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    SWS Soccer Program Gets a Mini Van!
    Posted on 04/03/2019
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    SWS Soccer Gets a New Van!On Friday, March 15th, staff from the Seattle World School and Soccer Without Borders hosted Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles for a campus visit.  Earlier this school year, Ms. Kohl-Welles helped to secure the donation of a minivan for our Soccer Without Borders' program at Seattle World School via the King County Van Giveaway Program.

    Seattle World School is uniquely designed to support youth who are new to the city, learning English and navigating the SPS school system for the first time.  One of the school's many community partners is Soccer Without Borders a non-profit that runs soccer and educational programming for newcomer immigrant, and refugee youth.  The program uses a team-based model centered on building bridges across cultures, language barriers and ethnicities by amplifying what students have in common on and off the field.  Through this partnership, three soccer teams for Seattle World School students are up and running providing soccer practices, soccer games, educational support, team building and mentorship.

    The recent van donation increases student access to this programming, in particular making transport home after practices sessions safer for female participants and brand new SWS students who aren't yet familiar with public transport.  This opens the door for some students to participate in the program who could not before.  Additionally the van is used to provide transportation for weekend games and field trips.  Already the van has transported members of the middle school team to a December tournament and members of all three teams (middle school, high school girls and high school boys) on a snowshoe trip to Snoqualmie Pass during mid-winter break.