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  • Get ready! Next week begins Facebook's Giving Season! Last year, Soccer Chaplains United benefitted some several donors making contributions on Giving Tuesday through Facebook. But we wanted to inform supporters of a change this year. Facebook (Meta) has announced a change to their typical "Giving Tuesday" charitable endeavors with a new "Giving Season." Essentially, there will be a match for recurring donations setup through Facebook (Meta). About Giving Season Giving Season is a 6 week period where Meta may match eligible donations to eligible nonprofits on Facebook. Meta will match up to $7 million of eligible donations. Find out more here. If you sign up to be a monthly donor to an eligible nonprofit on Facebook during Giving Season, then

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    For the second year in a row, Soccer Chaplains United chaplains and board members will have an in-person retreat with a few zoom meeting moments during the annual Founder's Retreat in scenic, Fairplay, Colorado, November 10 — 13. Last year (2021), the retreat format and style was changed to include chaplains and board members after 2020 saw the retreat canceled due to the pandemic. Prior to 2020, the Board of Directors and chaplains had met in alternating years, but last year felt like an important time to mix both parts of the ministry for the sake of encouragement and support. The Board of Directors retreat in 2019 had a vision and dream session facilitated by Dave Meserve. The Board also

  • This year, Soccer Chaplains United will participate in its second ColoradoGives Day. ColoradoGives Day is part of the ColoradoGives program sponsored by Community First Foundation. Through donors and philanthropic-minded people can support local, Colorado-based non-profits. As a non-profit based in Colorado and supporting Coloradoans, Soccer Chaplains United is eligible to participate. Check out our ColoradoGives Profile PageGo There This year's goal for ColoradoGives Day? $15,000 ColoradoGives Day is a special-focused day which is annually held on the second Tuesday of December (December 6, 2022). This year will mark the 12th year of the unique day which features the combined power of Community First Foundation and FirstBank partnering together to make this day rewarding for givers, nonprofits and the community

  • I am excited at the opportunity that my long-time friendship and relationship with Wells Thompson has afforded me to be a guest at this year's Mental Fitness Summit. There are some 15+ industry-leading professionals that are coming together to speak on issues of mental health and resilience. This year's event is online, similar to last year. I am including some details below. I think players and parents and others associated with soccer will find this to be a brilliant introduction to Soccer Resilience and all that they have to offer which includes resourcing club, teams, and individuals: including coaches and referees. The summit is being held from November 14-16. And if you are interested you are encouraged to register here

  • Jason Rollins and a team of students and parents returned from Ecuador this summer, and we've all been eager to hear how Casa Deportiva Cumbre Alta was able to use the gear that the team took down.  You can read about the team's initial request and the eventual fulfillment. Matt Keifer, the Director of Operations for Cumbre Alta, recently sent the following report: First of all… thank you again! This is awesome stuff and can’t tell you how excited our men and womens team will be to get all of this new gear. Because of the amount that was given, and the varying sizes, we have enough of the compression gear to give to both the first team’s of the men

  • I recently had occasion to visit Cambridge, England and while I was there, I was interested to learn a unique piece of football history. Apparently, the first known instance of codifying (or writing down) the rules of association football happened in Cambridge. In 1848, a group of Cambridge University students wrote out a set of 11 rules. They nailed these to the trees surrounding Parker’s Piece, a large grassy park in central Cambridge. Today, on the From the Touchline podcast, I take a look at Rule 9: If the ball has passed a player, and has come from the direction of his own goal, he may not touch it till the other side have kicked it, unless there are more