Men’s, Women’s Soccer Provide Soccer Balls to Underprivileged Communities in India

Children from India play with soccer balls donated by SNHU soccer.

Kids line up to play a game with their new soccer balls MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Southern New Hampshire University men's and women's soccer teams, along with the SNHU Department of Athletic's equipment room, donated 28 gently-used soccer balls to multiple slum communities in New Delhi, India last month.

Kids from New Delhi raising their new soccer balls into the air After being connected to the athletic department by SNHU Faculty Athletic Representative Doug Blais, Dr. Justina Oliveira, a professor at SNHU, brought the soccer balls to New Delhi. They were used for numerous activities, including games of soccer, and then left in multiple slum communities for the residents to continue to use and enjoy. Dr. Oliveira partnered with Asha, a non-profit that transforms the lives of more than 700,000 slum dwellers in over 91 slum colonies of Delhi by helping them access healthcare, financial services and education.

"It was a powerful and unforgettable experience to work with many kids, nine college students who grew up and still live in the slum communities with their families, and the local leaders of Asha," Dr. Oliveira said. 

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