REACH reaches out to Rush FC Bali
Set of jerseys
Last year's NW DII semi-finalists, Rush FC Bali has received tons of soccer gear from the main office of Rush Soccer in Littleton, Colorado, USA. The shipment, which arrived in Douala, Cameroon on Thursday, August 30, 2012, cleared the Cameroon Customs on September 1, 2012 and was handed over to Rush FC Bali coaches, Julius Ndeh Fombou and Marie Chantal Abonge. The soccer gear is part of Rush Soccer's REACH Program.
Originally scheduled to arrive Cameroon some two years ago, the shipment was delayed after war broke out in theNorth African country of Libya as the US Navy ship carrying the soccer gear changed its mission from a humanitarian mission to a war mission.
'I am particularly grateful to Rush Soccer for ensuring that the gear finally made it to Cameroon,' said Cameroon Rush CEO Sopo Ngwa in a telephone interview from Phoenix, Arizona. ' The US Navy and Rush Soccer USA staff, especially Rush Soccer CEO Tim Schulz, Donna, Mike and Kendra have been instrumental in ensuring that these gear get to the poor kids of Cameroon Rush', Attorney Ngwa added. 'Rush Soccer has already taken soccer among my Bali people in Cameroon to a different level. Bali Kids who for decades were playing soccer in Bali barefooted now have some quality cleats from Rush Soccer and I will keep pleading with Mr. Tim of Rush Soccer to make this shipment a regular affair', a concluded attorney Sopo Ngwa.
The coach of Rush FC inspecting the balls upon arrival
Through the REACH Program, Rush supports disadvantaged youth in developing countries by collaborating with Rush soccer clubs, schools, nonprofit organizations, and communities to provide soccer uniforms and gear. By linking equipment donation to on-the-ground programs that develop youth soccer skills and promote health and education, REACH is contributing to stronger, healthier communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Since the launch of the REACH Program in 2002 Rush Soccer has distributed hundreds of thousands of pieces of soccer gear to more than 30 developing countries around the world. From tsunami victims and Russian orphans, to the children of war-torn Iraq or HIV-ravaged southern Africa, REACH has given thousands of kids a chance to enjoy the game.