PITTSBURGH - Soccer can be an expensive sport, and sometimes just getting to the field for games can be difficult for families.
That’s what makes a program here in Pittsburgh so beloved by so many.
“Our target is kids in an urban community, where they don’t have access to soccer,” said Lenny Muckle.
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Muckle, a former high school coach, gets a kick out of sharing his love of soccer with kids from all backgrounds.
Sixteen years ago, Muckle founded the local chapter of Ambassadors Football, an international non-profit that combines the fundamentals of soccer with biblical teachings.
“We are able, through our partners, to provide transportation and scholarships so that they can play soccer,” Muckle said. “Otherwise, I’m not sure what they would be doing.”
Seven of Lisa Graham’s eight children have gone to the camp.
“They’ve helped us out at times when we needed help,” Graham said.
Muckle said he drives two dozen African refugees recently settled in Pittsburgh. The Muckle family makes their lunches, too.
The coaches come from around the world.
“They have an unbelievable skill level when it comes to football, and it’s been a great joy for us to be here,” coach Keegan David said.
“We try to provide an environment that they feel safe in, and they feel that people care about them,” Muckle said.
“I’m very thankful they have this in Pittsburgh,” Graham said.
Ambassadors Football Pittsburgh has programs year round. CLICK HERE for more information.
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