Updated: Jul 15, 2019
On June 8th 2019, OnSide partnered with L.A.C.E.S., DC United, District Sports and One Journey to put on the Refugee Community Soccer Day for refugees living in the DC area. The missions of the event were to both have fun playing soccer and to connect refugees with the local soccer community. OnSide’s primary role in the event was to help set up goals and drills, as well as to run drills and games for the kids.
When the OnSide volunteers arrived at the event at 10 am, they set up small scrimmage areas as well as other zones for games like Steal the Bacon. Once the kids started arriving around 11 am, OnSide volunteers worked with members of the other organizations to get to know the kids and start warming up their soccer skills for the day. At 11:30, a group of roughly 40 refugees, assembled by L.A.C.E.S., arrived at the event and the organizers of the event gathered to speak to the children. By 12, all the kids had been divided into groups and were having a great time playing all the games and drills OnSide coaches were running. The drills and games went on for about 4 hours, and a great time was had by all. At 4:15, the L.A.C.E.S. bus left the event and the OnSide volunteers helped finish with cleanup from the event.
All in all, the Refugee Community Soccer Day was a great success and everyone had an amazing time. Thank you to all the organizations who helped make this possible!
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