We humbly ask for your help lifting up and supporting a group of young female athletes, most of whom are of color, living in Tacoma's south and eastside communities. These girls have defied all odds. Youth soccer has become a pay-to-play world, where those with money are invited to the top clubs and it is there that they receive the recognition they need to advance their careers and earn scholarships. Unfortunately, the athletes who cannot afford those programs either don't try or are overlooked for someone who can pay.
As Doug Andreassen, the chairman of US Soccer’s diversity task force, explained, he sees "well-to-do families spending thousands of dollars a year on soccer clubs that propel their children to the sport’s highest levels, while thousands of gifted athletes in mostly African American and Latino neighborhoods get left behind." Anderassen "worries about this inequity. Soccer is the world’s great democratic game, whose best stars have come from the world’s slums, ghettos and favelas. And yet in the US the path to the top is often determined by how many zeroes a parent can write in their checkbook." (It's only working for the white kids': American soccer's diversity problem. The Guardian, 2016.) For this reason, youth from underserved communities are almost always left out of the equation.
Our club is different. At South Tacoma United, our highly talented coaches volunteer their time and energy to keep our rates affordable. We are a 501 (c)(3) who works hard to fundraise throughout the year, believing that every child should have the opportunity to play the game of soccer, regardless of ability to pay. However, the more people we help, the tougher it can be to cover our expenses.
Our 2008 girls’ team, known as Evolution, has talent that is unmatched by other local teams. These girls, many of whom have played together since age five, recently won a state championship. They fought for the regional title just this last weekend and again proved their worth by beating out teams from across the western United States. Their next stop, should they be able to afford it? The national championship! Evolution has been invited to compete in Colorado in mid-July to fight for a national title. That is no easy feat, even for the pay-to-play clubs, and something most kids could only dream of achieving. These girls have all the talent in the world but require the support of their community to make this dream a reality.
Please consider donating to our team to make this dream possible for these 16 young ladies, who have worked so hard to get this far. Many of these athletes and/or their families have never left the state let alone flown on an airplane, and they have an opportunity to go represent their community, their state, and their region at a national championship. It is really pretty remarkable and we’d love for you to be a part of the journey!
All funds raised will be used for:
-Travel-related expenses for Evolution players and coach (airfare, hotels, transportation, food)
-Player equipment and gear
-Any additional costs accrued as a result of the national tournament
South Tacoma United is a 501 (c) (3) organization. Donors to our Club are able to deduct contributions under Internal Revenue Code Section 170.
EIN: 47-4267310 | Tacoma, WA, United States