To launch the program, Soccer Shots formed an exclusive partnership with South Africa's Amandla Ku Lutsha (Give Strength to Youth- Educate Through Sport), an organization dedicated to teaching children who have lost parents to AIDS or have been separated from their families in disadvantaged communities the developmental and educational aspects of soccer. The Soccer Shots franchisees pledged to raise $30,000 for Amandla Ku Lutsha program, which regularly uses the famous Chris Campbell Center for its leagues.
In Austin and San Antonio, throughout the month of June, children of the Soccer Shots program will learn about Amandla Ku Lutsha, and experience first-hand about the culture and traditions of soccer in South Africa.
"One of the guiding principles of Soccer Shots' mission is to contribute positively to our community and to help impact disadvantaged youth," said Eddie Russ, Austin and San Antonio franchise owner of Soccer Shots and head coach. "We are excited to be partnering with Amandla Ku Lutsha to not only help build on our belief of teaching children life skills through soccer but to honor South Africa since it is the first time in history that an African country will host the prestigious World Cup competition."
In 2009, David Beckham visited with children at the Amandla Ku Lutsha at Chris Campbell field. He reinforced the many benefits of soccer, which includes building self-esteem and confidence. Amandla Ku Lutsha is located in Khayelitsha, an impoverished community outside of Cape Town.
"We are very proud to be part of an organization that uses soccer to enhance the lives of children and who believes in the importance of breaking down cultural barriers to instill the right values and morals in our youth," said Russ. "We are so passionate about this program that each franchisee is donating one dollar for every child who registers for Soccer Shots to the Global Goals program."
For more information about Soccer Shots and the Global Goals program, visit www.SoccerShots.com. For additional insight about Amandla Ku Lutsha (Give Strength to Youth), log on to www.amandlakulutsha.org or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Amandla-Ku-Lutsha/248877737715. To learn more about the Chris Campbell Center, http://campbellcenter.ning.com/.
Soccer Shots Austin and San Antonio:
Soccer Shots is a national soccer program designed for children 3-8 years old to introduce them to the game of soccer. Soccer Shots not only teaches children the basic skills of soccer but places a high emphasis on character development, healthy living and building self esteem. Through fun, engaging activities, Soccer Shots unique method of teaching goes beyond the game to enhance balance, coordination, and agility along with lessons that teach the importance of teamwork, appreciation and sharing. All Soccer Shots instructors are professionally trained and skilled in working with children at all ages. The Soccer Shots program in Austin and San Antonio has taught soccer to more than 5000 kids over the past three years. To find out more information about Austin Soccer Shots, visit www.soccershots.org/austin.htm. For more information about San Antonio Soccer Shots, log on to www.soccershots.org/sanantonio.htm.
Amandla Ku Lutsha:
Amandla Ku Lutsha is a leading sports development program in Southern Africa, created to meet the needs of children in residential childcare facilities who are no longer in the care of their family. Through the program, youth are able to learn valuable life-skills such as commitment, communication skills, teamwork, awareness, discipline and responsibility. Their self-esteem is built up to help them gain the confidence and motivation to succeed in life. Amandla Ku Lutsha currently serves more than 2,000 children a week through their programs. Log on to www.amandlakulutsha.org for more information.