Kicking4Hunger - A Soccer Camp With A Twist

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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!

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

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  • person 917Friday, February 1, 2019 at 12:44 pm
    this is very kind of them.
    • abiyThursday, January 25, 2018 at 6:17 pm
      it's addorable
      • THOMAS= AWSOMEThursday, March 9, 2017 at 7:37 am
        This is so good for the less lucky then way are way to not be selfish.
        • DavisMonday, May 23, 2016 at 12:14 pm
          I Wish If I Had A Real Life Soccer Camp Because You Can Do Them At Day And Night
          • Davis122 Friday, May 20, 2016 at 10:09 am
            The Soccer Camp Was Fun Because You Can Play Games When Anyone Gets The Soccer Ball
            • DavisFriday, May 20, 2016 at 9:42 am
              The Soccer Camp Was Fun Because People Play A Lot Of Soccer Camp
              • SwimclubSunday, November 15, 2015 at 10:41 am
                They made a really good choice to do this good job!!!!!!
                • Joey54365Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 8:41 am
                  I loved the song
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                    love2swimMonday, February 9, 2015 at 5:36 pm
                    cool!! awesome article!
                    • 0.oTuesday, January 13, 2015 at 5:16 am
                      Fantastic article!