The Passback Program is a joint effort between the Colorado
Rapids, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Soccer Dreams Without Borders, and Major
League Soccer to assist in meeting the soccer needs of all communities.
Soccer Dreams Without Borders is an organization committed to providing educational opportunities to African children
who are living
on the street, living with life threatening diseases, have
parents who are dying of HIV/AIDS or orphaned. The international language
is soccer and the
currency is soccer accessories.
The immediate goal is to provide soccer accessories to
thousands of children who play with bare feet, use rolled up rags or banana
leaves for a ball, play on a dirt field or in the street and can only dream of playing in a world cup.
Through this means of communication, our ultimate goal is to improve the lives
of these children through education.
Accessories As Currency
In 2005 over twenty pairs of
used soccer shoes and some shin pads were
collected for distribution at Fountain Of Hope, a home for children living on
the street in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa. Upon arriving boys and girls were playing
soccer on a dirt field. One young boy was attempting to tie his very worn out
tennis shoe with a weed and we offered to help by providing a rubber band. He
thanked us and got back into the game that was made up of many children who were
barefoot, had no uniforms, a worn out “ball” and rocks that outlined the goal.
The shoes that we delivered to Africa were taken by the
headmaster at Fountain of Home and were given to those students who performed
and achieved goals that were agreed upon. The students received the equipment at
an awards ceremony.