St Pete Raiders Supports Youth Soccer in El Salvador
St Pete Raiders is pleased to announce a new initiative in support of community youth soccer in
La Libertad, El Salvador. Spearheaded by our Academy Director Pablo Salamanca, St Pete
Raiders will partner with the Playa El Zonte boys soccer team, with one simple goal in mind:
help kids and coaches in La Libertad foster their love of Futbol by providing the basic equipment
they need to get out and play the game. Coach Salamanca, who originally hails from El
Salvador, travels regularly to the region, and sees first-hand the ongoing need among soccer
clubs at the community level. He maintains strong ties with many Salvadoran youth coaches
working to build programming in the area, and is keen to support community programs wherever
possible. St Pete Raiders is proud to promote this initiative and we hope to see many in the Raiders families join in supporting our efforts.
SCORE Sports has generously donated 20 full game uniforms for the team to use for game play but we will be working to collect additional new or gently used cleats, shorts and jerseys, socks and shin guards, in addition to cones and soccer vests. In particular, we are looking for items to complete kits for 15 players (boys, ages 6-12) and two coaches. We are aiming to provide 10 Youth Medium uniforms, 5 Youth Large and 2 extra Adult Small, and cleats in the following youth sizes: 5, 6, 7 and 8. We are also hoping we can provide the team some soccer equipment, such as: cones, vests, GK gloves and speed & agility equipment.
Where can I drop off equipment?
We will set up a drop box at the clubhouse accessible during normal training hours (5:00 – 9:00pm). We will be making our final collection the week of tryouts (May 3rd – May 6th)
Feel free to also contact Coach Pablo at (240)398-0828 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for pick-up of items.
Opportunities for community sponsorship:
If you are a local business owner and are interested in the possibility of partnering with St Pete Raiders soccer club on this initiative, please contact Coach Pablo at (240)398-0828 or email@example.com.
Can I donate cash? Yes - cash donations will ensure our club is able to provide complete,
properly sized uniform kits and cleats to all players. Donations will also help off-set any cargo fees associated with shipping the gear to El Salvador.
Coach Pablo will be making a trip to La Libertad, El Salvador at the end of May, 2021, to personally deliver all items to the team and run a couple of sessions with coaches and players.
Feel free to reach out to him if you have any questions. 240-398-0828 or Pabsalamanca@gmail.com