Blogs

How We Represent

I like this image because it shows Meddy Katende, 3 year RUFC volunteer who is a health professional based in Kampala, leading an exercise with teens while USC student Ashley Millhouse looks on learning not leading. I’ve learned to be very careful with the language I use to explain why I do what I do. I stress social justice, not […]

Who’s Stressed?

RUFC team members survey participants during #RUFCCamp17 Our data suggests that the youth in Oyam are happy and self confident. Me visiting Stanford – a dream school for many American teens. ​This month, RUFC team member Simone St. Claire compiled all the data collected by our team during last summer’s camp and prepared our final report. The results will continue […]

Giving Thanks

We saw many different types of tents used by people fleeing their homes. Some look just like the ones we use to go camping – they were likely purchased by the owners at a time when they too thought they would be using the tent for recreation. My brother, Ian, being measured for malnutrition. He clearly has had plenty to […]

In recognition of recognition

The awesome winners packet. I was deeply moved by the words ‘extraordinary service to people and our plant’ This is from my local newspaper. It’s an example of how we are using the award to raise awareness about our work. My work is not usually so glamorous or reaffirming – here I am at a local restaurant this month raising […]

WhatsApp Love from Bluetooth

Bluetooth and I hanging out at camp together Bluetooth pumping up the campers Bluetooth and group enjoying their homestay meal Bluetooth taking blood pressure during our medical outreach day Bluetooth and other members of our incredible team! Thought I would share a text the #RUFCCamp17 WhatsApp group got this morning from Kennedy ‘Bluetooth’ Yesigome. Kennedy has volunteered for RUFC camps 2 […]

The Pearl of Africa by Louella Gonzalez

Members of the #RUFCamp17 team including Louella Louella participating in the RUFC Medical Outreach Day that reached over 300 people. Louella and other USC students with members of their home stay host family. ​Winston Churchill’s Pearl of Africa is lush and breath-taking.  The people are beautiful, gracious, and very warm. And in spite of bearing the scars of the atrocities […]

The Myth of ‘Africa’

Meeting with our partners at Reecontro Soccer is played on red sand pitches Meeting with our partners at Favela United Walking along Costa do Sol in Maputo Africa is a big place. It contains 54 countries and spans 11.73 million square miles. Describing “Africa” is impossible because each country is so incredibly unique. Even within countries, diverse culture, traditions, languages, […]

A Few Good Men (and Women)

In my happy place Evan Pye sacrificing dryness to deliver camp Girls enjoying their time on the field with the Football for Good coaches Thanks to Albion San Diego we were able to outfit 24 school teams with uniform sets Top female goalie of the week Our amazing team After a whole year of fundraising (over $40,000 raised just for […]

Football for Good

#RUFCCamp17 activites focus on healthy diets, infectious disease, risky behaviors and more! #RUFCCamp17 volunteers packing up for the trip to #Uganda! Infectious disease activity showing how rabies spreads. Last week I attended an event held by Street Football World at the UCLA Anderson School of Business concerning the use of soccer for good and all the organizations rallying around the […]

The Role of Joy

One month from today, Ray United’s 3rd annual soccer camp will begin. This has gotten me thinking about what our camps bring to the table that make them so impactful and meaningful for all those involved. I have come to the conclusion that it is the sense of joy and unity the permeates through the whole experience that make our […]