One of the many ways that Rukundo International (RI) supports rural communities in Kabale, Uganda is through our boys soccer program. Thanks to generous donors, we were able to form three teams this year, serving a total of forty-nine students!
Kabale Municipal Youth Tournament
Our boys worked hard preparing for the Kabale Municipal Youth Tournament on February 1st. They trained throughout December and January, with only a small break for Christmas – and we’re pleased to announce their hard work has paid off! Two of our diligent teams made it to the semi-finals — and one of those was the tournament runner-up! While each participating team was awarded a trophy, our boys also won 100,000 shillings ($28 USD), which we divided among all the players. Good job, everyone!
We would like to congratulate the winners of the tournament, Kigezi Soccer Academy, for a game well played. We are so proud of our students, who worked hard and played hard – but more importantly, who exemplified the RI values of friendship, partnership, and unity.
Our Future Goals
At RI, we believe in bringing healthy opportunities for building important life skills to the children in our community. There are so many developmental benefits of playing team sports, including relationship building and communication skills. Our soccer program gives this opportunity to children who otherwise would not be able to afford it, with our benevolent donors paying for coaches’ fees and all equipment.
Our enthusiastic coach, who is always striving to further the program’s progress, has set the following goals for future success:
● Forming a partnership with a local educational institution to expand resources, including a regular playing field for practice.
● Acquiring more equipment, including shoes for every player. Many play barefoot!
● Sponsoring school fees for players with a strong academic history, to prevent “poaching” by other teams.
● Using the program as an entry point for our vocational programs, including computer training.
● Getting the parents more involved in their children’s developmental process.
If you would like to help us reach these goals — and help our boys reach their full potential — please donate and put “soccer” on the memo line. We are so excited to see how far these boys will go with a little rukundo (love) and guidance!