"Share the Wealth" is a program of giving to the impoverished areas of the world new and/or slightly used soccer balls. Africa and Central America are the two focused areas at this point in time. We will accept soccer balls of all sizes. As a corollary to this mission, the Association may use the program to help provide support when a pressing need arises in the soccer community. If you would like to get involved, the need is great. Please contact the PSCA.
Twenty students from the University of Toledo left on medical mission trip to Honduras and took with them 10 soccer balls which they distributed to schools in that country.
Member Keith Nagley took 20 soccer balls for a trip that was taken to the country of Paraguay..
Larry Girvin of Virginia distributed 20 soccer balls, 2 Pumps, 10 equipment bags and 6 pairs of socks while on a medical mission trip to the hill country of Honduras through the Friends of Barnabas Foundation.
Once again the generosity of our soccer family has helped to bring joy to others around the globe. New keeper gear including many hats and scares donated by Brine were sent to the City View Baptist Church in downtown Cleveland. They gave the hats and scarves to the homeless people living in the parks of Cleveland, many of them veterans.
Two mission trips from the Harrisburg area brought ball and uniforms to Lusaka, Zambia and the Beit-CURE Hospital. Thank you to Keith Nagley for helping to facilitate the exchange.
A trip to El Salvador was made by a group of people from central PA, and spearheaded by Marie Heintzelman of Selinsgrove. Soccer balls and uniforms were the order for the day.
Also the Share the Wealth committee sent off to Thies, Senegal—Samaritan’s Purse Mission-- a shipment of 10 soccer balls and several pumps. The contacts there were Philippe and Laurie Sadio. Many of the people we have had contact with over the years continue to correspond with us, suggesting to us there is always a need and also sharing with us their gratitude and joy in receiving materials for their needs.
Another busy year for the program. PSCA member Chris Sauer of Middleburg chaperoned a group to Uganda and brought with him equipment bags, twenty balls, and T-shirts.
In addition, ten soccer balls, ten T-shirts and two sets of uniforms--jerseys and pants were sent to Paula and Dan Sheaffer, missionaries at the Lions of Judah Academy in Magu, Tanzania.
A local gal organizes a trip to Mexico each year. They take a tractor-trailer load of equipment of all kinds to do work there. We sent them 20 balls, 2 boxes of shoes, 2 boxes of shin guards and keeper stuff, box of cones and misc items, 4 boxes of sweat outfits, 32 short sleeve white jerseys 32 short sleeve red jerseys.
Local churches were supplied material for a group headed to Haiti. PSCA gave 13 boxes of jerseys, shorts, shoes, shin guards, sweat outfits and 20 soccer balls.
BIG THANK YOU to the following people for
their donations of time and equipment:
Dan Hogan of Cocalico HS
Larry Girvin of Virginia
Paula Wagner and her class from Midd West HS
Maria Kerstetter, Centre County Christian Academy
Employee volunteers from Lifetouch School Photos make an annual trip to Haiti to help with the recovery efforts. On this trip, not only did they build a new school but they also brought 80 soccer balls donated by Brine in their luggage, thanks to the efforts of Paul Christian, Territory Manager for Lifetouch. It was an AWESOME 10 day trip and a life changing experience. Here, the group stands proudly in front of the new school which they built.