MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - When the Wesleyan University men's soccer team takes the field on Sunday, October 2nd against Trinity College, it will be doing so in support of the charity, Grassroot Soccer. The game is slated to start at 1 p.m.
Head Coach Geoff Wheeler has a strong connection with the organization. The CEO and founder, Tommy Clarke, was a teammate of Wheeler's on the men's soccer team at Dartmouth College. Wheeler, who graduated a year after Clarke in 1993, has been associated with the organization for years and has hosted many 3-vs-3 small-sided soccer tournaments to support the cause.
Wheeler believes strongly in the Grassroot mission, saying the biggest reason for his support is that it "combines the power of soccer with the education of HIV/AIDS."
Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is an international adolescent health organization that educates, inspires and mobilizes young people to overcome their greatest health challenges and live healthier, more productive lives. GRS uses the power of soccer to connect young people with the mentors, information and health services they need to thrive, and empower adolescents to make educated choices about pressing health challenges such as HIV & AIDS, sexual health, gender-based violence and malaria.
Their evidence-based programs, led by trained local Caring Coaches, incorporate soccer into dynamic lessons about health and wellness that engage young people and break down cultural barriers. With proven results and a constant focus on research and innovation, GRS has reached more than 1.5 million young people in 50 countries with health education.
For more information, visit grassrootsoccer.org