Refugee Soccer Community Program



Providing ongoing support for a team of refugees to play soccer in a local men’s league to build community, bridge cultures and develop networks for navigating a new and unfamiliar world in the US.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Feeling at home in a strange land is hard, and harder still for refugees who have not left home by choice. Very few things can bridge culture, country, religion, politics or language the way soccer can. Soccer may provide a stage for conflict and drama, as any true soccer fan knows, but fortunately it is a markedly different kind of conflict and drama than many refugees have faced in their lives. Our soccer program gives refugees a sense of community, an escape and a small reminder of home.

How will this project solve this problem?

By building an active and organized soccer program, local refugees can find a common language (in soccer) and a place of community as they build new lives in an unfamiliar place.

Potential Long Term Impact

The soccer program will allow refugees to find a sense of community, an escape and a reminder of home. Building an ongoing soccer program for local refugees will allow a welcoming point of entry for new refugees on an ongoing basis.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $775

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $775 .  The original project funding goal was $10,000.


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Meg Goodman Erskine

Austin, Texas United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Refugee Soccer Community Program
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