We are happy to announce the Gustavus Adolphus Women's Soccer Program will be hosting its first annual "Kicking for the Cause" game on Wednesday, October 17th in conjunction with the team's non-conference match-up against Buena Vista at 4:00pm on the Gustie Soccer Field. The "Kicking for the Cause" game supports Yuwa, a non-profit organization that uses team sport to empower young women in rural India.
Upon entry, fans will have the opportunity to make a "suggested entry donation," along with purchase raffle tickets for a signed practice jersey to be raffled off at the end of regulation. The Gusties will also welcome the under-12 girls' team of the St. Peter Soccer Club, which is headed by Steve Carlson, as ball-girls and for an inter-squad scrimmage during halftime at the Gustie Soccer Field. After the game, starting at 6:30pm, there will be a gathering down at Patrick's on S 3rd Street with a silent auction and specials. All proceeds will benefit Yuwa.
"Yuwa brings girls out of isolation and into a positive team environment. Daily practice and a team platform give us access to large numbers of at-risk girls, and a girl with confidence can rewrite the script others have prepared for her." Yuwa is fighting to make a difference by breaking the negative cycle that has been created for the young women of India. "When a girl organizes or joins a Yuwa team, through positive peer pressure she becomes a more regular student—players elect team captains, who keep track of school attendance, and many girls attend daily study sessions at Yuwa Club. She pays attention to her own health and to the health of her teammates, and gets access to information about her body through weekly adolescent health classes with her teammates. She marries when she chooses—on Yuwa's first team, not a single girl has gotten married below the age of 18, even though several of their older sisters had been married off at age 15. She will raise a healthy family. The cycle continues." -yuwa-india.org