Grassroot Soccer (GRS) uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and empower young people in to stop the spread of HIV. We want to raise $1500 to fund 50 youth for a week-long holiday camp incorporating HIV education & testing with soccer.
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We are raising $1500 to provide HIV education, through soccer, to young people in sub-Saharan Africa during a weeklong holiday camp. During a GRS holiday camp, students learn how to protect themselves from HIV, how to support a friend or family member with HIV, and receive access to free HIV counseling and testing, all in a fun environment where they can enjoy the sport of soccer and learn from role models. Please support our efforts by donating in one of the symbolic amounts below:
These camps are part of our overall year of programming during which we will reach tens of thousands of youth throughout Africa. Beyond just donating, supporters can promote our #iamafootballer campaign by sharing on social media what makes them a footballer - being a role model, supporting young people, being passionate about the game, etc. - and using the hashtag.
With 2.1 million new infections each year, HIV remains one of the world’s most serious challenges. Only 30% of young people know the facts about HIV, 1 of every 3 new HIV infections are in young people ages 15-24, and young women in sub-Saharan Africa have rates of new infections up to 4 times higher than young men. AIDS has dramatically decreased life expectancy throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and fewer than half of individuals with HIV know their status. When school is out of session, young people are particularly vulnerable to risky behaviors.
Only 30% of young people know the facts about HIV, 1 of every 3 new HIV infections are in young people ages 15-24
Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is a non-profit organization that uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and empower young people to stop the spread of HIV. Founded by four professional soccer players, GRS is mobilizing the most vulnerable population of youth, ages 12-19, to break the cycle of AIDS by engaging local coaches who equip young people with the knowledge, skills and support they need to avoid HIV. GRS has a global reach, with a focus in sub-Saharan Africa.
To date, GRS has reached over 700,000 young people. Our impact includes a 288% improvement in the rate of HIV testing among the girls we work with and an HIV testing rate 2x the national average in some of our locations. GRS has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator four years in a row, is a 2013 and 2014 recipient of the Great Nonprofits Award, and received the 2013 Impumelelo Social Innovation Platinum Award.
Soccer stars are the most powerful role models for young people today…so it’s fantastic that organizations like Grassroot Soccer are harnessing that power to educate young people about HIV.