The Maseru Street League offers a chance for 150 orphans to play 7 a side football in a safe, educational environment. The kids participate in Kick4Life activities which teach life skills, focusing on HIV prevention and the importance of knowing your HIV status.
On May 9, Kick4Life hosted the biggest Maseru Street League ever in recognition of the Youth Development through Football (YDF) Tour Bus Event. YDF sponsors the Street League, and in anticipation of World Cup 2010 in South Africa, they sent representatives to enjoy the success of their implementing partners all over southern Africa. On this Mother’s Day, touched by a brief rain shower in the morning and graced by clear sunny skies for the remainder of the day, Kick4Life played host to over 500 orphans, students, dignitaries, and anyone else who wanted to join, as this event was open to the public. The festivities of the day included the usual football matches, a table for kids to make puppets, K4L activities and games, a theater performance which culminated in all 500 participants standing in the shape of a giant HIV ribbon, and even a carnival dunk tank! The team from the nearby village of Mazenod, dubbed the "Magnificent 7", won the Street League Cup. A great day indeed.
For World Cup 2010, thanks to 200 donated tickets from Sony and Grassroot Soccer, we are bringing the kids who participate most regularly in the Street League to two matches: Greece v. Nigeria, and France v. South Africa. Not only will this be the experience of a lifetime for them, but it will also show that dedication and commitment to a cause, in this case regular participation in the Street League, can translate into success.
Want to visit Lesotho and see Kick4Life in action? Check out the link below for more information about our All-Stars tour group.
Kick4Life and the Maseru Street League are grateful for your interest and support as we continue to use the universal appeal of football to make a real difference in the lives of kids in Lesotho. Thank you!