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Kick it Forward was founded in June, 2012 by Matt Sahag as a way to provide training to youth soccer players that wanted to improve their soccer skills while also impacting the lives of others in a positive way. The inaugural group consisted of nineteen, eleven and twelve year old players from the Johnston area. During that first summer, the players participated in fifteen training sessions where they improved themselves as soccer players. Off the field, the players engaged in fundraising efforts and successfully raised $6,500. Since that time, over 70 youth soccer players from Des Moines and surrounding areas have participated in the Kick It Forward philanthropic training program. The money raised by these young athletes has helped others in their own communities, in their country and around the world.
"KICK"ING IT FORWARD
To date, this is a compilation of ways Kick It Forward participants have impacted others:
* Donated to the James Arthur Albert Foundation to send 12 kids to high school in Belize.
* Donated to the Iowa Central American Relief Effort to support its cancer prevention project in Nicaragua. The project educates impoverished women on the dangers of various cancers affecting women, by obtaining cancer screening for those women, and by fighting to get them adequate and timely health care when necessary.
* Donated to the Johnston Urbandale Soccer Club (JUSC) to bring a nationally renowned youth soccer instructor named Dr. Tom Turner, to Johnston, IA for the benefit of JUSC’s players and coaches. While in Iowa, Dr. Turner educated youth soccer coaches in classroom and practical coaching sessions. He also coached the club’s academy teams during training sessions.
* Rented facilities for approximately 50 youth soccer players to participate in training sessions and a 4 vs. 4 tournament after their games and training sessions had been canceled due to poor field and weather conditions in March, 2014.
* Partnered with Des Moines Parks and Recreation to to provide free soccer clinics to Des Moines youth through the City's summer food service program at Crivaro and Evelyn Davis Park. Kick it Forward staffed the clinics with its own high school participants and professional coaches.
* Collaborated with private donors on a project to outfit the North High School Girls Soccer Team with approximately $6,000.00 of new uniforms, warm-ups, training apparel, and soccer equipment including portable goals, cones, discs & coaching poles, etc. Prior to the donation, most players were required to share equipment, including shin guards, with other players.
* Made the holiday wishes of five Des Moines families come true. KIF participants shopped for gifts, wrapped and delivered gifts to families needing assistance. Not only were gifts for each family member purchased, but also basic needs - pots and pans, bath towels, beds and bedding.
* Provided new training gear and apparel for a high school soccer player whose family lost everything due to a house fire.