International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Girls Summer Soccer

The fourth annual IRC Girls Summer Soccer Clinic is underway. The 6-week program provides an opportunity for refugee girls to exercise and enjoy the camaraderie of a team sport. 40 refugee girls, ages 12 – 21, attend twice per week to learn soccer skills and scrimmage, some playing a sport for the first time.

The coaches are young local soccer players: Sarah Noble, now in her fourth summer of leading the soccer clinic, will be a sophomore at Middlebury College in Vermont. Devan Osegueda plays on the National Under 17 team and will start at Trinity College in the fall. Maya Theur will be a senior at the Bishops School.

The refugee students in the program are from Somalia, Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, Eritrea, Sudan, Liberia, Nepal, and Burma. The goals of the program are not only to teach soccer skills to the girls, but to empower them to lead active/healthy lifestyles, and instill confidence through the power of sport. And of course, to have fun!

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Photo: Soccer players showing their Peace, Love, and Soccer t-shirts.

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