Soccer for Boys and Girls
In a country where access to clean drinking water is not guaranteed, one might wonder why soccer for kids should be a priority. In addition to providing drinking water it is important for the children to have an opportunity to play since play is an essential part of growing emotionally, physically and mentally.
A sport, such as soccer, offers kids the opportunity to learn how to be part of a team and work well with others. Cooperation is necessary on a sports team. It is not possible to win a game without teammates just as it it not possible to succeed in life without others. The skills taught by playing soccer are skills children will need throughout their lives.
Sports also teach the important lesson of perseverance. When giving up is not possible it is necessary to keep trying. Perseverance is important for all humans no matter which country they live in. Everyone encounters situations in their life in which they just have to struggle through. Sports teach us that even when things are tough and the situation doesn't look good you must still keep working. You may even wind out beating the odds and coming out the winner.
For girls soccer is especially important. Traditional gender roles are emphasized in many countries meaning girls access to sports is limited. When girls are given a chance, they prove to themselves and everyone else that they can excel at sports too. This provides the girls self-confidence. It also allows boys to view girls as strong and capable.
Life without play is extremely difficult for children. Play is the way kids learn new skills and discover talents and interests. If a soccer ball is not available children will tie a bundle of old plastic bags together with string so they can play. Does it work as well as a real soccer ball? No. If the choice is no play or play with sub-par equipment the kids will come up with a way to play. They won't be able to play as well as they would with proper equipment but they will still attempt to play.
Camp Ohana provides villages in Kenya with programs, equipment, coaches and teachers. This gives kids a chance to play with proper equipment and proper training. Consider donating so more kids can play! Contact us for additional information!
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