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Marymount Donates Soccer Uniforms to African School

Monday, June 30, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. – Marymount University donated four full sets of team soccer jerseys to a secondary school in a Zimbabwe village through The Buy a Brick Foundation, a nonprofit based in Potomac Falls.
 
“It was like the World Cup for those kids,” said Gib Leonard, the foundation’s director. “They went crazy. Soccer is their life. When you talk about a kid who lives out in the bush, there’s very little for them to do outside school other than plant the seeds for maize, work the crops and play soccer.”
 
The gift to Vulindlela Secondary School came after Marymount President Matthew D. Shank met Leonard at a prayer breakfast.
 
“This is a great example of how we can serve others in a variety of ways,” Shank said. “It’s very heart-warming to see and hear how excited the kids were. I’m happy and proud that the entire university can get involved in serving others, especially those who are less fortunate.”
 
Head Women’s Soccer Coach Gayle Wilson arranged to have 104 jerseys, shorts, socks and several balls donated.
 
“This seemingly small gesture will have a huge impact on kids and makes my girls feel even more proud to put on their own Marymount jerseys,” Wilson said. “It reminds me of how fortunate I was growing up, and my players here at Marymount are, with the opportunities and resources we have to enjoy and embrace education and sports.”
 
Leonard said Georgetown University provided 30 soccer balls and George Washington University gave two sets of soccer uniforms.
 
The Buy a Brick Foundation is a faith-based organization that helps build or refurbish schools and teachers’ facilities, digs wells, builds outhouses and provides supplies and basic necessities such as shoes and soap to underserved communities in Zimbabwe. Its onsite volunteers donate their time and pay for their own travel. For more information, go to teamafrica.com.
 
CUTLINES:
Picture 1: Marymount University donated 104 soccer jerseys, shorts, socks and several balls to a secondary school in a Zimbabwe village through The Buy a Brick Foundation, a nonprofit based in Potomac Falls. (photo courtesy of Buy A Brick Foundation)
 
Picture 2: Students at Vulindlela Secondary School in rural Zimbabwe play soccer in jerseys donated by Marymount University. The school donated 104 jerseys, shorts, socks and several balls to the school through The Buy a Brick Foundation, a nonprofit based in Potomac Falls. (photo courtesy of Buy A Brick Foundation)
 
Picture 3:Students at Vulindlela Secondary School in rural Zimbabwe proudly wear Marymount University soccer jerseys. The university donated 104 jerseys, shorts, socks and several balls to the school through The Buy a Brick Foundation, a nonprofit based in Potomac Falls. (photo courtesy of Buy A Brick Foundation)