Lose the Shoes: Soccer for AIDS Education

The CMS Athenas soccer team, along with the Scripps Activities Team and 5C Peace and Justice Coalition are hosting a coed, three -versus-three barefoot soccer tournament at the Sallie Tiernan Field House this Saturday, March 7.

The goal of the tournament is to raise money for Grassroot Soccer, an international nonprofit organization that uses soccer to raise awareness and fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. Grassroot Soccer uses donations to train African professional soccer players and other local leaders, such as health educators, to run HIV prevention programs with at-risk adolescents. In countries such as Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and South Africa, over 270,000 teens and adolescents have graduated from the program. In these same countries, over 650,000 have been killed by HIV/AIDS and 3.7 million children have been left as orphans as a result of HIV/AIDS. The goals of Grassroot Soccer are to put 1.25 million African youth through the GRS program by the end of the year 2010, use the influence of role models to reduce HIV transmission among youth and to implement effective HIV prevention education and life-skills curriculum in Africa.

The tournament will consist of 10 minute games, with each team guaranteed three games. To play, there will be a minimum donation of 10 dollars per player, and a 25-dollar donation will include a t-shirt. There will also be a raffle to win great prizes, and each player who enters the tournament will automatically be entered in the raffle. The champion teams will win Grassroot Soccer t-shirts, and the individuals who raise significant additional donations will also get a prize.

To learn more about Grassroot Soccer, visit their website: http://www.grassrootsoccer.org and make an online donation for Lose the Shoes to play at Scripps College. For more information regarding the event, email ateam@scrippscollege.edu.