There has been a lot of negativity surrounding the stigma of our kids lately, from the Brooklyn Brawl where teen girls can be seen ruthlessly beating one girl as many teens, both boys and girls, stand by. But this isn’t the only story and image coming out of Brooklyn right now. While we must talk about and present resolutions to the problems, we should also celebrate and support the good. With that said, allow us to introduce you to Brooklyn’s first all-Black, inner-city soccer team, The Central Brooklyn Soccer Club.
The team is set compete at the 5th Annual International Super Cup (i.e. Kid World Cup) in Dubai next month. Only a select few teams from the country are chosen and this amazing team happens to be one of them. But, they need your help!
Central Brooklyn fosters close to 200 boys and girls who compete both nationally and internationally and this year the organization will be sending 40 of its little stars to Dubai to gain a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So far, the team has raised over $22,000 by way of silent auctions that included a signed Scandal script and much more, but the team needs $14,000 more to make their dream come true by the month’s end according to Brooklyn News 12.
The team’s fundraising page states the trip is about much more than sports as the group will be able to connect with youth from around the world off-the-field, have a cultural learning experience and get a peak into global business. It is opportunities such as these that keep our youth focused and out of the trouble we often see. The proverb goes, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ and we think now is a good time to make that village even more visible.
Only a handful of teams from the United States have participated in this event in the past, and we seek to provide the young athletes from our team, Central Brooklyn Soccer Club with this unique and valuable opportunity. Competing in the International Super Cup will also impact our youth athletes in the long term, getting them one step closer to acquiring scholarships towards college and to reinforcing the benefits of teamwork, cooperation, and global understanding.
When is comes to our young men, we have seen the need to do extra work to validate their existence in a society that would have them believe they were not as valuable. As parents, we know the strain of costs due to extracurricular activities and believe in helping forward our children’s passions by seeking community.
We are supporting these young men’s dreams to do, see and be more and are asking you to join in!
Find out more information and donate here.
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