Saturday, April 21, 2012

Soccer, Soccer & More Soccer!!

Bogdan, our contact at Orphanage 12, organized a Soccer Tournament at the end of March among teenagers from five different orphanages. Approximately 30 kids met in Kiev to play soccer and also to visit Ukraine's capital. Check out the PHOTO ALBUM.

An Orphan Smiles loves to support activities that provide orphans an opportunity to have fun and to experience life outside the orphanage grounds. Bogdan had gained support for the travel expenses from an Italian organization. An Orphan Smiles collected funds to provide soccer shoes to the kids who do not have footwear to play soccer. We also provided each participant with their own soccer ball and funds to treat all the participants to a lunch at McDonald's while they were visiting the city.

The three day tournament was a HUGE success. Besides the opportunity to play soccer against other teams complete with uniforms and awards, the players were invited to a Dynamo Soccer practice and met many of the professional players. In addition, the group was featured on National TV in Ukraine. Click here to watch the coverage of this special occasion.