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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  • oliiaSunday, September 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm
    amazing
    • diemSunday, September 25, 2011 at 3:25 pm
      Touching...
      • diemSunday, September 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm
        I'm writing a report on that.
        • vaughniep123
          vaughniep123Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm
          really cool I love soccer
          • sweettart
            sweettartMonday, September 26, 2011 at 8:45 am
            I like soccer too.
          • sosoblue
            sosoblueSunday, September 25, 2011 at 9:42 am
            i know right? that is so cool! i wish that the world would be less selfish and be more giving.
            • vaughniep123
              vaughniep123Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm
              totally i agree
            • rosesrme
              rosesrmeSunday, September 25, 2011 at 8:43 am
              That is a great idea! More organizations should do this!
              • lala loopsysSunday, September 25, 2011 at 7:54 am
                that is so cool
                • lyssy
                  lyssySunday, September 25, 2011 at 7:38 am
                  That is amazing!!
                  • j5
                    j5Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 8:35 pm
                    wow
                    • lol ili lol ySaturday, September 24, 2011 at 2:35 pm
                      That's inspiring!

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