Global FC and Finesse Soccer to conduct girls’ soccer camp for refugee youth in Historic North East community

Soccer camp to build leadership for girls often restricted from sports

KANSAS CITY – Global FC and Finesse Soccer are hosting a soccer camp exclusively for underprivileged refugee youth girls in Kansas City’s North East community from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the Police Athletic League fields (1801 White Ave., Kansas City, Mo.).

The goal of the camp is to use soccer as a vehicle for health, wellness, mentorship and building relationships for girls often restricted from participating in extracurricular actives because of financial, social, cultural and religious obstacles. Around 50 families have RSVP’d for the camp, but more are expected to participate in the event being run by two of the top soccer organizations in Kansas City.

“For many youth in the North East Kansas City community, there are barriers to exposing them to sports or any developmental programing outside of their schools,” said Global FC founder Mariya D. Goodbrake. “For girls, this is especially true. There is a great need and an opportunity to engage these young women who lack exposure to activities and positive influences outside of their home and school. We hope to use soccer as a way to empower these girls to pursue their greatest potential.”

Girls attending the camp will go through 90 minutes of ball control drills, technical skills sessions and scrimmages followed by an inspirational talk from Finesse Soccer founder Carrie Robinson.

Founded in 2013, Global FC invests in the lives of refugee and migrant communities, supporting and celebrating their diversity with purpose. Dedicated to discovering and unleashing the value such communities bring to our nation, Global FC serves as a conduit for youth development, family empowerment and community transformation. Global FC has a strong youth boy’s program, but the camp also hopes to serve as an opportunity to create a girl’s program. Finesse Soccer was created in 2010 and is a group of players-turned-trainers that share their love for the game with the next generation of young female soccer players and is the only female run training program in Kansas City.

Media interested in attending the camp or for more information about Global FC or Finesse Soccer should contact Mariya D. Goodbrake (816-456-1528) or Carrie Robinson (913-777-9255).