This summer, the soccer team went to Tobago for the second time in two years. The trip had two main components, a preseason component and a service component. For Service, we gave equipment away to multiple different local programs on the Island, and held a clinic with many islanders. This year, many more people came to the clinic and we raised a lot more in terms of cleats and equipment, making it a more meaningful experience.
In the last week of August, the mens varsity soccer team traveled to Warren Salandy and Sherwin O’neil’s home land in Tobago. While in Tobago we explored and toured much of the island, and did played three exhibition matches. We additionally did days of service helping kids from the island, and distributed cleats to them. The three teams we played against were Bishop’s High School, St. Claire’s Coaching School, and the Tobago Select U17 team. We drew with the Bishop’s High School, 3-3, we beat the St. Claire’s Coaching School 2-0, and we beat the Tobago Select U17 team, 2-1. While doing this service, we distributed approximately 200 cleats, and additionally gave other kinds of equipment. We then held two clinics for the kids, one in Bishop’s High School, and one at the St. Claire’s Coaching School. We would distribute the equipment to the kids and the schools after each of these clinics. This was not only a very enjoyable experience, but a very fulfilling one as well.
Over the course of the this YPI project I have become more engaged in social injustices like that that is combatted by the Andrew glover youth program. I have not only found myself wanting to do more in an. Effort to create change but have found myself frustrated with my lack of action in the past.
Furthermore of over the course of this project I have found that over the course of thus project I have found all the work we put into research and presentations very rewarding and satisfying to me. That said I think that one of the most challenging but potentially rewarding things for me was working successfully in a group. I think that although we got along it was also difficult for us to work successfully together. The persistence of us working through this created for a wonderful YPI experience.