RGSA: Working Locally to Have a Global Impact
The generosity of our RGSA community was demonstrated during this month's equipment collection for the girls of Cazarpamba, the Ecuadorian village where former RGSA player, Angela Gomez, resides. Throughout this month, we were able to collect 54 pairs of cleats (some looked barely used!), 6 pairs of runners, 22 sets of shin guards, 21 pairs of shorts, 2 pairs of pants, 5 soccer balls and a ton of soccer socks and jerseys! The problem that Angela has now is "How do I bring all of it back?". Certainly a good problem to have. Angela can't wait to outfit the girls of Cazarpamba.
Here are a few interesting facts that Angela wanted to share with your daughter about this project. It certainly gives some perspective:
1) In our region, this is the first youth league of ANY sport.
2) Before this project started, sports were so male-dominated that the only time a woman could play, would be ONCE A YEAR at the local fair!
3) Our catchment area covers 5 separate villages, the closest being a 40 minute drive, the furthest over an hour and a half, though no one owns cars. They are so far apart, they have different eco-systems!
4) Our RGSA uniforms are the first time the girls have worn a full matching kit!
5) One of the village's soccer pitches was washed away last season during a flood!
Thanks for everyone who donated or considered donating. I know it was short notice and some people had given their gear elsewhere already. We are hoping that we can continue to support this international endeavour. So please keep us in mind as our children grow up and you need a new home for your used soccer equipment!
Also, with great generosity from Soccer Link in April, we were ecstatic to be able to outfit both the girls and the boys in Cazarpamba. Soccer Link donated a full team kit to Gomez that included 22 sets of matching jersey and shorts. A huge thanks to the gentlemen at Soccer Link for their support as well. With the recently collected donations , we will be able to extend that support to other villages! If you have any questions or comments regarding our global endeavour, please email Greg Ng at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Note: Angela only receives email when she heads into town where there is internet. No internet in her village (gasp!).
Greg Ng (RGSA coach) and Angela Gomez (former RGSA player currently teaching and living in Ecuador)