MG Soccer Reaches Across the World
Monona Grove High School Soccer spread its wings to Tanzania. This summer, the Monona Grove High School girls soccer coach, Erin Flesch and Monona Grove Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Jeff Schreiner were contacted by All We Are, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping others help themselves. A program within the organization, Kickin’ It Back, asked if Monona Grove High School would be willing to share any old soccer equipment. They provide gently used soccer equipment to children in Africa and South America with the goal of promoting soccer development in areas where equipment is not readily available or affordable. Equipment is collected in the United States, and they work with international organizations to deliver it to areas in need. It is their goal to provide children with greater opportunities for success by developing athletics alongside our other education projects.
The Monona Grove High School soccer program was able to donate some equipment by recycling some of their old uniforms. The uniforms were sent to a small village in Tanzania and equipped nearly 100 children, where a tournament was held with three teams. The children were extremely grateful to receive the new jerseys and shorts and even danced in celebration after seeing their generous gift.
Mr. Schreiner and Ms. Flesch received a letter of thanks from the Director of Kickin’ It Back, Stephen Perkins. Mr Perkins said “We owe you and Monona Grove Schools and huge thank you for everything you've donated. It truly brings the kids we work with a lot of happiness and the opportunity to achieve their goals in education and athletics, and we wouldn't be able to provide this service without your help.”
Thank you to the Monona Grove High School Soccer program for sharing such a generous gift with those less fortunate.