The Issue: High Poverty Rate Among Local Children
Children living in Indiana in 2011 faced a poverty rate of 26.3%, far above the 22% national poverty rate for children, WRTV 6 Indianapolis reported. Many of their families struggle to cover necessary expenses including food and rent and cannot afford to enroll them in recreational activities that require fees.
The Campaign: Sponsoring Youth in a Soccer League
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then Soccer Salvation can sponsor five underserved kids in an organized soccer league for one season. Each additional $100 raised will fund league participation for another youth. The donations cover the full cost of the league’s fee for youth who could not otherwise afford to play. Participation in the soccer league can help them learn new skills, engage in physical activities in the outdoors, and make friends.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Kurt Sagorsky and Gabe Peters spend their days working as an auditor and civil-engineering recruiter, respectively, and then dedicate their evenings and weekends to running Soccer Salvation (SocSal). The organization sponsors underprivileged youth in organized soccer leagues and collects donated gear for players and teams that need it. By redistributing items such as cleats and uniforms, SocSal equips local youth with the basic supplies they need to play soccer with their friends or participate in leagues.