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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.

“There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone’s life.” – Mary Rose McGeady

The mission of Ball Project is to help children play.

We believe that relationships are the most valuable things that we have.

Ball Project is a resource partner – which means we connect people, resources & opportunities.

Sometimes that means connecting coaches with other coaches. Recently it meant connecting more or less neighbors in the Pacific Northwest. NW Football Ministries & Redwine Soccer are both in the Seattle-Tacoma area. Both love children & soccer, but they had not connected.

Ball Project was able to help them connect & hopefully more Pacific Northwest communities will be impacted & more children will be playing very soon.

Several years ago, Redwine Soccer introduced Ball Project to Kefa Project‘s great work in Rwanda with children & soccer. Since then Kefa Project & Ball Project have partnered together a couple of times.

Sometimes all you can do is the thing right in front of you. & sometimes the thing right in front of you is to connect two people. & hopefully that will help children play.

 

Here is a brief update from our partner NW Football Ministries in the Puget Sound area:

The primary target for our Ball Project grant was purchasing equipment for the youth soccer league we are putting together. Our league features sites from around the region, each with its own set of coaches, volunteers and players. The equipment is also shared and used for camps, clinics, and other programs. Our hope is to be working with over 100 kids by the end of the year.

We will also impact a few hundred kids this summer through our soccer camps.

NW Football Ministries thanks you for your partnership.

Like Ball Project, NW Football Ministries is a volunteer led effort. Ball Project is very thankful for all of our partners in the USA & around the world building their communities & helping children play.

Help children play

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

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