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 on Saturday, May 9, 2015. We are bringing 6 players from the Real Salt Lake Women’s team with us to Lagos for 5 days to help host and participate in the various activities surrounding the Cup Finals.
Specifically, we will conduct 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.
You can learn more about our last trip one year ago with 13 teenage girls on a very similar trip. Visit http://weareonebook.com
We have much to do and not a lot of time to do it. Let’s go!