Kicking4Hunger - A Soccer Camp With A Twist

By Meera Dolasia on September 23, 2011

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The soccer camps and clinics organized by North Carolina based Kicking4Hunger (K4H) are similar to any other camp except, when it comes to registering for a spot. Instead of asking for cash, attendees are asked to come to camp with one can of food for each day they attend!

That's because unlike other camps, its organizers are not doing this for money, but because they want every child to have the opportunity to learn the game and if possible, help their community in the fight against hunger. And, it gets better - K4H was not founded by a rich philanthropist trying to give back, but high school student, Gabriel Whaley.

It all began as a summer project in 2006. Gabriel, then a high-school junior in Jacksonville, N. Carolina was looking for a way to pass his time and decided to organize a soccer camp. Wanting to include as many young kids as he could, he elected not to charge them, but instead asked them to bring some non-perishable food - If, they could.

The three-day camp session, which attracted over 80 kids was so successful and received so much support from the local community, that Gabriel had no choice but to keep it going - And, K4H was born.

Today, the summer sessions, which last for 3-days each and the one-day clinics (during the school year) have become family affairs - Run by the now 20-year old Gabriel and his younger brother Gideon. However, while things are going extremely well, the brothers are not satisfied - By 2013 they want to try get volunteers to organize K4H camps all over North Carolina. The following year, they want to expand it nationally and then in 2014 - globally! What a great idea! To read more about K4H and see how you can help, check out www.kicking4hunger.org.

Resources:kicking4hunger.com,charlotteobserver.com,hungerinthehomeland.blogspot.com

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  • vaughniep123
    vaughniep1239/25/2011
    really cool I love soccer
    • sweettart
      sweettart9/26/2011
      I like soccer too.
    • sosoblue
      sosoblue9/25/2011
      i know right? that is so cool! i wish that the world would be less selfish and be more giving.
    • rosesrme
      rosesrme9/25/2011
      That is a great idea! More organizations should do this!
      • lala loopsys9/25/2011
        that is so cool
        • lyssy
          lyssy9/25/2011
          That is amazing!!
          • j5
            j59/24/2011
            wow
            • lol ili lol y9/24/2011
              That's inspiring!
              • coolio
                coolio9/24/2011
                laserxisoleucine how could u take my place as 1st??? I just cried!
                • Mk Hubb9/24/2011
                  #SoKool! I luv Soccer! But this is just pure brilliance! Nice work.
                  • AJ9/24/2011
                    I <3 soccer too!!!!!!!!!!!!

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