Soccer Opens Success

Soccer Opens Success

Estados Unidos
Project Summary
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 Soccer Opens Success provides positive enrichment of life skills to disadvantaged youth through the world’s game of Soccer. While S.O.S. strives to make soccer a cornerstone of the educational process, it is but a mere strategy to build the foundation of positive mental outcomes in the lives of under served youth.

S.O.S. will undertake its first global initiative in February 2010 by offering a soccer camp exchange in the northeast Atlantic coastal village of Bilwi (Puerto Cabeza), Nicaragua.

The camp will focus on healthy decision-making, active lifestyles as an asset to keep the youth from the burgeoning drug trade and usage and to become vocal in the pursuit of their own happiness despite the poverty in which they live. As many have before and many more will in the future, S.O.S. is using soccer to make those changes.

The long-term goal of S.O.S. is to foster a relationship, host coaching seminars and acquire equipment and resources to allow the program to become an annual event and become self-sustaining within the next five years.

If you are interested in making a donation of equipment, services or making a financial commitment to the program, please feel free to contact S.O.S. at [email protected]

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Location
Project Street Address

180 Wakefield Street

Project City

Hardwick

Project Province/State

VT

Project Postal/Zip Code

05843

Project Country
Innovation
Are you a traveler or a travel company?

Traveler .

Tell us your idea. What makes your idea innovative?

Soccer Opens Success provides positive enrichment of life skills to disadvantaged youth through the world’s game of Soccer. While S.O.S. strives to make soccer a cornerstone of the educational process, it is but a mere strategy to build the foundation of positive mental outcomes in the lives of under served youth.

S.O.S. will undertake its first global initiative in February 2010 by offering a soccer camp exchange in the northeast Atlantic coastal village of Bilwi (Puerto Cabeza), Nicaragua.

The camp will focus on healthy decision-making, active lifestyles as an asset to keep the youth from the burgeoning drug trade and usage and to become vocal in the pursuit of their own happiness despite the poverty in which they live. As many have before and many more will in the future, S.O.S. is using soccer to make those changes.

The long-term goal of S.O.S. is to foster a relationship, host coaching seminars and acquire equipment and resources to allow the program to become an annual event and become self-sustaining within the next five years.

The innovation is in the bridging of the gap between the under-served youth of our community and the under-served youth of global villages, bound by their love of the world's game: soccer.

Impact
What is the likely impact of your idea?

Almost half of the residents of Puerto Cabeza are under the age of 21. That means the potential to reach 45% of a population through some angle of the program is possible, and that equates to approximately 12,300 school-aged children.

The impact also focuses on local under-served youth in Vermont and the United States because of fundraising and donations. The impact is huge among school-aged children.

Overall, however, the impact deals with anti-drug messages, health education and pro-community activities that will reach children and adults of the area alike.

What would it take to launch or spread your idea?

Initially it would cost approximately $6,000 for the project and then a sustaining annual cost of $4,000. Beyond this financial need, we are looking for equipment donations from international companies as well as local schools.

For the first installment, there will be two S.O.S. ambassadors. In the following year we'd like to recruit some local volunteer coaches, as well as some youth exchange members to aid the camp's subsequent offerings. We'd like to offer a coaches clinic for Bilwi coaches and allow them to begin taking over the efforts of the soccer program.

Sustainability
Describe yourself as a social innovator.

S.O.S. is way more then soccer with kids. It is a global yawn, allowing those who have never seen the light of a better day the opportunity to awake to it with the help of healthy alternatives and positive social and mental outcomes within there communities. Honestly, this is the first time I have moved beyond the local community to offer such an experience to youth. But in the respect, modeling good decision-making, positive role models and proactive steps toward the pursuit of happiness is a global connection.

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