School and youth sports teams have traditionally worked with local community organizations. Bake sales, fundraisers, and volunteering in the local community are very common practices that school administrators and coaches promote on a regular basis. Sports, especially youth sports, is not just about winning or loosing. It’s about sportsmanship and working together. Helping each other and giving back.
By partnering up with local charities and organizations such as the local Humane Society or SPCA, members of youth sports teams are given the opportunity to not only excel in sports, but excel in other aspects of life as well. When children volunteer, not only do they help to support a charity or organization in their community, but they also gain very important and useful skills that will stick with them for the rest of their life.
This is how our soccer team helps our community:
-Our youth soccer team recently partnered up with the the local human society to provide the charity with volunteers to help walk, feed, and socialize the animals. Shelter dogs can get lonely because they are not yet part of a home, but these young volunteers giving a couple hours of their time makes a huge difference in the lives of these dogs. The youth in out community help in the adoption clinics aimed at finding homes for shelter pets including mixed breeds, labs, boxers, beagles, pit bulls, etc.
-The soccer team also holds semi-annual events to raise awareness for shelter pets in need of full time homes. Awareness is a huge factor because it educates people on the topic and brings in more community volunteers and donations. Bake sales, car washes, and special soccer games directed to the cause, are ways in which these youth teams raise awareness and funds to charities and organizations that help animals in need.
-Food drives are held throughout the year to provide food and necessities for shelter dogs and cats. People bring boxes full and sometimes even car loads of high fiber dog food, treats, cat food, cat litter, and toys.
Teamwork is something learned in youth sports, and the lesson extends outside of the game and into the community. Working hand in hand, local charities and youth sports teams are learning and benefiting from each other.