Bridges Cup Finals Trip: Lagos, Nigeria – May 2015

Bridges Cup Finals Trip: Lagos, Nigeria – May 2015



What is Save-A-Thon For Africa?

Save-A-Thon for Africa is an ongoing humanitarian effort to help African youth change their futures through the world’s sport of soccer. We aim to build to a world-class soccer academy in Nigeria, West Africa by the end of 2017. We provide opportunities for American young women to travel to Nigeria to conduct community soccer clinics, play exhibition matches, and serve the people there.


We also provide opportunities for Nigerian youth to showcase their soccer abilities and heart by hosting a soccer tournament called the Bridges Cup. The winning girls team and the winning boys team receive the chance to visit the USA to play soccer and be exposed to businesses and schools here to open their minds and inspire their hearts.


What is this trip all about?

The first phase of the inaugural Bridges Cup was held in Osun, Nigeria this past November in which over 30 youth teams participated. Semi-finals matches were completed and the finalists from both the girls and boys division now await their chance to play in the Bridges Cup Finals.


The Finals will be held in early May 2015. We have invited players from the Real Salt Lake Women’s team to join us in Lagos for about 5 days to help host and participate in the various activities surrounding the Cup Finals.


Specifically, the players will help with the following activities:

  • Play in an exhibition match in a soccer stadium against Nigerian girls team;
  • Conduct free community soccer clinics for needy youth in Lagos;
  • Visit an orphanage, hospital and/or village to deliver humanitarian supplies and comfort;
  • Engage local schools to introduce them to Save-A-Thon For Africa and encourage them to participate in the next Bridges Cup tournament.



When is the trip?

We are making final confirmation but plan to leave for Nigeria on or around May 4th and return to the USA by May 10th.


How much will it cost?

The trip will cost $3,000. This covers everything except for passport and vaccinations.


  • Deposit of $500 due upon registration
  • $1,000 due March 25
  • $1,500 due April 25


What are the deadlines?

  • March 2nd ~ March 25th: Register and pay $500 non-refundable deposit
  • March 16th: US Passport application submitted
  • March 25th: $1,000 payment due Registration ends
  • April 1st: Purchase Group Airline Tickets
  • April 17th: Visa Applications to Nigerian Consulate
  • April 24th: Immunizations completed
  • April 25th: Final payment of $1,500 due


Who is going?

We are delighted to have several players from the semi-pro women’s team of Real Salt Lake joining us on this trip. We are looking for other soccer players and volunteers who wish to make an impact on the lives of hundreds of African kids while simultaneously having their hearts touched.


Minimum age is 13 years old but we are looking for mature young women who have the heart to serve and the good sense to handle themselves in crowds and commotion far from home in a foreign country like Nigeria.


We are also looking for several parents and coaches to join us.


Isn’t Nigeria dangerous?

Not much good news comes out of Nigeria and the element of violence and the inherent risks there are not to be taken lightly. However, Lagos is as far away from the turbulent Northeast as one can get within Nigeria. Our founder, Adam Miles, has been to Nigeria 10 times in the past year and has not had any trouble. While no one can ever guarantee an incident-free experience we will ensure adequate security measures are in place.


We believe strongly that the literally tens of millions of youth there deserve the chance to save their own lives by changing their futures. We know that the involvement of American young women like you will impact these kids and help us provide the best deterrent to ongoing terrorism and intolerance by providing educational and soccer opportunities for these kids. We believe the rewards outweigh the risks.


I’m interested. What do I do now?

If you are interested in learning more please email Adam Miles right away to register to attend an informational webinar.


Or, if you are ready, go straight to the registration page and get registered.


And if you are interested in reading about the experience of 13 teenage girls on a very similar trip one year ago visit this site


We have much to do and not a lot of time to do it. Let’s go!

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