Talk about a travel soccer team. You would need an atlas, a passport and a Google map to keep up with members of the Barnstable girls soccer team this off season.
During the third week of April, several team members vacationed in the Caribbean, but the trek did not consist solely of trips to the beach to lie out in the sun.
With the frigid temperatures plummeting recently and the first snow hitting the Cape last weekend, it’s hard to imagine the peril faced by those less fortunate who are without housing at this time of the year.
Some 35 area high school soccer players recent took part in the Sleepout Soccerthon during the weekend of December 10-11, held at Compass Athletics in Sandwich.
The community of Pointe Michel, more particularly the youth of that village, was recently the recipient of a generous donation of sporting equipment, including jerseys, balls, and boots from UK Sports Development (UKSD).
The Organization, which is affiliated to Professional English Football Club, Millwall FC, has as its motto “Helping the Community through Soccer” and as such encompass a number of programs that target this thrust.
MASHPEE — The goal was a big one and it had nothing to do with kicking a ball into a net. Nobody kept score as 27 high school students on rotating teams played a continuous 10-hour soccer game on a recent weekend overnight. Everyone was a winner.
The scene was surreal, two rickety cardboard villages — one for the boys, the other for the girls — were assembled in the gym as part of the Sleepout Soccerthon last month at Mashpee High School. Funds were raised to help the homeless, but, more importantly, the goal was to change attitudes about homelessness.
“The idea is to get high school kids involved in the community,” said Lee Docherty, founder of UK Soccer Development, a Cape Cod organization that tries to change the world through soccer.
If you pass by the Cape Cod Challenger Club this weekend, don’t be surprised by the presence of numerous cardboard boxes. It’s all part of the Sleep Out Soccerthon being held by student athletes and coaches of UK Soccer Development (a.k.a. UKSD).
“Basically we’ve got 38 high school kids and four UKSD coaches and we’re getting cardboard boxes and we’re going to spend the night in cardboard boxes to raise awareness about childhood homelessness,” said Lee Docherty, UKSD founder and CEO, who conceived the event.
During the last few years, UKSD has evolved from what started as a few ideas scribbled on paper to a fully established organization working to better the youth in communities across the world. This work is done through the game of soccer, while also empowering young minds to play an active role in helping those less fortunate than themselves.
There is something universal about soccer. Not only is it a game that is played on nearly every continent worldwide, it can also be played by people of all ages. Lee Docherty and a team of Cape Cod soccer players are now hoping to use soccer as a means of inspiration.
During February vacation, Docherty, founder and CEO of UK Soccer Development, is taking a group of local soccer players, all UKSD athletes, to the Caribbean island of Dominica where they will lead soccer clinics, volunteer at a school and help with an island building project.
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