Involvement and engagement with your community leads to deeper levels of learning and personal growth. When you are meaningfully and responsibly engaged in these issues, you’ll meet people who can change your life. And you can make a difference in the lives of others.
RRSC 03s doing good work last weekend packaging up donations to Goodwill.
Players and parents from Rio 00G dropped off a donation of soccer equipment and clothes to IRRVA on Monday. The team had been collecting gear since the fall and were able to go by the Los Altos Christian Church (where IRRVA is based out of) and also spend some time mentoring and playing with some of the children in attendance. Future visits are planned to help distribute the equipment but also spend more time mentoring these wonderful children. (nearly 50 balls were dropped off with 16 pairs of cleats, goalie gloves, shin guards, soccer bags, pugg goals and dozens and dozens of pairs of shorts, socks and jerseys)
RRSC 07 Tigers and a few girls and their families attend the United Way’s Lend a Hand event today at the United Way of Central New Mexico’s offices. They learned about how the New Day organization helps kids experiencing homelessness and helped pack gift bags for them.
Thank you to all that participated in the Rio Rapids SC fund raising event. Rio Rapids SC donated $4,259.21 to the cause!
Fun fact was that Rio ranked 6th out of 423 donation teams throughout the ABQ area!
Community Service Project for the Blue Lions 05 and Blue Lions 03. Our teams partnered with IRRVA (Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque) to create a soccer scrimmage with their children. These are children from families that have come to America seeking a safe place to live. Most of them have come here from Mozambique, The Congo, and surrounding areas. Soccer is used as a reward for good studies because it is their favorite thing to do. We were told that these children are not really in need of food and clothing because they have government support in those areas but what they are in need of is fun because they just don’t get enough of it. Coach Vince Sanchez of the Blue Lions teams ran drills and warm ups with the kids and our players participated along side them. This proved challenging because of the language barrier but Coach handled it like a pro. They ended with a scrimmage of about 20 v 20! The celebrating when one team would score was priceless. I believe our players hearts were touched by these children. Some of the IIRVA boys and girls were great soccer players despite never having had training. We had two boys actually give their cleats to two of the IRRVA boys because they recognized their potential and wanted to be a blessing. It was an incredible day and we hope to do another one soon.
Saturday August 27, 2016 at Taylor Park in Albuquerque
Congrats to the Blue Lions 03 & 05 for sharing thier love of soccer with children who aren’t as fortunate!
U15 Rio Rapid Scorpions giving back to the community by cleaning up Arroyo Del Oso park.
On Saturday, February 6th, the girls from the U13 Valkyrie and U12 Shock, spent their evening serving dinner at the West Side Emergency Shelter. Each evening, during the winter months, between 200-300 homeless men, women and children are picked up from Albuquerque streets and bused to the Shelter; with support from their families, each participating player provided enough food to feed twenty-two individuals. The two teams, working together, successfully fed every guest at the shelter with plenty of leftovers being donated at the end of their evening.
Dash and Flash’s community service project this past Monday, December 21st at Roadrunner Food Bank.
The girls and their families worked very hard and were able to pack 700 lbs of cereal to feed 3,504 families!!! A great time was had by all and the girls enjoyed giving back to their communities during this holiday season.
Rio Lightning (U10G) Volunteered this weekend to support The Watermelon Mountain Ranch No Kill Animal Shelter. The Girls were tasked with asking for donations to support the Operations of the shelter. Due to winds the girls were only able to ask for donations for about 2 hours before they had to stop. In that time they raised over $200 which will help to feed, water, and help all the dogs. “T-Bone” pictured with the girls was adopted out to his new home on Sunday which is great!. The Girls also got to play with some puppies. WMR was extremely happy we came to help them for this event and are always looking for help during the large adoption events. It was our pleasure to assist them! If any RRSC Teams are looking for a place to do their Volunteer Time do not hesitate to consider WMR as an opportunity! Watermelon Mountain Ranch
Girls from Rio Atleticas U-13, helped employees from Indinopulos Law Firm pass out over 400 frozen turkeys to the homeless over the past weekend. The girls helped feed those that waited in line for hours and also prepare bags of donated food to go along with the turkeys.