For many girls around the world, playing soccer is a luxury they can’t afford. But that doesn’t mean soccer can’t have a positive and impactful role in changing their lives.
WAGS supports the University of Lynchburg Women’s Soccer Program, their WOW (Women of Worth) program, and the work their partner, Sports Outreach, does to empower women and girls in Africa. In June of 2017, the coaches and players went to Uganda – Gulu to help women and girls to not just thrive in their communities, but thrive in life. The contribution from WAGS provided critically needed computers, office software, supplies, and funding to hire a teacher and enabled the opening of the WAGS Gulu Educational Resource Center.
In 2018 WAGS provided funding and a second resource center was opened the Katwe WAGS Educational Resource Center, coordinated and managed through the Robert Katende Initiative.
For 2019 the coaches and players have returned to Africa (May 2019) to again empower the WOW (Women of Worth) Girls they sponsor, to include gift bags of needed items. They will also be exploring additional opportunities to reach the communities that so desperately need help. While there, they are looking at different ways to have soccer continue to have an impactful role in changing the girls and women’s lives. So stay tuned for how we are going to continue our support of not just the current WAGS Resource Centers, but what will come next . We will post details soon!
Please read an update we received from the coordinator of the WAGS Gulu Educational Resource Center.
WAGS gives women and girls hope and a chance, by providing funding so they can have the guidance they so desperately need, whether it be to learn basic life skills, computer skills, or even foot skills.