SU’s Global Reach

SU’s Global Reach

In 2012 the World Affairs Council and UW’s Evans School of Public Policy & Governance reached out to Seattle United with an opportunity to participate in a U.S. State Department sponsored cultural exchange that brought a dozen Zambian youth soccer coaches, administrators and others to Seattle for a week-long visit. SU provided the group with a ground view of an American non-profit youth soccer club. As result of that opportunity we were able to make friends with a number of these African guests, including Mike Chitambala, director of a free-after school soccer program called Faagros Academy, located in Livingstone, Zambia.

SU organized a uniform drive in 2012 that provided lots of uniforms, balls and cleat to several of these Zambian youth clubs and academies. Last year, we organized a second uniform drive that provided more gear, much of it earmarked for Mike and Faagros Academy. The club has now established a sister-club relationship with Faagros Academy, and they proudly wear our donated uniforms and cleats.

The club recently received a warm letter from Mike Chitambala who provided us an update to his academy and the new year in Livingstone. It is reprinted below.


Hi Kevin,

How are you? It’s really been a long time and I missed you and everybody down there. I’m pleased to announce that our recess is over and we’ve had training the past four days.

We’ve began our 2016 season much earlier than expected due to inadequate rainfall being experienced in Livingstone and the entire province.Generally the whole country and some Southern African countries are facing similar climatic conditions as well. 

I’m glad to let you know that I have identified 18 deserving players, based on their commitment levels last season and each of them will receive a pair of shoes – also part of the donated Seattle united Gear. I would also like to appreciate you most sincerely for changing my life and the lives of many youths in my community through your generous and great support.

Thanks for your help and God bless you.

Regards,

Mike February-9,-2016


 

Ellie Shober, G99 Copa, and Gigi Gaulladet, G99 Copa, are organizing another used uniform, ball and cleat drive this spring. More gear will go to Faagros Academy as well as an all-girls academy in South Africa. Ellie and Gigi welcome your participation. They can be reached here: Ellie Schober: eschober@bishopblanchet.org; Gigi Gallaudet: ggallaudet@bishopblanchet.

For information about a 2016 Summer Seattle United soccer, travel and service trip to visit Zambia, please click here.

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