Girls from Mulago and Buguyere Deaf schools compete in the 2017 Promoting Play Tournament

Girls from Mulago and Buguyere Deaf schools compete in the 2017 Promoting Play Tournament

In the Fall of 2017, Downtown United Soccer Club donated more than a hundred new uniforms from its recreational program to African children in need. The uniforms went to the Ugandan-based organization Growing the Game for Girls (G3) through DUSC's Sarah Dwyer-Shick and The Sports Bra Project. Lisa Berg, American based Cofounder of G3, delivered the DUSC uniforms and Sports Bras provided by The Sports Bra Project to the organization’s Promoting Play Tournament & Symposium held in Uganda in October.

G3 partnered with three local schools for the deaf in Kampala, Uganda to bring together students to play soccer. G3 committed to training their teachers in coaching soccer. G3 also worked with the schools to sensitize community members to the ability of kids with disabilities to participate in sports. The schools received soccer balls, cones, bibs, sports bras and new uniforms for their girls’ teams from Downtown United Soccer Club, The Sports Bra Project, Woodbury Soccer Club and One World Soccer Balls.

After visits to each school, G3 held a tournament for the girls and a symposium for parents, community members. Over 120 girls age 8–18 competed in a new sport in their new uniforms. The impact continues to grow and G3 continues to work with coaches and find ways to promote play for all girls, no matter what barriers they face.

Growing the Game for Girls (G3) was established in 2010 by Berg and Majidah Nantanda. They were women’s national team coaches in Uganda and wanted to develop soccer for girls and women. The purpose of Growing the Game for Girls is to encourage more girls and women to participate in soccer and to sensitize the community to the equal treatment, non-discrimination, and promotion of opportunities for girls and women in sport. For information on Growing the Game for Girls (G3), click here.

The Sports BraProject was founded in 2017 to provide Sports Bras to female athletes in areas where access to such items is limited and is often one of many barriers to participation. The Sports Bra Project distributes the bras it collects through organizations already operating sports programming in the US and abroad. For information on The Sports Bra Project, click here.

Growing the Game for Girls/Sports Bra Project video

Ntinda Deaf School had the largest number of players participating in the symposium and tournament

Ntinda Deaf School had the largest number of players participating in the symposium and tournament

Buguyere Deaf School player takes penalty kick against Ntinda Deaf School in the 2017 G3 Promoting Play Tournament.

Buguyere Deaf School player takes penalty kick against Ntinda Deaf School in the 2017 G3 Promoting Play Tournament.

Growing the Game for Girls Co-founder, and former Uganda Women's National Team Coach, Majidah Nantanda with girls from Buguyere Deaf School.  Girls at the symposium also got snacks and sodas after they compete.

Growing the Game for Girls Co-founder, and former Uganda Women's National Team Coach, Majidah Nantanda with girls from Buguyere Deaf School.  Girls at the symposium also got snacks and sodas after they compete.

6-12 year old girls from the Mulago School of the Deaf in their new Downtown United Soccer Club jerseys.

6-12 year old girls from the Mulago School of the Deaf in their new Downtown United Soccer Club jerseys.

Majidah Nantanda conducting the pre-game coin toss with players wearing jerseys and gear donated by clubs in the US.

Majidah Nantanda conducting the pre-game coin toss with players wearing jerseys and gear donated by clubs in the US.

Players received sports bras and uniforms from The Sports Bra Project and Downtown United Soccer Club.

Players received sports bras and uniforms from The Sports Bra Project and Downtown United Soccer Club.

Girls from Buguyere Deaf School celebrate their goal against Ntinda in the 2017 Promoting Play.

Girls from Buguyere Deaf School celebrate their goal against Ntinda in the 2017 Promoting Play.

13-16 year old girls from Mulago School of the Deaf. Girls in Uganda shave their heads for uniformity and cleanliness.

13-16 year old girls from Mulago School of the Deaf. Girls in Uganda shave their heads for uniformity and cleanliness.

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