“Becoming involved with UKSD has been a great way to reach out and connect with people of all ages. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to be part of many fundraisers, international trips, and locally run events.
It’s given me the chance to become active within my community, all while sharing a passion for soccer. Being able to kick a ball around with someone new is an excellent way to build a connection, which is something that UKSD embodies.
Soccer has always been an important part of my life, and taking part in UKSD events has helped reenforce that. Growing up, I played through the ranks of club soccer in MA, and currently play club at the college level.
During high school I took part in UKSD’s local fundraising tournament in an effort to assist food pantries around Cape Cod. Players could enter the tournament by donating grocery bags of food, in addition to small cash contributions.
Teams were able to play for hours, and at the end of the night all proceeds were donated to local food banks. I’ve also been a part of the UKSD social change group in Dominica.
This trip was a highlight of mine for a number of reasons, but mostly due to the perspective I gained from interacting with the people we met. Organizing clinics, building relationships, and something as simple as playing soccer on the beach had an immense impact on us and the community we were in.”