A professional and high school athlete demonstrate leadership and social responsibility

We received this update from Courtney, and are we ever inspired! WELL DONE!! This is enormous undertaking and you saw it through from beginning to end.

“I wanted to update you on the fact that I finished my collection drive of soccer equipment for GOALS Haiti! I have also been working with a school in Leogane, Haiti called Ecole St. Croix, and collected a full set of matching uniforms and team equipment necessary to start the first ever girls team at the school. I also collected a full box of equipment for their boys program. In total, I collected more than 800 pieces of soccer equipment, including 140 soccer balls, 100 pairs of cleats, 20 goals, 80 sets of uniforms (shirt, shorts, shin guards, and socks), 200 cones, and much more.”

Courtney G. has been playing soccer since she was in elementary school. She is now a junior in high school and is one of the captains for the Belmont High School Girls Varsity Soccer Team. Courtney’s love of soccer and support from her family has given her an understanding that not everyone is as fortunate as she to have all she has ever needed to play all these years.

This led to her support of GOALS (Global Outreach And Love of Soccer) Haiti is a nonprofit focused on using soccer to improve quality of life and encourage community building in Haiti. Courtney wrote, “Already an extremely poor country and prone to natural disasters, the devastation of Hurricane Matthew on Haiti left many families in even more negative circumstances. Children in Haiti play soccer everyday without the basic equipment, often having to play barefoot and use plastic bottles as balls. Many kids who play soccer around the world are not fortunate enough to have the proper equipment, or any equipment at all.”

She took the initiative to collect soccer supplies from her community in Belmont, MA for children in Haiti. All it took was composing a thoughtful email asking for donations and carving out some time on a Saturday morning to receive them.

Phenomenal update from Courtney! “So far, I have collected over 60 soccer balls, over 30 pairs of cleats, 75 items of soccer clothing and a lot of coaching equipment. My goal is to double what I have collected so far by June 30th. I find new donations several times a day in the collection bin in front of my garage.” Well done Courtney, and Belmont!

Does this type of endeavor sound like something your kids would take on? Find out what your kids care about and perhaps they too will want to will want to take action.


Adam Jones is an outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles is as well known for his charitable work. He is the Recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award, given to a player from each team who “best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.” Some of his charitable activities include Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) teams in Baltimore, teaming up with the Orioles to help renovate three Boys & Girls Clubs over the past three years and supporting the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s scholarship program, and helping teens get an opportunity attend college. Just this week he donated $20,000 to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

Every student and professional athlete have the potential to make an impact. Giving is contagious so share what you’ve done on Devote!


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