Great story out of Skyline High School.
Emily Baer, a senior on the Spartans’ top-ranked girls soccer team, has helped collect 607 soccer balls and 1,298 retired uniforms since 2006 to give to kids worldwide through World Vision’s “Get a Kick Out of Sharing” program.
The last couple years, Baer and friend Katie Ulrich have gathered hundreds of unused Skyline uniforms and gear that went to children in Rwanda (pictured above) and Kenya.
Baer has used connections through club and high-school teams to network throughout the area, but she could use your help too in an effort she is calling “Play it Forward.” Currently Baer hopes to partner with schools in the area to donate unused equipment.
Here is her contact information and request through a release forwarded to me by Skyline soccer coach Don Braman:
Individuals and teams interested in donating to Play It Forward can contact Emily at Emilybaer@comcast.net. Uniforms must be donated in sets (shorts/jerseys, etc.) of 12 or more, a sufficient quantity to equip a team. The trip across the world is a long one so soccer balls are best if new or barely used. Emily will also take dollar donations for soccer balls. Through local vendors and World Vision, she has been able to purchase balls for $10.00 each.
Baer’s hope is to create a sustainable program that lives on after she graduates.
Photo credit: courtesy of Emily Baer.