Introduction: With over 250 million players in over 200 countries, soccer is the world’s most popular sport. In the U.S., soccer continues to grow with over 3,000,000 youth players between the ages of five and nineteen (U.S. Youth Soccer). Soccer in America, however, tends to be a sport reserved for wealthy communities, and it is often perceived as such if a young player is to be successful in the game, playing in elite clubs, colleges, and leading to the professional and national levels, whereas in the rest of the world, soccer is an inner city sport. Organized soccer clubs can, at times, reach the $8,000-$10,000 a year mark. Such high cost can leave kids in underserved and lower income communities without the opportunities offered by organized soccer.
Candlewood-Lincoln, at 27th and R Streets, is located in an underserved and lower income neighborhood. The median annual household income level for the Malone neighborhood is at $26,349, compared to the city of Lincoln of roughly $46,670.
These facts, along with a love for soccer and people, whom God has called us to love and serve, has been the main inspiration to begin a youth soccer program this summer.
Vision: To provide a fun, safe, and healthy view of the game, and to support the Lincoln community and Candlewood families by offering free recreational soccer-related activities, which will enable the church to reach out to the youth and their families and to share the love of Christ, as well as the opportunity to form friendships and bonds among the families within the church. The primary goal is to involve families within the church and the families who reside in the community near Candlewood.
Who Can Help: Anyone who wants to make an impact in the Candlewood neighborhood, specifically in the lives of the youth and their families. Soccer experience nor knowledge is necessary to serve, simply a heart to make a difference. After all, the church is the most important partnership in reaching those of the Candlewood neighborhood with the hope that every youth and family member will come to know Jesus Christ.
Motto: “Sharing the love of Christ through the most beautiful game created – soccer.”
Information and Registration Meeting: Saturday, June 11 @ 2pm at Candlewood Church – Lincoln (2640 R St.)
Coaches and Volunteers Meeting: Sunday, June 12 @ 11:30am at Candlewood.
For any questions or further information, contact Cindy Lara at email@example.com
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” – Colossians 3:23-24