Soccer (Futbal) bridging the language and cultural barrier with refugees

Soccer (Futbal) bridging the language and cultural barrier with refugees

Calling all soccer players, fans, teams and families in the Louisville area!!!!

We have an awesome opportunity to show our character off the pitch with the September RAK Louisville Challenge. Newcomer Academy is a JCPS English as a Second Language (ESL) school for students from our refugee community who are transitioning into the American way of life. This is a JCPS school and it is located right here in Louisville.

Newcomer Academy fields a middle school soccer team for the Spring season and they need our help. These students come to our country without very much with them. They are learning to adapt to our way of life and to speak and read English. I cannot even imagine what it would be like to flee your home because of danger and then build a life in a new country where everything is foreign.

Soccer is home to them.

When they play soccer, for those 90 minutes, everyone on the pitch is equal and everyone around you just a player. There are no language or cultural barriers to break down – soccer connects all of us. It is all about the game – that is the language we speak.

RAK Louisville is committed

We are committed to providing the Newcomer School soccer team with all they need to train and field a team this school year. The YMCA runs their after-school program and trains and puts together their soccer team. Right now, they are borrowing some equipment and trying to figure out resources for cleats, shin guards, etc. These student don’t have the cleats, practice apparel and everything else that most players have.

I know that the Louisville soccer community will come together to ensure that this middle school team will have what they need to start their season and field a team.

We need your help.

We need you to help us with the following items for the Newcomer soccer team.
Our list of items range from soccer socks and cleats to Bownet goals.

Here is a list of items needed for the boys:

  • Cleats, cleats and more cleats from size 3-10 (high demand for size 7, 7 ½, 8)
  • Soccer Balls (Size 5)
  • Soccer Socks
  • Shin Guards
  • Drawstring Bags (to keep their practice and game gear)
  • Soccer shorts for practice (Youth Large and Adult Small)
  • Athletic shirts for practice (Adult S, M and Large, Youth L)

Here are a few items needed for the school. This is a large purchase that we are hoping that teams can go in together to purchase or that a business would purchase for us.

You can shop for these items anywhere you like.

All donations can be dropped off at: Eberle Orthodontics
13913 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40245

It was my father who taught us that an immigrant must work twice as hard as anybody else, that he must never give up. – Zidedinde Zindane

Can you raise $54?

Can you raise $54?


RAK Louisville has teamed up with Emily Duffy (@emilytduffy) to raise money for sleeping bags called Duffily Bags for the homeless in Ireland. Emily invented this sleeping bag design to come up with a solution that is lightweight and weather resistant. Mendicity Institution in Dublin now make the bags and they are staffed by folks who have experienced homelessness. Watch video below for information about Emily and the sleeping bag.

I met Emily a few weeks ago and I was so impressed not only with her project but her heart to change the world. I knew that we had to Step Up and help. How awesome is this? RAK Louisville stepping up to make an impact in Ireland! Truly, if we work together, we can change the world!!!

Our RAK Louisville challenge is for you to use your gifts and talents to raise just $54.

The sleeping bags cost US$54 to make. The money you donate has the power to change 2 lives – the person making it and the person receiving the sleeping bag.

HOW TO DONATE: RAK Louisville is a registered non-profit. You can make checks out to RAK or RAK Louisville. Please email us for the address. You can also Donate Online on our website. If you have any questions, please email: [email protected]

RAK Day 7

Make goody bags and put them under 7 mailboxes or leave by the front door. Or just give it to the first 7 people you see.

RAK Day 5

Give thank you cards to your teacher(s) and/or bus driver(s), You can include a treat.

RAK Day 5

Buy some flowers and hand them out at a senior citizen’s club or nursing home. Visit the residents.

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