At the beginning of May Soccer 4 Hope received a massive boost from the University of Calgary Women’s Soccer team – The Dinos!!
The project is an initiative of Morena Lanniello, a fifth-year Kinesiology student at the University of Calgary and midfield player for the Dinos soccer team. She says the idea started when she was volunteering for the Calgary food bank: “I started talking about how the organisation started and came to the idea of starting something up myself. After a search on the internet I found the Soccer 4 Hope program and contacted Rick Gill – the Canadian Director of Hoops 4 Hope. That’s where Dinos Soccer 4 Hope idea started.”
Morena and her team organised several fundraising activities at their university to reach their $ 40.000 goal. They baked and sold cakes, organised a 3 vs. 3 football tournament, and held an African Safari Party for fellow students. With half of the money raised they bought much needed soccer equipment to be donated to the Soccer 4 Hope under 14 girls league.
On the 2nd of May the 9 Dinos players arrived at the Ikamva Rainbow Centre in Gugulethu. They were welcomed by the Soccer 4 Hope All Stars and MVP Coaches. After some introductions and ice breakers the Dinos team handed over the equipment they had been transporting for thousands of miles. The Soccer 4 Hope team in Cape Town was truly inspired by this incredible effort by people who they had never met before. The All Stars and MVPs shared how this effort would impact the quality of the activity the girls were participating in on a daily basis.
For the week that followed the Dinos spent the majority of their time running personal development sessions for the Soccer 4 Hope All Stars and supporting the MVP’s in their daily coaching activities. The personal development sessions included a number of effective strategies, including practical activities in how to improve personal goal setting and to manage ones time better. In the afternoons the Dinos girls visited schools and assisted with soccer practices and matches.
“Over the course of our 7 days working with S4H and in particular the 8 All-Stars, we developed some very close relationships, and lasting memories. We entered this opportunity with humble expectations, which were far surpassed. Hopefully the skills we provided were as useful as the life lessons the All-Stars taught us.”
It was a week of inspiration and growth for the Soccer 4 Hope team. We would like to thank the Dinos for their commitment and drive in supporting the youth of South Africa.
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