Enriching lives through soccer & Education
The power of soccer to unite communities and change lives is often overlooked and undervalued. The goal of SoccerPlus Outreach is to enrich lives and transform communities through soccer and education. SoccerPlus Outreach seeks to provide educational opportunities to children and young adults in challenging environments across the globe - and to provide people with the tools to succeed in life on and off the pitch. Their programs help rebuild struggling communities and bring people together through the the beautiful game of soccer.
Tony DiCicco gave his life to the game - however, for him, the game did not live inside the white lines. It lived on all sides. The game was a vehicle to inspire others to be their best selves and to find their purpose. We carry him in our hearts and celebrate his life by living our lives to the fullest -- and continuing his legacy globally.
Through a strategic partnership, Inspire Transformation and SoccerPlus Outreach will seek to carry on Tony's mission. In the quest for equality of opportunities regardless of gender or socioeconomic status, Inspire Transformation and SoccerPlus Outreach build sustainable programs with lasting impact.
The Harambee Campaign
We ALL Pull Together... 31 Days, 500 Donors, $10,000
Dear Friends and Supporters,
This December SoccerPlus Outreach is pleased to announce our first annual Harambee Campaign. Harambee is the Swahili word meaning "we ALL pull together". The idea of the campaign is to raise funds while not asking anyone to extend themselves too far to help one cause. Our philosophy behind launching this campaign is simple, we would rather see 500 people donate $20 each than see one person donate $10,000. We want to spread awareness of our program and what we are doing in the Manyatta Slum located inside Kisumu City, Kenya.
Our journey began in 2014 when five colleagues and I travelled to Kisumu to coach at various schools in the West Kenya region. Our lives changed when we encountered the work of one man, Davis Ouma, in the Manyatta slum. Davis was working with the youth and created the Super Slum Soccer League, which had the focus to keep the youth in school through the sport of soccer. Students who could not afford to go to school would receive assistance with their school fees arranged by Davis who found a way to work with the community. Davis has since continued his vision, transforming Manyatta into a community dedicated to the future of their youth. Davis, with our support, has created a semi professional soccer team, Kisumu Greenland SoccerPlus FC, using the club to jumpstart his cause and support in the community. Davis coaches Greenland to represent Manyatta slum and bring the community together. Several players on the team help facilitate games, practices and now lifeskill classes for the Kisumu Greenland Soccerplus League (formally the Super Slum League) which reaches over 600 youth living in the slum. The life skill classes focus on how to make the right decisions when one is surrounded by hundreds of temptations each day. Over the past couple years, SoccerPlus Outreach & Kisumu Greenland have partnered with several groups including Regis College and the Catholic University of East Africa. During these partnerships, Kisumu Greenland hosted local tournaments for the youth, contributed to several local clean up days throughout the slum, produced dental and sanitation hygiene programs at local schools and distributed thousands of pound of soccer equipment, including team uniforms, to over 40 local schools and clubs.
Why Kenya? There are many areas of our world and our country where our resources can go to "make a difference". In Kenya, the dollar is elastic, stretching further, allowing your donation of $20 to be more effective. $20 will pay for full meals for 20 students after their lifeskill classes and games. $20 will pay for 200 students to receive the daily water they need. $20 will buy two pairs of cleats for deserving youth. $20 will buy 7 lifeskill books which students need in order to partake in classes. $20 will pay for the instruction of two life skills lessons for 40 students. $20 will pay for 3 months of schooling for elementary school students. 100% of the funds will be placed in the hands of Davis, a local leader, and his team working hard to make a difference in his community.
As someone who has already donated $10,000 of his own money into SoccerPlus Outreach, there is no better way to share your resources than on investing them in the youth of tomorrow. I believe in the work that is happening in the Manyatta Slum and truly believe soccer will be the vehicle which will allow inspiration and change to take place to the youth who need it most.
Jeffrie Parrish, Founder of SoccerPlus Outreach