On Friday, 29 October, seven Swedish volunteers took brand new soccer balls and jerseys to the community of Macassar to give to a team of girls who were in need of equipment. The volunteers, who were taking a government-sponsored break from school to work in South Africa, had been working for a month, but used their last Friday to take a break from work and enjoy a day trip with Soccer 4 Hope.
The girls were a part of a team coached by Nomawethu (Wewe) Sokoyi called Ekasa Empowered Girls.
Shortly after seeing the girls beginning their practice, the volunteers brought out their soccer balls—nearly enough for one for every girl—to replace the single beat-up and flat ball the girls had been using. The girls were extremely excited, as exhibited by their yells, jumping, and immediate insistence on playing a short game. However, the coach made sure they did their warm-ups and a few drills before playing.
As excited as the girls were to get the balls, they were even more shocked and exuberant when, after twenty minutes of intense drills, the Swedes pulled out some beautiful yellow and blue kits to give the girls. After trying on and trading as necessary to find the right size for each girl, they broke up into small teams, insisting that the volunteers join them for a scrimmage.
Two intense halves later, one team came away with the victory, but everyone came away knowing they had been a part of something important and fun. Before the volunteers left, the girls and Wewe performed a thank you song, showing their appreciation for the gifts, leaving the Swedes with a smile on their faces for the entire trip home.