Delays Can’t Dampen Celebration for International Day of Sport for Development & Peace
The original event was postponed because of a tornado, then the re-scheduled event was forced inside because of rain. Despite adversity in planning Richmond’s first observance of International Day of Sport for Development & Peace, the day achieved one of it’s most important goals: learn and have fun through sport. April 6 was the day people around the world celebrated but the CSL’s event was held Monday April 17 at Woodville Elementary school in collaboration with the YMCA’s after school program.
Thirty CSL students led more than 50 kids through four soccer stations that incorporated the themes of Respect, Listening, Sportsmanship, and Teamwork. Students were able to practice the fundamentals of soccer while learning about the 4 themes and interacting with their peers and our volunteers. The students were able to experience the power of working together and achieving success.
Following the soccer stations, the students recapped what they learned with our volunteers and then engaged in a game of freeze dance led by CSL’s very own DJ H.Live. The YMCA Woodville Site Director Alan Morton then spoke to the group about the power of volunteerism and several Woodville Elementary students took turns expressing thanks to our volunteers and explaining what volunteerism meant to them.
Alan Morton of the YMCA was thrilled the event was brought to Woodville this year.
“We wanted to say thanks again for facilitating such a great event. The kids are really taking to soccer because of you all. They had a great time and so did the staff.”
The event would not have been possible without our incredible sponsors and community partners. Crossridge Family & Cosmetic Dentistry made it possible for each of the Woodville YMCA participants to leave the event with a drawstring bag and their very own soccer ball! The kids were ecstatic when they found out they were each able to take a ball home to keep and that would not have been possible without the generous support of Crossridge Family & Cosmetic Dentistry! The Richmond Kickers were also instrumental in making the day a success. Thanks to their generosity, we were able to donate 50 new soccer balls to Woodville Elementary School and each of the 50 YMCA after school participants went home with a free ticket to go see the Kickers play at City Stadium! Lastly, we would like to thank the entire YMCA after school program staff at Woodville Elementary for welcoming us with open arms and helping us build relationships with the students they serve.
Overall, the first ever Richmond area celebration of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace was a huge success! Knowing 43 million people worldwide were also taking part in events similar to this puts the power of sport into perspective for us all, and we are grateful we were able to bring that celebration to an underserved population in our own community. It was certainly special to watch these students learn, improve, and have fun, and hopefully, the students’ new found love of soccer and working together will inspire them to keep practicing and open the door for new opportunities in their lives.
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