At the end of this summer, the boys and girls varsity soccer teams flew down to Trinidad and Tobago for an extension of preseason and as an opportunity to help out the community. It was the second time we had gone, and the experience was amazing. The kids there really looked up to us to teach them the game and help them out with drills. I even made friends with a few of the kids that were my age! Giving out the equipment was probably the best part. The look on their faces when they see the pair that they have been longing for is priceless. It was an unforgettable experience and it really opened my eyes to different communities around the world, some cannot even get cleats that they want. It also brought the team much closer with one another which is very helpful for the season.
This year I helped make no-sew fleece blankets for undocumented minors being held in a residential facility while awaiting trial in immigration court. While making these blankets, we talked about the terrible conditions that the undocumented minors experience in the “residential facility.” They get one mesh-like blanket to sleep on, so we made them some fleece blankets to be a little bit more comfortable and warm. Some of the stories Claire told us were very upsetting and made me feel like I should be doing more for the cause. She told us that there was a little 7 year old girl there who was found at the border with no family. I’m happy I had the opportunity to help make these kids more comfortable.
This summer, we took a trip to Tobago for service, training, and bonding. It was an amazing experience all around and I had a great time. We worked for the organization Kleats for Kids, distributing cleats, shinguards, and goalie gloves. We also trained the kids. We went to 2 different places, both schools and trained the kids and gave them new equipment. It was also Amazing bonding and just a fun thing to do.
This project was very challenging for me, however I learned so much about a topic that I never really considered or knew about. My group partnered with the Urban Justice Center to try to help the problem of homelessness in the LGBTQ community. Originally I was unenthusiastic about it because I found it to be somewhat of a hard topic to find a lot of specific information on, but as the project went on, it became very interesting and I realized that it was a serious problem in the US and all around the world. We defiantly had some group chemistry problems, but for the most part we got over it. The main rewarding part about this is that I now am more aware about another social issue and will do all that I can to help.