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This is an encouraging update from one of our partners in Guatemala.

bw kids chasing in Guatemala

We thank you for always taking us into account, and supporting our “Victorious” Soccer School where children can be without any charge and only with the joy of participating in training. That has been thanks to the collaboration we have received from you.

We have several cases of children in need of not only economic but also of a hug to listen to them, to give them much encouragement. And that is what we try in our school, to give them that part that all or most of them lack, instructing them in the true journey of life, with a character training every time we meet to train in sport.

She is M, a young lady who started attending since the beginning of our Soccer School, and she has remained even in seasons where she has been the only woman in the trainings of her category, being very quiet she has managed to adapt to boys and training.

She is a lady with a lot of willpower, studies and at the same time works to help her family, being her family from a very poor background and having to help her other siblings, this has never being an impediment to continue training in our Soccer School.

She shared with me her joy and satisfaction of belonging to the School and how this community program has motivated her to continue in the daily struggle, despite the very long road she has to go to get to the Soccer School, she has always been motivated to share with each one of us, and to receive the good news that has also transformed her life. Not neglecting her passion for soccer.

Thanking God for your life and the Ball Project, which with your contribution have made many children enjoy soccer and especially a transformed life.

We truly appreciate your support but mostly, your prayers and encouragement to continue blessing our lives to be able to bless others and bring transformation to our communities.

A few encouraging pictures from one of our key partners in Nigeria:

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2019 Camp_1

2019 Camp_6

welcome to camp 2019

In 2002 we were asked to do a “backyard soccer camp” for a little girl’s birthday party. She was turning 7 and wanted to play soccer with her friends for her birthday.

I was 24, my fiancé Erin was 23. We didn’t really have a lot of experience coaching, but we knew wanted to make soccer fun for this little girl and her 5 friends while teaching them some skills. After the “camp” we realized it was easier said than done!

If you’ve ever tried running a soccer practice for your child’s team or coached kids at all, you know how much work it takes to get them to play “real soccer.”

Sometimes it can feel more like babysitting than coaching! Kids are amazing at creating their own agenda and it doesn’t always align with ours. If they weren’t so adorable it would be impossible!

redwine boys playing 2019

As we grew Redwine Soccer from that small backyard camp, we also grew a lot as coaches. We earned our USSF licenses, coached at the biggest premier soccer clubs in Seattle, and Erin was the head coach of the Northwest University women’s soccer team for 7 years. Yes, we were coaching, “real soccer” players now that could play “real soccer.”

During those years it was hard for me to see what I understand now.

Play is sacred.

At the end of the day soccer is play…it is why say we are “playing soccer” and describe it as “the beautiful game.” It is a game to be played, not a measuring stick to determine the value of a human being.

What makes something sacred though? Or better yet, who makes something sacred? We do. We decide what is sacred and what isn’t. It is the beauty of our free will in action to define and hold up something as sacred. It is a response to something deep within us.

As a coach, I’m committed to the sacredness of play. When we as coaches hold play as sacred there are things that happen in the heart, mind, soul, and body of a child that can only be described as sacred.

It is why we are so honored to support the Ball Project – they understands the sacredness of play better than anyone I know and I’m thankful for their influence in my life and Ball Project’s work around the world.

redwine 2019 boy pic

These photos might just look like kids having fun at a soccer camp, but what we’re really doing when we create these moments is saying to the heart of a child, “you’re safe, you’re valued, you’re loved” and in those moments the sacred dances.

redwine 2019 girls

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Dan and Erin Redwine founded Redwine Soccer in 2002. They focus on creating sacred moments through soccer for children ages 3 to 11 years old in the Seattle area. They have four daughters and a dog named Charlie.

 

 

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