Mariya Goodbrake from Master’s Transportation has been active in building and developing a youth refugee soccer team with the goal of integrating youth and their families into our local community. One of the ways Master’s Transportation is giving back to the community is their continued support to the refugee community.
“Some of the kids on the team have only been in the USA for a few months. The rest have been here for 1 or 2 years, so they are all still fresh in the country. The first 1-3 years for immigrants is critical to their social integration into their new host culture, however most people rarely engage with the refugee communities. This soccer program is merely a conduit for something much deeper and more long term”, shared Mariya Goobrake.
The team has grown from 12 kids in 2014 to 70 kids (35 kids for the regular season and 35 additional kids for the tournament) this year.
“We see it as 70 kids, but in actuality, it is 70 families we get to engage with”, continued Goodbrake. In addition to assisting with transportation to and from practice and games, they are also lining up guest coaches, soccer players and additional partnerships with two primary goals in mind. “Considering that many of these kids have arrived from conflict and/or war regions of the world, it is important to not only grow their soccer skills but to also assist with their personal and social development”, added Goodbrake.
The Infiniti U14 team is pictured below.