Your Donations Needed!
Drop off your expired uniforms in the bin
outside the Ela office.
You did it! You, the Ela Family really came through! We collected over 200 items and were able to donate most of them right away!
We are proud to announce we are shipping over 60 complete uniforms to Costa Rica's La Conquista High School and the surrounding area's youth soccer programs.
We are working in conjunction with a non profit organization called Global Doing Good (globaldoinggood.org). They provide service learning and student travel opportunities to assist Costa Rican communities. They are planning a trip in January and they will transport, deliver and distribute the uniforms at that time.
The players pictured are from the 2 soccer teams at La Conquista High School, a small rural school in Costa Rica.
One special thing about this school is their extremely motivational coach, Esteban. He is blind and participated with the Costa Rican National soccer team for the blind.
The uniforms the players are wearing were a donation from 3 years ago. They do not have enough for all the kids so when they go to play a game they need to share their uniforms.
The Kick it Forward Program is designed to level the playing field for those in need, locally and globally. Coordinated by volunteers using resources and guidance from Ela Soccer leadership, these programs will strengthen the Ela Soccer community through helping others. Local and international programs will allow us to fully utilize our donations supply and establish sustainable momentum for the program. The Program will be driven by the generosity and energy of volunteers and supported by Ela Soccer Club.
The new uniform cycles provide an excellent opportunity for our international program to quickly gain momentum. It is unlikely many players will continue to wear their kits after they receive their new uniforms, leaving an excess of unusable gear. Ela's branding makes it unreasonable for uniforms to be distributed locally or nationally. However, there is a significant need for quality apparel in less fortunate communities around the world. Our intention is to identify several international affiliations that could benefit from the program and establish an ongoing partnership between our communities. This partnership would allow us to connect with those we are assisting, thus strengthening the program.
The Free Kick Program provides gently used equipment at no charge to members of the ESC community. This program directly assists those who may have a budding interest in the game or do not have the resources to acquire the necessary equipment to compete. Items will be distributed on an as-needed basis . Again, program success will rely on the generosity of the community to build an inventory for future distribution.
Often players outgrow their cleats before they outwear them. As the expense of footwear climbs, it can be frustrating to purchase and retire several pairs of shoes a year over the spring, fall and winter seasons. The Exchange allows players to exchange functioning footwear for a similar pair (type and condition) in a different size. This program will relieve some burden of the expense of outfitting their player throughout the season while assisting others in the Club.
The Program is operated and managed by volunteers. If you’d like to assist during the donation drives or suggest a partner for our international program please email Brian Gilboy at email@example.com
Uniform donation made its way to an orphanage in Sierra Leone through the The Raining Seasons The Covering Project - a home to almost 100 children living in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Equipment donated to this Chicago based organization that uses the power of sport to change lives, give hope, reclaim space and develop a culture of opportunities for youth and families in Chicago