Cambridge, MA - Last month, girls at Soccer Without Borders programs had the opportunity to sport some new gear on the field thanks to ASIYA®. ASIYA, a modest activewear company, donated sport hijabs to participants across SWB programs and they loved the product!
SWB participants enjoyed and reflected upon how the sport hijabs felt while playing:
"I like the [sport] hijab because it is helpful and when I wear my normal one in games it covers my eyes and I can't see. I loved wearing this hijab!" - Leila
"I liked my sport hijab because it helped me play better soccer." - Oumaima
"This hijab was soo good because it is soft and it didn't come off like my normal one does." - Aziza
"It was so perfect! I hope we can try different colors next time." - Dana
ASIYA® is a sport and activewear brand striving to level the playing field for Muslim females everywhere. Their mission is to help enable more Muslim girls and women to be physically active and participate in sports, while upholding their religious and cultural beliefs. ASIYA was founded by Fatimah Hussein, a refugee from Somalia, who has focused her work on helping to promote physical activity and the eliminate barriers of access for young Muslim girls to participate in sport.
“The sport hijab designed by ASIYA is an innovative solution to a real, day-to-day challenge facing many of the girls in our programs,” said SWB Co-Founder Mary McVeigh. “Our coaches and program leaders spend a majority of their time looking for ways to reduce or eliminate barriers to participation. We are thrilled that our girls love this product and are so grateful to ASIYA for supporting our work with their donation”.
"We are thrilled to partner with Soccer Without Borders, and support the great work that they are doing. It's our mission at ASIYA to increase participation rates in sports among Muslim girls. Our sports hijabs are designed so that girls can be active while upholding their beliefs. But it's only by partnering with great organizations like this that we are able to see this mission through” said ASIYA Founder Fatimah Hussein.
About Soccer Without Borders
Soccer Without Borders, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that runs year-round youth development programs in under-served areas in the USA and abroad, Soccer Without Borders uses soccer as a vehicle for positive change. Through five core activities and a powerful team environment, SWB programs provide youth with a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion and personal success. Since 2006, SWB has led programs and collaborations in eleven countries on five continents. The winners of the 2017 FIFA Diversity Award, Soccer Without Borders is best known for its work with newcomer refugee, asylee, and immigrant youth as well as engaging girls of all cultural background.
ASIYA® is a sport and activewear brand striving to level the playing field for Muslim females everywhere. Our initial line of sport hijabs enable Muslim girls and women to have the freedom to participate in physical activities and sports while still upholding their religious and cultural beliefs.
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