Starting Wednesday, August 8th, former women's soccer midfielder Nora Dooley('12CC) will begin her year long service with the Grassroots Soccer Program in South Africa. The Grassroots Soccer Program is a non-profit organization that uses the power of soccer to stop the spread of HIV by empowering boys and girls in Africa to make life-saving decisions. By World Cup 2014, their goal is to educate 1 million young people about how to live AIDS-free, healthy, productive lives.
"I believe in this sport, I believe in soccer, and I believe in this organization. I guarantee that I will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to make a difference. It's time to translate a lifetime of soccer experience onto the world stage of sport development, and I could not be more prepared or excited."
Dooley will be responsible for assisting in the planning and implementation of youth-targeted HIV prevention education programs, networking with community organizations to develop relationships and to promote GRS programs and services, planning and coordinating community events such as Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) soccer tournaments, assisting with program monitoring and evaluation, recruiting community-based volunteers, and assisting in curriculum and business development.
Another integral part of her duties this year is to raise a minumum of $10,000. The funds will directly support the work in South Africa and help continue the amazing gift this program provides.
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