SOCCER WITHOUT BORDERS - Greeley
SOCCER WITHOUT BORDERS - GREELEY creates positive team communities for recently arrived refugee and immigrant youth. Harnessing the power of soccer as a universal language, SWB Greeley engages newcomer refugee, asylee, and immigrant youth from Burma, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Mexico. As youth adjust to their new and often difficult circumstances, their SWB team provides an avenue for positive engagement. In a safe and supportive environment, youth build meaningful friendships, community connections, English language skills, and powerful mentor/mentee relationships, which play an important role in their successful integration into their new lives in the U.S.
Currently, SWB Greeley directly serves more than 100 middle school and high school aged youth annually, reaching an additional 600 through special events. Across SWB USA programs since 2008, 94% of regular high school aged participants have graduated from high school.
SWB Greeley started in 2011 when The Force, a semi-professional women’s soccer team from Northern Colorado reached out to run after school soccer programs for refugee students at John Evans Middle School. When the soccer camps ended in the fall of 2011, the need for additional programming was evident. Soon after, the Force leadership launched the Colorado Storm and partnered with Soccer Without Borders to develop an ongoing program in early 2012.