In September, we pulled off our most ambitious project to date, by hosting a soccer tournament comprising of 25 kids from orphanages, a refugee facility and a special school. The kids were split randomly into one of five teams – with the feature of each team being captained by a professional football player from the German Bundesliga.
The tournament matches were hotly contested and we were treated with a wonderful display of silky soccer moves and good sportsmanship. Our goal was simply to create a special day full of fun and friendship.
At the end of the tournament, we handed each kid a little trophy and a bag of sweets for taking part in the soccer tournament. We then spontaneously organised a match of all the kids against the adults. It was fun and chaotic :). The kids found very creative ways to block the adults from being able to pass to one another (e.g. by jumping on their backs) and went on to win the match!
One of the highlights of the day was the raffle, showing two main prizes and lots of small football memorabilia – at least that was the impression we wanted to create :). The anticipation had been building all day to see who the lucky winner would be. They kids were thrilled to find out that they all got to win a special prize (soccer ball or player’s jersey from one of our professionals) and get them autographed by the professional football players. They were jumping for joy and when home with broad smiles on their faces.
May I join for the next tournament? And may I please keep the Bringing Smiles Team Shirt?
– Questions from many of the kids
By all accounts, the afternoon was a great success. The kids enjoyed a beautiful, fun-filled afternoon of soccer, delicious food and being the stars of the day. There were plenty of smiles all round :). We all left the soccer field, in one way or another as winners…
We would like to thank all our helping hands and supporters, please click here to see our “big“ heroes of the day.
Special thanks to our heros for supporting the inaugural BringingSmiles Soccer Cup:
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