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.
A New Program is Envisioned
Since our 2005 trip, several families have
asked whether we plan to collect soccer accessories for another trip. We are
planning to do so and broaden our sources beyond a couple of teams since the
number of children at Fountain of Hope will continue to grow. As a result of the
success or our first trip, we have envisioned a program designed to assist these
children through the language and currency of soccer. Our plan is to:
Collect used and unsold soccer accessories
from soccer clubs, individuals, sporting goods stores, etc.
Provide the soccer accessories to nonprofit
organizations offering formal education and HIV/AIDS awareness programs.
Distribute the equipment to children in
partnership with the nonprofit organization.
Sister and brother African teams will be
established with those USA youth associations contributing to SDWB.
A SDWB Newsletter will be published
periodically that includes articles about USA youth soccer, Confederation
Africaine de Football (CAF) youth soccer, soccer dreams come true and profiles
of great soccer players.
An award program will be implemented that
recognizes individuals and associations that make the greatest contribution to
African youth soccer.
Sponsor A Brother/Sister Sports Club
located near the Lower
Zambezi National Park
One of our goals is to find local US based sports clubs to
sponsor soccer clubs in Lower Zambezi in Zambia. This is done through what we
call "Brother/Sister Sports Clubs". Sports enthusiasts in the US sponsoring
soccer clubs in the Lower Zambezi.
Lower Zambezi Conservation Trust, one of our new partners, has
as their goal to outfit 45 boys, girls and adult soccer teams in a remote and
poor region of southern Zambia.
As we collect financial donations and equipment, we will partner
with the Lower Zambezi Conservation Trust to make the distributions to the Play
For Life Chiawa Sports League - a soccer club with 45 teams.
To learn more about Brother/Sister Sports Clubs or to donate,
click on the following links for the FAQ and Sponsorship Form: