Recycle/Re-purpose with a Purpose
One of my favorite things to do is coach soccer to kids. I see this as a way to give back and be a mentor for the next generation. I never thought this would expand outside my community, but this love has now reached all the way to another hemisphere and brought joy to many others.
I was talking with my great friend Denise Van Valkenburg about a mission trip she was going on with a group called Paradise Bound www.paradisebound.org . This group travels to Guatemala and helps in many ways, including building and helping the poor with medical needs. I was curious and asked if they play soccer in these villages you visit and found that yes, indeed they do. If you have coached any youth sports you know that at the end of the season, you have an abundance of shirts, water bottles, and many other sporting items the kids leave behind and never reclaim. As we were talking, I realized I had a car full of soccer balls I have collected over the years and I asked if she could use any of these soccer balls for the trip? She said yes, as many as we could give. I decided to reach out to the club I coach for, United Soccer Athletes www.united-soccer-athletes.com . I know the hearts of the management and knew they would love to help out if they could. Bruce Lane and the club responded more than I ever dreamed they would by donating many bags of soccer balls.
This was a hit with the groups in Guatemala. They played soccer with the mission groups with goals made out of bamboo, dirt/concrete fields, and in jeans and sandals. The kids were awesome at the game beating the missionaries most of the time.
This has made me realize we can always help someone else while we are working, busy with life or having fun by collecting pop cans, needed scrap materials, or some lost and found soccer balls. By having conversations with people and organizations we all can help in ways we never thought possible.
A great way to recycle/re-purpose soccer balls and other materials while helping others.