Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College women's soccer team will host a charity 5-on-5 soccer tournament on Saturday, April 13 at 3 p.m. on the Trinity women's soccer field. The goal of the second annual event is to raise money and awareness for AMANDLA and CTC Ten, two foundations that have partnered to provide organized education through sport programs for youth in disadvantaged communities. Through life skills training, leadership programs, and community empowerment, they have sought to create a safe space for children and adults in the Khayelitsha community.
During the spring of their junior year, two Trinity College women's soccer players had the privilege of spending a semester in Cape Town, South Africa. Current Bantam women's soccer and women's basketball graduate assistant coach Leigh Howard '12 and teammate Courtney DeVinney '12 spent their semester volunteering at AMANDLA in an extremely impoverished township called Khayelitsha. Trinity College has formed a lasting relationship with AMANDLA and CTC Ten. Several Trinity students have studied in Cape Town and worked for AMANDLA in the last couple of years including Trinity women's soccer player and women's squash All-American Catalina Pelaez.
Last year, our first annual charity soccer tournament was a great success for both the organizers and the participants!," said Howard. " We raised enough money to hand over a significant donation to the program and our participants had a blast! We have since then donated all of our old uniforms and apparel to be used by the children in Khayelitsha. Please join us in our efforts to once again raise money and awareness for this amazing organization by playing in the tournament on April 13th! Spread the word and invite all your friends!"
Teams in the tournamment can have up to seven players with a mandatory registration fee of $5 per player, and additional donations are welcome. Registration is required BEFORE the event, and there will be a sign-up table outside of Mather leading up to the event. All proceeds go to the AMANDLA and CTC Ten Foundations.
Learn more about Howard and DeVinny's experience in Khayelitsha and the AMANDLA Foundation below: