Soccer brings smiles!
Time flies when you are having fun! I can’t believe it has been 4 months since the Super Cup.What began with a weekend of soccer in August has turned into a movement in Cameroon, impacting youth and communities far beyond our initial expectation. Thank you so much for your generous support! It seems like only yesterday that we gathered 50+ young players and coaches from across the Southwest and Northwest Regions of Cameron in the regional capital city of Bamenda for a thrilling soccer competition and leadership workshop. Since then, a lot has happened.
While we were gearing up for back-to-school and fall soccer seasons here in the U.S., our Super Cup players were activating their teammates to create positive change back home. Players, coaches and teams from Kumba, Mamfe, Bamenda, Ndu, and Ndom organized community service activities ranging from soccer matches for local orphans to neighborhood cleanup projects and even road repairs.
“The theme of teamwork and community service inspired me at the Super Cup in Bamenda. My team and I will clean our environment, especially the football field, and organize friendly matches with young people in the local orphanage.”
- Babila, Age 13
With some teams engaged in monthly service projects, we are optimistic this momentum will continue in 2016.
With the New Year in mind, I am excited to share more good news with you. For a second year in a row, FIFA Football for Hope will support our innovative educational soccer leagues in Cameroon in 2016-2017 with a grant in the amount of $60,000! While we look forward to making an announcement to the general public very soon, I wanted to make sure you were among the first to know. This will help propel us forward with another exciting year of innovative sport-based programs and community development initiatives.
From all of us on the CameroonFDP team, thank you and best wishes for a joyous holiday season!
Brescia FC doing a School Clean up
Youth placing stones in the road to improve access
Babila (Center) with teammates