Sunday 12:24 AM
The first of many anticipated reunions commenced tonight shortly after our arrival in Johannesburg Sunday night to launch Phase Two of Project PUSH. Thumi, who was one of the 14 coaches and youth educators who traveled to Richmond last summer, met us at our hotel and escorted us to dinner. We’ll see Thumi again Tuesday when we visit the Boys & Girls Club of South Africa.
After an 18 hour flight from Washington D.C. to Johannesburg, the CSL delegation of eight educators & coaches, led by Dr. LeCrom, landed about 5:30pm local time (the time difference is 7 hours). The anticipation for this trip has been building since Phase One concluded back in June. We will spend the next two weeks visiting and meeting with coaches and educators in Johannesburg, Soweto, Stellenbosch, and Cape Town to follow up on the action plans they developed for their communities when they came to Richmond last summer.
On Monday morning, we’ll be up early to meet with Grassroots Soccer in Soweto.
Project PUSH (Play Until Something Happens), a partnership between the Center for Sport Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Strikers Soccer Club, the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, Ragball International, and Grassroots Soccer, is a two-way cultural exchange funded under the U. S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ International Sports Programming Initiative. The purpose is to use the power of sport to create social change.