WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer team will play a charity game in support of Grassroot Soccer when the Hoyas host the Seton Hall University Pirates on Saturday at Shaw Field.
Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is an international adolescent health organization that educates, inspires and mobilizes young people to overcome their greatest health challenges and live healthier, more productive lives. GRS uses the power of soccer to connect young people with the mentors, information, and health services they need to thrive, and empowers adolescents to make educated choices about pressing health challenges such as HIV & AIDS, sexual health, gender-based violence and malaria.
GRS's evidence-based programs, led by trained local Caring Coaches, incorporate soccer into dynamic lessons about health and wellness that engage young people and break down cultural barriers. With proven results and a constant focus on research and innovation, GRS has reached over 1.2 million young people in nearly 50 countries with health education.
To date, Grassroot Soccer has reached more than two million young people in 50 countries. Every $25 raised empowers one young person with a life-changing health education programming.
"This organization is near and dear to me,” said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. “My good friend, Dr. Tommy Clark, started Grassroot Soccer over 15 years ago in response to the AIDS crisis in Africa, as a way provide badly needed information to kids about the HIV virus through the vehicle of our sport. Grassroot Soccer has since reached over two million kids through their program. I was fortunate enough to spend several months in Zimbabwe, playing soccer in Bulawayo where I was able to play with some of the most talented young players in the country. Sadly, two of them died of AIDS less than five year after I left Zimbabwe. Grassroot Soccer is built to stop those kinds of tragedies."
The Hoyas have a goal to raise $2,000 for the cause and fans can donate online.