This summer 8 young people will have the extraordinary opportunity to travel to South Africa to represent the United States at the Football for Hope Festival 2010. Each selected youth currently participates in a community based youth development soccer program that provides programming for at-risk youth in underserved communities. These young people were selected based on their personal growth, academic performance, commitment to social change in under-resourced communities, and playing skills.
The Financial Need: Football for Hope will cover each delegation’s housing and food costs while in South Africa and provide tracksuits and two full uniforms for each player. However, we are responsible for all other costs, including airfare (approx. $3,200 each!) and other travel expenses, passports, immunizations, clothing for official events, turf shoes, practice uniforms, travel gear, small gifts to share with other delegations, and other incidental expenses. All together the delegation of 12 participants must raise $38,400. (Each youth delegate is responsible for raising $1,000 towards these expenses.)