Unity is a key word for the mission of Soccer unity project. There are many outlets for youth to play soccer, but this isn't your average youth soccer program. We strive to come alongside families and schools to promote building a better society.
We accomplish this by creating opportunities to empower youth to serve in the communities we live in. The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network says that kids who volunteer in the community get better grades than those that don’t volunteer. This just gives us more drive for SUP to encourage youth to serve, so that kids can increase their chances perform better in their studies. Of course, getting them to play soccer is a bonus. SUP is motivated by the philosophy that a combination of team sports and community involvement could be a game changer for youth.
Soccer Unity Project wants to come alongside our schools and supplement what they’re doing. CEO Spencer Lalk explains that SUP “ takes what they’re looking and actively apply it to real life situations.” This means we want to give kids a chance to run certain aspects of the what we do, from running our SUP shop on Saturdays, to being student/player-coaches, and learning about what it means to serve.
Brian Havenner, Soccer Unity Project’s Director of Community Development explains that “as SUP’s session progress, seeing a kid who is quiet and shy, steadily come out of their shell and embrace the concept of team work and soccer strategy is amazing.” Havenner continued by saying, “it’s just as encouraging seeing the more veteran soccer players be leaders for the younger children to be better versions of themselves and servants in the community.”
In the coming months, SUP is looking for further our goal of making opportunities to give back to the community, through partnerships with the humane society and our annual beach clean up.