Sports — 06 February 2015
“Building a Future for Our Youth”

Englewood Cliffs, NJ/Belmopan, Feb. 2, 2015–The BelCare Football Youth Academy (BelCare) announced today the launch of its Grassroots Football program for children that will occur in San Ignacio, Cayo on February 21 at 1:00 p.m. at Broaster Stadium, Savanah Area with Adventures Football Club, and in Dangriga, Stann Creek on February 22nd at 1:00 p.m. at Carl Ramos Stadium with Umadagu Football Club.

BelCare Football Youth Academy (BelCare) is a non-profit/social enterprise organization that uses the power of football to educate, inspire and empower young people to lead meaningful lives. We work with local football clubs in order to introduce and organize the Grassroots Program (all football that is non-professional and non-elite is defined as Grassroots). The ultimate goal of the Grassroots Program is to use football to bring communities together and give less fortunate children a sense of purpose and pride. BelCare mobilizes the most vulnerable population of youth, ages 6-19, to grow through football, by fostering team and individual development, sportsmanship, fair play and work to inspire the next generation of young Belizeans to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

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BelCare distributes footballs, cleats, shin guards and clothing through a network of organizations serving youth in disadvantaged environments in Belize, including villages, towns, rural communities, inner cities and other communities. We created a distribution matrix that incorporates every district in Belize and identified all the schools, clubs and organization dedicated to making a meaningful impact on the lives of youth in Belize through football with the goal of bringing the joy of soccer and play to youth in their communities.

BelCare uses football as a tool to empower young people, addressing a range of issues, including health, education, social integration, gender equality, employability, environment and youth leadership.

It takes one football to change the life of a child.

By working with partners from the world of sports, business, philanthropy and social enterprise, we bring global support for provision of uniforms, equipment, coaches salary for training, administrative management, medical training, field nurse and transportation for children.

– press release –

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