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KUDOS & KINDNESS: Soccer uniform donations a success

When we enrolled our two kids in AYSO soccer, I realized that after 10 years of soccer, we would have 20 complete uniforms. In my quest to find a home for these surplus uniforms, I was introduced to The Give N Go Project, aptly named after the soccer play where you pass the ball then run to open space in anticipation of receiving the ball back.

Give N Go’s mission is to collect soccer equipment, travel to orphanages in developing countries and inner cities, distribute gear and conduct clinics for young soccer players. The emphasis is to provide mentorship, professional soccer training and gear so kids can play the game they love with the necessary essentials.

Uniforms allow the teams at the orphanages to play organized soccer and to help them play competitively in tournaments. When you donate to the Give N Go Project, you give soccer gear and you get good karma back.

In South Lake Tahoe’s first soccer gear collection, we collected 73 jerseys, 48 pairs of shorts, 22 pairs of cleats, 2 soccer balls, 2 sets of shin guards and numerous socks. The sheer volume goes to show two things: How generous our community is and how wasteful our systems are. Fortunately, Give N Go has given us the opportunity to share our surplus with those in need.

The cleats and shin guards will first be made available to children in our own community and the rest of the gear will be distributed by The Give N Go Project. Thank you to all the people who generously donated and helped out, especially Allison Monroe, Sheryl Ferguson, Brooke Williamson, Connie at Connie’s Clothesline, and the blue team for having the highest level of participation!

Find out more and watch some tear-jerking videos at http://www.thegivengoproject.org.

Cory Ritchie


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