been done is through the creation of a girls group, which is a safe space for girls to talk about their experiences, strengthen friendships, and support each other. 

Spotlight: Kat Sipes, 
Program Manager

SWB Baltimore Program Manager Kat Sipes started her relationship with Soccer Without Borders as a volunteer during her time as an undergraduate at Towson University, where she played Division I soccer. A Baltimore native and one of our longest-tenured team members, Kat joined SWB Maryland full-time in 2014 and has coached virtually every age group and gender at SWB.

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SWB Maryland Partners

Building a more inclusive world requires a shared purpose and a collaborative approach. Our partners and supporters enable us to provide programming to youth free-of-cost, while also providing complementary services to youth and families when their needs fall outside of our scope.

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Baltimore City Community College
Baltimore County Public Schools
Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle
BGE
Blaustein Foundation

Crane Foundation

Dick’s Sporting Goods
Family League of Baltimore City
France-Merrick Foundation
Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
JMI Equity

Mario I & Henry J Knott Foundation Maryland Office for Refugees & Asylees

Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds
Schusterman Foundation
T. Rowe Price Foundation
Venable Foundation
Under Armour

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