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I am highlighting our recent NW Football Ministries camp with Thrive International in Spokane, WA. Thrive is an offshoot of World Relief, who we have partnered with for 3 years now. We host a summer soccer camp for refugee youth every year. This year we served 60 kids, representing 10 different countries. The kids received a pair of cleats, soccer socks, shin guards and a soccer ball from Park SC.

The new USL team in Spokane also came out to highlight the camp and tell some of the kids’ stories. On the final day of camp, the team brought out the USA National Women’s Armed Forces soccer team. They played in the tournament alongside the kids. The local news featured the camp too!

I also forgot to include that Soccer Chaplains United sent me with a bunch of Colorado Rapids gear to give out to the kids at the camp. I started working with SCU in late 2020. I serve as the chaplain for the Tacoma Defiance – the Sounders second team. 

Ball Project is thankful for our partners in the USA & around the world working faithfully to build communities & help children play.

Hello! This is Jubal McDaniel with NW Football Ministries. NWFM hosts soccer camps throughout the year in different parts of Washington and Oregon. In the Fall, we help kids play by offering recreational soccer teams in Tacoma, WA.

boy & ball at nwfm camp

At the beginning of July, NWFM was able to partner with World Relief in Spokane, WA to host a soccer camp for refugee youth. Together, with the help of The Ball Project, we were able to serve 55 youth ranging from 10-18 years old. Each child received a soccer ball, cleats, shin guards and soccer socks.

My takeaway from this camp was watching a small group of young Afghani girls throughout the week. In their home countries, women are not allowed to engage in activities like this camp. However, I have never seen such freedom and joy, around the game of soccer, as I saw in these young girls.

afghan girls at nwfm camp

One of the World Relief staff told me that he has been working with these youth for six years, and has never seen them outside. Word was also passed along from the girls’ parents, and how happy they were to see their daughters enjoying sport for the first time.

We are looking forward to working together on this project again next year!

boy at nwfm camp 2019

Ball Project is thankful for our partners, like NWFM, that are committed to build communities & help children play.

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“Give me a ball and I’ll have a thousand kids chasing after it.” –Solomon, Kenya

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