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Reaching Out to Refugees - Soccer in Spokane

May 19, 2022

Jubal McDaniel doubles as a volunteer chaplain by night, an athletic director and soccer coach and non-profit leader by day, and a host of other things in between. Recently, in a phone call with Jubal, he mentioned some work that he is resuming with taking soccer to encourage and love on refugee youth and families in Spokane, WA later this summer.

Jubal and his non-profit, NW Football Ministries will partner with World Relief Spokane. World Relief is a global Christian humanitarian organization that brings sustainable solutions to the world’s greatest problems – disasters, extreme poverty, violence, oppression, and mass displacement. They partner with local churches and community leaders in the U.S. and abroad to bring hope, healing and transformation to the most vulnerable.

I am hopeful that we see a first successful camp for Thrive International. I am excited about the wider community recognition that this camp has received from community churches, non-profits and local soccer clubs.

Jubal, on his hopes for the 2022 camp

In 2019, Jubal and his group served over 55 children in the first year of the project. The Ball Project was a sponsor in that initial year — the children in the camp all received a soccer ball, cleats, shin guards and soccer socks. In 2020, COVID has forced closure of the summer soccer camp. 2021 saw a return and this year, Jubal and members of World Relief and Thrive International expect well over 100 children to be part of the camp to be held in late June. There will likely be a majority of refugees from the continent of Africa.

Afghani girls enjoy soccer at the 2019 camp. Sports are typically prohibited for women in their nation.

Jubal is requesting any available equipment, warm-ups, jerseys, in various sizes from youth small to large. We are also looking for a donor to offset the costs of shipping gear items to him (approximately $70).

If you would like to make a specific donation of one of the items above check out our SmileAmazon charity list here. Or you can make a financial donation via PushPay and our Community Project Fund.

When you financially support Soccer Chaplains United a portion of your gift automatically goes to help our community projects and requests. You can give specifically to help cover our costs by making a gift through PushPay — simply select Community Project from the selectable funds. Your financial gift helps us purchase new soccer equipment, sponsor individuals projects and organizations, and to cover associated costs of providing Bibles, soccer equipment, and other outreach tools locally and around the world!

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