Soccer Lends Houston Community a Helping Hand

    Tessa Maffett teaches a young girl from the Nehamiah Center about soccer
    Tessa Maffett teaches a young girl from the Nehamiah Center about soccer
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    April 16, 2013

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    HOUSTON– Over a three day span, University of Houston soccer student-athletes spent time giving back to the Houston community by participating in Generation One and at the Nehamiah Sports Day.

    For two days, several student-athletes spent time with Generation One, a local trans-denominational ministry, by working with PE classes during their soccer units. The student-athletes demonstrated their skills, encouraged students from kindergarten through 5th grade, talked about the importance of being fit and discussed their own journey with fitness.

    On Friday, the Cougars spent the first part of their day paired up with student-athletes from the Rice Women’s Basketball team at the Nehamiah Sports Day, where they demonstrated soccer and basketball skills to 24 Nehamiah Center girls.

    "There was a special something in the air," Sandy Frick, a Nehamiah Center volunteer, said. "I have never seen a group of college women develop such a closeness to our girls in such a short time.”

    “When 5:45 p.m. rolled around and the bus was waiting to take the girls back to the Center, I saw the most amazing thing,” Frick continued. “The student-athletes and the Nehamiah girls were hugging and not wanting to stop. This experience will be remembered by all three groups for a long time."

    ABOUT GENERATION ONE
    Generation One is committed to making sure that the next generation "Knows What Their Potential Is and Believes That They Can Achieve It!" To ensure this becomes a reality, have set up an after-school tutoring program as well as a mentoring program. We also use sports teams, counseling, professional tutoring, Bible studies, life skills classes and more to reach the next Generation. On the macro level their focus is to improve the overall quality of life for residents in the Third Ward. Generation One’s goal is to tear down dilapidated homes and abandoned buildings while rehabilitating existing homes.

    For more information on Generation One and how fans can help, visit http://www.generationone.net.

    ABOUT THE NEHAMIAH CENTER
    The Nehamiah Center’s mission is to create a safe haven in which children are motivated, inspired and equipped to realize their God-given potential. The success of the Center’s programs is not only a reflection of its growth but also in the lives that it has enriched.

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