One World Soccer Camp unifies diversity
One World Soccer Camp brings together refugee kids from all cultures, provides equipment, coaching and four days of fun at Ann Morrison Park — all around the common denominator of soccer.
“Soccer is a common language,” says Lee Riley, CEO of Idaho Rush and camp director. “Literally, you don't have to say anything. You can throw a ball out there and suddenly everyone understands the rules and the game.”
The camp is now coordinated by Idaho Rush soccer club, whose coaches volunteer their time. The soccer club partners with Agency for New Americans, Boise Parks and Recreation and Idaho Foodbank.
“This camp has always served as a mechanism for integration of the refugee community into the Boise community in general,” says Dave Rucklos, Idaho Rush sponsorship coordinator. “Today, with the nature of things politically, sport is a great way of bringing people together.”
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