Legacy of Grace
Soccer players some eight thousand miles away will receive a gift of a lifetime, thanks to a generous donation of gently used soccer gear from Gaston United Soccer Club and the Carolina Rapids.
“Having this opportunity to donate uniforms to kids who need is the ultimate,” said Jonas Richardson, Gaston United Soccer Club’s executive director. “Having a meaningful presence in the community is one of our main pillars, and this gesture, we know, will make a difference in these young kids’ lives.”
Legacy of Grace, a foundation committed to providing education and developmental tools to young kids in the Zulu village of Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, will be the recipient of the gear.“The uniforms will support the U15 Sisonke FC team in the Zulu Village, near the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa,” said Cheryl Grace, Legacy of Grace founder. “All the young boys love the game of football and although they play in an organized league, they do not have the resources and uniforms to compete.”
“Your donations will help young boys who love the game of soccer to compete; but more importantly, the discipline, leadership and fitness are the greatest life lessons that they will learn,” continued Grace. “Although half a world away, these young South African boys are no different than our [players], so this gift is immeasurable."
In partnership with the Carolina Rapids, both Charlotte area clubs pooled their resources to collect uniforms, T-shirts and soccer cleats.
Added Wes Knight, Head Coach for the Carolina Rapids Development Academy: “Teaming with Legacy of Grace, we have found a way to extend our impact to the lives of these kids. We hope to bring a smile to their faces and help give them access to the game of soccer, which as we all know, changes lives.”