September 09, 2013
Men's Soccer Donates Equipment to UgandaThe Lake Erie College Men's Soccer team recently donated equipment to Field of Dreams charity organization headquartered in Kampala, Uganda. The team formed the partnership this past spring.
The team donated jerseys, shorts, socks and cleats which were used as prizes for top scorers, best defenders, most valuable player and fair play awards. These items are currently scattered around several of Field of Dreams partner schools, such as Africa Greater Life (also known as Wakiso School of Hope).
"We are delighted to have partnered with Field of Dreams Uganda. We are thankful and inspired that we can help provide hope in the lives of these children. When we received photographs, it really made us appreciate what we can provide for those less fortunate," said Davie Carmichael, head coach.
Field of Dreams Uganda is based out of Evansville, Ind., and provides hope for the orphaned and vulnerable children of Uganda through the vehicles of soccer and education. Soccer is a great passion of children in the country and through this organization, each orphanage is provided with field upgrades and equipment to participate in at least two tournaments a year. Local churches are hired to teach the children not only soccer, but life skills including team work, discipline and work ethic, which is used both on and off the field.
"Thank you so much to the Lake Erie College Men's Soccer program for their generous donation and for advancing the world's most beloved game far beyond our nation's borders. The kids that received this equipment feel like kings and queens when they realized this is theirs to keep," said Michael Warneke, executive director of Field of Dreams Uganda.
Carmichael plans to partner with Field of Dreams Uganda on a coaches mission trip to Uganda in December 2014 to help contribute first hand.
Pictured here: Buyinza, who plays for the boys U-15 team at Wakiso School of Hope.