John Waller is a proud Liberian immigrant to the United States who currently plays professional soccer for Atlantic City FC. John and I met via social media a few years ago when I encountered his Lansing, MI based organization, Summerplace United, that supports the children of the SummerPlace Townhomes, many of whom are children of refugees. This winter, John had the opportunity to travel back to his home country of Liberia to give back to a place that means so much to him. We were excited to support his mission by sending along 25 soccer balls for him to spread the love of the game. During his trip, John visited three orphanages and schools to deliver school supplies, 1Ball1Goal soccer balls, and other essential goods, as well as to share his wide breath of knowledge with the children. For more information on John's trip home visit https://www.woodtv.com/news/muskegon-county/liberian-immigrant-gives-back-dont-give-up-continue-to-believe.
Had an awesome day with the Pre-K kids of Chambliss's after school program. It was so fun seeing the huge smiles on their faces. Check out chamblisscenter.org to see more about the amazing work they do with the children of Chattanooga!
Thanks to Johnnie Waller and The Summerplace United crew for having us to come play soccer and drop some balls and jerseys with the awesome kids of Summerplace Townhomes, a community with a number of refugee families from all around the world. Check out summerplaceunited.org to see the awesome work they're doing in Lansing!
The video linked above shows scenes from Chattanooga Sports Ministries' 6th Annual Neighborhood Cup. From CSM's facebook: "The Cup, is CSM’s annual futsal tournament open to youth ages 5-15. More than just a tournament, the Cup creates space for connection between diverse groups of people in our community, uniting them through the game of soccer. All proceeds go to supporting Chattanooga Sports Ministries." We had the awesome opportunity to donate some official match balls for the event!
As part of a McCallie Automotive Club supply collection and delivery, we sent 92 new shirts and 36 soccer balls to children in Florida that had been impacted by Hurricane Irma. The gear traveled over eight hours to Tampa, Winter Haven, and the Keys in a trailer driven by the compassionate McCallie man pictured above!