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]

Making breakfast burritos for the Burrito Riders!

Making breakfast burritos for the Burrito Riders!


Our September RAK Louisville challenge was to ask people to pledge a batch of burritos for the Burrito Riders.  How much more fun can a service projects be – it involves burritos and bicycles!!!

The outreach is not complicated – they ride their bikes every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, deliver breakfast burritos to anyone who is hungry and build relationships over a period of time. How can you help? We thought you would never ask! Easiest thing ever – just make a batch of breakfast burritos (more assembling than cooking) and get it to them before their ride. You can message them on Facebook or via email and they will pick up or you can drop off. You can make them pretty much anytime and just freeze them.

This has to be the easiest way to serve!

Here is the recipe:


  • 2 packages large (at least 10″) flour tortillas
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 3 cans of black beans (15 oz)
  • 20oz of mild salsa
  • 12oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • Aluminum foil to wrap the burritos
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp garlic powder


  1. Warm the black beans over medium heat. Add the cumin and garlic. Drain the excess liquid.
  2. Scramble the eggs. Salt and Pepper to taste
  3. Prepare the rice according to package directions
  4. Combine rice, beans, salsa and eggs in a large contained. Stir it in gently until it is all mixed.


  1. On a large tortilla, place 1 cup mixture in the middle. Fold each end and roll the burrito to close.
  2. Wrap the burrito with aluminum foil.

Here is a link to a video that shows the best way to assemble and fold the burrito: 

You can contact them on their Facebook page:


The crew below working hard to get the burritos done on time!






More pics and details here:

RAK Louisville Food Boxes


A RAK Louisville Project

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We have an exciting new project that everyone can be involved in. It is called RAK Louisville Food Boxes.

There are many people in our city who are in need of food boxes – especially when they transition from the street to housing. This project is to help them out for a few months by helping them with some food needs. The boxes are distributed through other street outreach groups we work with. They cannot request it directly – just to make sure it is going to the right person.

This is a perfect project for team, a family or a small group.

This is just a guide to give you an idea of what to include. Please feel free to personalize and be creative and change it up if you need to. A card or anything else to personalize would be much appreciated as well.

What is in the Food Box?

Suggested non-perishable food:

  • 1 bag of potatoes
  • 1 bag of rice
  • 1 jar of peanut butter
  • 1 jar of jam, jelly or honey
  • 1 box of crackers
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Package of thin spaghetti
  • 2 cans of green beans, peas & corn
  • 2 cans of peaches & pineapple
  • 4 cans ravioli
  • 4 cans of hearty soup
  • Packages of ramen noodles
  • 2 cans of tuna
  • 1 jar of Mayo
  • 6 boxes of Mac and Cheese
  • Pudding or Jell-O cups
  • Cookies

Fresh Food

We would appreciate you including a $25 Kroger gift card with the box so we can purchase some fresh items for them when we are ready to deliver the box. Fresh items such as bread, milk, eggs, fruit and frozen meals.

Please comment below or email us at [email protected] Or, you can connect with us on Facebook.

Here is a link to a PDF.

RAK Louisville food box guide

JANUARY EPIC RAK CHALLENGE: Do Something with the Burrito Riders!



This year, we are doing to issue monthly Epic RAKLouisville challenges to give everyone an opportunity to plan and do something really amazing.  Our January challenge is to do something with The Burrito Riders. They ride every other Saturday and really do need our support in providing them Breakfast burritos to pass our to the needy in our city. They can easily pass out up to 300++ breakfast burritos.

Here is a link to their website which has their recipe and details on where they meet.

If you would like to make burritos, please email them or message them on Facebook.

We have done it as a family and made one batch of burritos. We have also involved our friends and had a burrito rolling party.


Here are some other pics of groups making the burritos:

#RAKLouisville shows some love to TARC Drivers!

#RAKLouisville shows some love to TARC Drivers!


One of our friends, Ms. Kim had an AWESOME RAKLouisville today!!!!! She made goody bags – with water and goodies and gave it away to TARC drivers. They were all very surprised to receive them – something so unexpected from a stranger. One of the drivers did not believe her, he had never received anything for free before! This is amazing.



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