Grassroot Soccer at Prep

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By Andrea Cermanski, English, Photography and Grassroot Soccer TAP

On Sunday, November 4th Prep held the first ever Grassroot Soccer 4v4 Tournament. Grassroot Soccer is a new TAP that was started by tenth grader Wyeth Carpenter. This organization uses the power of soccer to spread awareness and raise money for HIV and AIDS research in Africa. Since 2002 Grassroot Soccer has made great strides in HIV and AIDS research and has so far provided HIV prevention and education to 270,000 young people in sub-Saharan Africa.

The event on Sunday was a huge success, and all participants seemed to enjoy themselves.  Members of the winning team included Sam Brill, Adam Weyhrauch, Keenan Amer, and Griffin Sides. Overall, the tournament raised $757 through registration fees, donations and sponsorships.  Faculty Grassroot TAP coordinators Andrea Cermanski and Olga Herrera would like to thank Hampton and Anne Sides, Rebecca Warner, Jay Shelton, Santa Fe Prep’s Soccer Team, and Trader Joe’s for their generous donations.  In addition, the Grassroot Soccer TAP would like to thank Prep parents Tannis Fox and Gretchen Reynolds for volunteering during the tournament.

We are proud that this TAP, along with the participants and donors, have helped Grassroot Soccer toward reaching its goal of educating one million young people about how to live AIDS-free, healthy, productive lives by the next World Cup in 2014. Our next tournament will be held this spring, and will include young soccer players from around the state. We hope that it will be a community event attended by many.

To learn more about Grassroot Soccer, visit www.grassrootsoccer.org.