Help the Soccer Coalition Against Racism Help Elsie, Cailyn, and Dino Continue Playing Soccer
Trey Brown and Quinn Washington are the head soccer coaches at Ribault High School (Jacksonville, Florida) who are dedicating their time to serve a much-needed mission -- allowing children to access weekly no-pay soccer opportunities, opening the door for them to succeed on the field while teaching them sportsmanship and life/survival skills that they need off the field.
Coaches Trey and Quinn are founding members of a very special program of Coastal Kicks Soccer -- the Soccer Coalition Against Racism (SCAR). SCAR's mission is to help minority communities secure the equality of rights and opportunities necessary to eliminate systematic racism, classism, and gender-based discrimination using soccer as a platform. SCAR delivers equal access to the sport by eliminating the pay-to-play structure that soccer clubs across the country adhere to and is commonly identified as one of the main reasons the USA Men’s Team lags behind the rest of the world. The sport of soccer is worldwide and multicultural, providing a perfect platform to instill our anti-discrimination values within our local community.
Elsie is age 5 and was receiving weekly soccer instruction at her preschool until the Coronavirus shut down. Her new elementary school does not offer soccer programs, but through SCAR, Elsie is able to play soccer near her home.
Cailyn plays in the 5-7 age group and fell in love over the fall with soccer, which gave her a boost in confidence and the courage to shave half of her head to try a new hairstyle. She was thrilled to discover that girls can play sports and has been practicing her skills at home to be ready for our winter season.
Dino participates in the oldest age group sessions and is on the soccer team at Ribault HS. He loves seeing how happy the other kids are when they are participating with the coaches. "Soccer has improved my life a lot, especially coming from a high crime area. I had to find something that keeps me out of danger where I can express myself without getting into trouble."
The Soccer Coalition Against Racism depends entirely on community support, volunteers, and donations to deliver free soccer opportunities and anti-discrimination activities within communities that are most in need. SCAR has brought together families from the Northside of Jacksonville this fall to enjoy the sport of soccer. Together with your support, we can expand our services to other neighborhoods and level the playing field by giving them the guidance, mentorship, and volunteer opportunities they need to succeed on and off the field.