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From: UCB Africa Events <cas_events_calendar@...
Date: Jul 1, 2008 12:32 PM
Subject: CASEvents- African Heroes Soccer Tournament, 7/5, at Merritt College
CAS UCB Events Calendar
This Saturday July 5 - Soccer Tournament and Fundraiser for African
Date: July 5th 2008
Location: Merritt College Soccer Fields (A,B, and C) 12500 Campus
Drive, Oakland, 94619
A group of current and former UC Berkeley students is hosting a
soccer tournament on July 5 as a fundraiser for children's primary
education programs in Africa. It should be a fun day of high quality
soccer. Many of the players are African, and the style of soccer will
be faced-paced and spirited.
Please send an email to Pam Gleason at pgleason@...
your name and phone number if you are interested in participating as
a player or volunteer.
Thank you -- this is for a wonderful cause!
Information About African Heroes Fundraising Efforts:
We are currently contributing to three grassroots organizations: the
Kids League (Uganda), Le Centre dHebergement et dEducation des Enfants
Demunis (Togo), and Play Soccer International (Ghana, Malawi,
Cameroon, South Africa and Zambia).
The Kids League (kampalakidsleague.org) is a ten-year-old organization
that is currently working with 30,000 boys and girls around the
Kampala region in Uganda on projects including providing psychosocial
support through soccer for orphans and vulnerable children (Apac
district) and creating Youth Ambassador Clubs to address issues of
peace- building, school attendance and drop-out, and the HIV/AIDS
epidemic (Lira and Kumi districts).
Le Centre dHebergement is an organization started in 1998 by a member
of African Heroes and his family to provide education to children from
his village (Egbikope) and surrounding districts. Le Centre currently
schools a total of 99 children, 39 of which board at Le Centre. Its
annual budget of $23,000 covers food and housing needs for the
boarding children, as well as the school fees for all 99 children who
attend the school, school supplies, such as books and desks, and one
of the teachers salary. Le Centre is looking to integrate a soccer
league into the school curriculum to attract children to school and
encourage them to stay.
Play Soccer International (playsoccer-nonprofit.org/info.html) was
founded in 2000 under the umbrella U.S.-based group Play Soccer, and
in addition to Ghana and Malawi, has branches in Zambia, Senegal,
Cameroon, and South Africa. Their mission, much like African Heroes,
is Sport for Development, aiming to work with children ages 5-14 to
teach important health and social skills through and in conjunction
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