The non-profit organization Football for the World Foundation (FFWF) USA has teamed up with the first MLS club, Colorado Rapids, to host a one-day campaign and collect donated football boots and balls to youth football programs throughout the Caribbean nation of Jamaica.
This Saturday’s event will take place before and during the Rapids competition with Minnesota United at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park on Saturday evening. The intraconference game is scheduled to start at 7pm
Spectators and visitors alike can hand in new and gently used equipment at a gathering tent set up outside Gate F, located in the southwest corner of the stadium.
According to the FFWF website, its programs are designed to prepare individuals and communities for sustainable success. The NGO aims to harness the power of collaboration with schools, sports clubs, non-profit organizations, community groups, individuals and businesses. Primarily, its mission is to improve the quality of life for children through the game of football.
Headquartered in Nebraska, FFWF-USA has organized drives, provided equipment, and educates youth from local and overseas communities.
Its founder and CEO, Monica Posseljevac, started the foundation while playing football and traveling in college. The rookie philanthropist played football at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Seeing underserved soccer communities in countries like Botswana and Tanzania inspired her to do more to help raise the bar for their game and their growth potential.
This special campaign will specifically benefit young people in Greater Jamaica. Both Rapids coach Robin Fraser and assistant coach, Wald Harris, is a native of Kingston, Jamaica. Not only will the duo hand over donated items; They plan to lead the Coaches Clinic during Rapids’ next off-season holiday.
Harris and Fraser co-produced a promotional video related to the event. They thought of their days as young soccer players in their home country and described the fun of playing the game with soccer equipment out of the box and wearing new and original shoes.
“When you get equipment that makes it look so real, so new, so special, it’s incredibly motivating.”
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And Wolde best summed up the pure benefits, both personal and young Jamaican, from a pop-up campaign. “I think having this new equipment is definitely something that will inspire and motivate them. It is something that will make them want to go out and train and want to get out and exercise, and even learn more about the sport.”
He continued, “I think this is great for those of us who have been through it and we know what it takes to get here to give back to them and inspire them to continue moving forward on their journey.”