Indoor sports shine a warm light in the wintertime

Jan 13, 2012

In our hometown, sports that don’t include snow and cold have moved indoors.

The same is true in Russia, where finals of the Equal in Sport soccer program took place last month in Moscow. Nine teams from five cities participated, with some young players experiencing their first trip in an airplane to arrive in the capital city.

Through the Equal in Sport program, Amway works with Perspectiva to provide the opportunity for low income and special needs children ages 11 to 14 to compete in soccer games with their peers. The winning team visits a famous soccer team. Last year, it included a trip to Italy to visit AC Milan.

One 12-year-old boy who showed amazing talent, really affected the hearts of our volunteers. His family does not have the resources to pay for a uniform or league fees, and he often skips meals because there is not enough food at home. Yet through this program, his dream is alive to play for one of the best clubs in the world.

On the same team is an 11-year-old who suffers from cerebral palsy, which makes it hard for him to walk and he often falls down. But through this experience, he is calm and comfortable with his team. His teammates are patient and helpful, and he shares with them his vast knowledge about the best Italian soccer clubs – Milan and Juventus are his favorites.

As the weather turns cold outside, the friendships shine an inspiring light for the world to see.

 

 

Thanks to Karin Schmid and Julia Urakcheeva  for sharing this story.

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