Soccer Kids of America Washes Cars

with the Pros to Raise Money

Soccer Kids of America, a Raleigh based non-profit organization that brings soccer to at-risk schools nationwide, washed cars at a Chick-Fil-A in Raleigh, North Carolina with Yael Averbuch of the Sky Blue Football Club, and Mark Schulte of the Carolina Railhawks.    

Raleigh, North Carolina, November 14, 2009 – On October 17, 2009, Yael Averbuch, midfielder for the professional Sky Blue Football Club and former star of the University of North Carolina women’s soccer team, played a different team role. Holding a sign that read “Car Wash” on the corner of a busy intersection in unseasonably cold weather, Averbuch did her part in recruiting donations for an organization she passionately supports -- Soccer Kids of America.

Soccer Kids of America is a non-profit organization that teaches children life skills and healthy lifestyle, including respect, integrity, teamwork, perseverance, diversity, and sportsmanship, all through the medium of soccer. The program focuses on at-risk communities and consists of one-hour sessions during after-school hours once a week for seven weeks.

“I really enjoyed myself on Saturday. I feel very strongly about the cause that SKA is involved in, so I really enjoyed trying to promote this to people and getting them interested in donating,” said Averbuch.

Erin Johnson, Founder and President of SKA, developed the idea for the car wash fundraiser in order to promote awareness in the community. Kristin Cain, an intern from that attends NCSU, secured a highly visible spot for the event outside of a Chick-Fil-A restaurant on the busy intersection of Capital Boulevard and Millbrook Avenue near a shopping center in North Raleigh.

Johnson also created an “online carwash” that allowed people to donate even if they were unable to attend the event in person. She used social networking sites to advertise, such as LinkedIn and Facebook.

“The car wash was a great opportunity to bring together the community and our local professional atheletes to raise money for a great cause.  Yael and Mark brought great visability to the fundraiser car wash and the local CASL players that stoped by were really excited to meet them,” said Johnson.

While their car was washed, customers could juggle a soccer ball and talk with captain and defender Mark Schulte of the Carolina Railhawks professional soccer team. He gave away special autographed cards to customers who donated to the cause.

“I was happy to be involved in an event to support an organization that uses my favorite sport to teach kids about things that are a lot bigger than sport,” said Schulte.

As Soccer Kids of America expands nation-wide, Johnson foresees fundraising efforts growing substantially. However, she believes the car wash, being the first fundraiser for SKA, was a clear success that showed the enthusiasm and hard-work from volunteers.

“Without the support of my friends and family the car wash would not have been possible.  I am very fortunate to have so many support me in this endeavor to make a difference in the world,” said Johnson.

Averbuch also commented on the dedication of the people involved in SKA and how they made the fundraiser a success. “I was so impressed by the commitment of the people who run and volunteer for SKA. Not only were they out there for hours in the cold washing cars, but they were enjoying spending time together and working for a great cause.”

The Soccer Kids of America pilot program is sponsored by Soccer.com, Hosted Solutions, Carolina Railhawks, and Preation. Please visit www.soccerkidsofamerica.org for more information about the program and volunteering.

 

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