Dean Doeling visited St. John a few years back and noticed seven kids who were playing with one very worn out and very flat soccer ball. Two things immediately entered his mind:
1. How great is it that these kids are having so much fun with this worn out old ball?
2. Is this the only soccer ball these kids have?
The answer to number two was most likely yes, so Doeling decided to act on it by creating the organization Using Sport for Social Change.
For the past four years, Using Sport for Social Change has entertained hundreds of kids by putting on a free sports field day event called Just Play. The goal of Just Play is to boost youth confidence levels through sports and fitness by helping participants set personal goals and achieve their aspirations while creating positive opportunities for themselves, their families and their community. This year’s event will be held on Monday, October 14.
The event cannot happen without the help of generous sponsors. According to Doeling, the one-day event is worth roughly $60,000 while product and services donations from sponsors and volunteers typically cover all but $6,500. The organization counts on donations to cover the remaining expenses, which include t-shirts, water bottles, trophies and medals, and shipping costs among other items.
News of St. John is proud to sponsor Just Play. We hope you will consider joining us.
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