Soccer Without Borders programs are free for all participants, meaning that we rely on donations, grants, and events to provide year-round, holistic youth development programs. When it comes to fundraising, there are few things more inspiring than when young people mobilize their friends to support our mission. Recently, we received a donation from the St. Mark's Cathedral School in Shreveport, Louisiana after they held a penalty kick shootout in honor of SWB, organized by Mackenzie, who is an avid soccer player and 13 years old. The donation came with this note:
My name is Mackenzie and I go to St.Marks Cathedral School in Shreveport, Louisiana. I'm 13 years old and have played soccer since I was three. Soccer is my favorite sport and I love to play it whenever possible. I was inspired to donate to Soccer Without Borders after my dad showed me the video on your website "Playing for Change"...I decided to support Soccer Without Borders because I love the idea of kids being able to connect to the community and make friends through soccer. We decided to have a penalty shootout at the end of the school day for anyone from the 5 to 8th grade that wanted to participate. The fee was three dollars for three kick and there were prizes for first, second, and third place. Overall, the shootout was a huge success! I'm so happy that I was able to donate to your organization and I hope that money helps wherever it is needed most.
A huge shoutout to Mackenzie and everyone at St. Mark's for "kicking for change!"