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Men’s Soccer Nets Goal with Fundraiser for Youth in Developing Countries

Men's soccer team jump during warmups.
The Emerson men’s soccer team wore Grassroot Soccer t-shirts before a charity game to benefit the organization on October 15. (Photo by Kayla Buck ’23)

The Emerson men’s soccer team recently raised thousands of dollars for an organization that uses the sport to educate, inspire and mobilize at-risk youth.

Men's soccer team kneels during warmups
Co-captain Bo Feekins, foreground, led the team’s fundraising efforts. (Photo by Kayla Buck ’23)

The fundraiser for Grassroot Soccer culminated in a charity game against Clark University on October 15 that the Lions won, 1-0. Grassroot Soccer is an international organization that helps youth in developing countries live healthier, more productive lives, and foster positive change in their communities.

The fundraiser came as a result of three committees created by the team last semester for fundraising, recruiting, and community purpose.

Co-captain Bo Feekins led the community purpose committee, sponsor of the Grassroot Soccer fundraiser, which netted more than $7,500 through an online donation page. Donors included current students, alumni, family, and friends.

“Overall, I felt that this fundraising campaign was the embodiment of what it means to be a part of the Emerson men’s soccer team,” said Feekins. “We partnered with an organization that leverages the power of soccer, the game that we love.”

Jorah Delbanco dribbles past a defender
Jorah Delbanco ’25 dribbles past a defender. (Photo by Kayla Buck ’23)

The team utilized its social media channels to amplify the fundraiser, which will help send 250 at-risk youth to Grassroot Soccer health education programs.

“We couldn’t be prouder of the leadership, initiative, and creativity our student athletes displayed to drive this fundraising campaign,” said men’s soccer head coach Dan Toulson. “This magnificent effort… speaks volumes about the character and willingness of our student-athletes to play for a cause that is bigger than themselves.”

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