On Sunday evening, June 15th Paul Willis, Seacoast United’s Executive Director and Matt Glode, the Club’s Director of Youth Programs will be traveling to Kenya to lead a sports management workshop on behalf of CARE (a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty), NIKE Inc. and Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA).
The Kenyan American Soccer Exchange is part of the CARE Sport for Social Change Initiative (SSCI). While in Kenya, Paul and Matt will be leading a workshop for 30 representatives of local soccer organizations to help further develop their programs, marketing, volunteers and in particular encourage girls to participate in the sport.
One of the reasons Seacoast was selected was based on the fact that they developed facilities from scratch in Hampton and Epping. Also, the strength of their community outreach programs. Paul Willis stated, “I am honored we would be asked to represent the United States in an opportunity where our experience and professionalism can make a difference with kids.”
SSCI aims to use sport to minimize the effects of poverty on youths by bringing individuals from all backgrounds together. It allows children of conflict to be children again and creates lasting, positive change for those involved and their communities. Sport is helping women and girls to build self-esteem, develop leadership skills, strengthen social relationships and advance female empowerment by promoting teamwork, critical thinking, negotiation skills and resiliency. Seacoast United has a lot of knowledge to offer in this area. “Our own Grassroots programs, including the outreach work we do in Manchester gives me experience that I am happy to share with the leaders in Nairobi”, said Matt Glode.
In addition to the 3-day workshop, both Seacoast United representatives will be conducting clinics specifically for girls with the women’s head soccer coaches from the University of Southern California (USC) and the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB).