You may have heard about soccer being used as a tool to engage at risk immigrant children. Well, Jill Pardini is doing just that with Soccer Without Borders-Baltimore (SWBBaltimore).
When you get overwhelmed with all the bad news streaming in from other media sources…come back and listen again. The Grinch himself would join SWBBaltimore at practice because their work is just that good.
Stop and imagine–You are 8 or 14 years old and most of your life has been spent in camps in foreign countries because your home country is too war torn to live in or you barely escaped ethnic/religious cleansing. You survived but you find yourself in a new country with only part of your family in some of the worst parts of Baltimore. If you’ve heard of The Wire…you know what I’m talking about.
Jill Pardini is the Program Director of SWBBaltimore of that runs two teams of boys who are all refugees or political asylees. During the season, SWBBaltimore trains twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at a middle school near the apartment complexes where five of the refugee communities (Iraqi, Congolese, Eritrean, Nepali, and Bhutanese) have been resettled and plays on the weekends. During the week, there are two mandatory tutoring/homework sessions for every participant. In addition to regular programming special events including workshops, college visits and team outings to watch professional soccer games are open to all participants.
In these sessions we discuss:
- How to start a program when the need is obvious but the solution seems elusive.
- How to teach improve ESL, team work, anger management and life lessons (Go Gina Gabelia!).
- How to bootstrap your dream.
- How to take big risks.
- How to avoid getting yelled at by Grandpa Jack.
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