Refugee Soccer Community Program

by Multicultural Refugee Coalition

Summary

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.
$775.00
total raised
15
donors
0
monthly donors
6
years active

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.

Solution

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.

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.

Resources

http:/​/​www.mrcaustin.org
MRC Website
MRC Blog
MRC Facebook page
Austin Men's Soccer Association website

Organization Information

Multicultural Refugee Coalition

Location: Austin, Texas - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.mrcaustin.org
Multicultural Refugee Coalition
Project Leader:
Meg Goodman Erskine
Austin, Texas United States

Funded Project!

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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