The Roadrunner Youth Soccer Organization is a year round program that integrates academics, leadership development, service learning, and soccer in order to help low income youth to: improve their academic performance, stay active and healthy, grow as leaders in their community, and to develop as competitive soccer players.
Soccer has become a rich kids sport, and the pay-to-play model is keeping too many low income kids off the soccer field. According to a recent study by the Aspen Institute, “now more than ever, it takes significant resources such as time, access, and money to develop as an athlete and be fully engaged in organized sport activities. This reality eliminates or limits access to quality sports opportunities for millions of American kids in low income families.” Low income youth face many barriers, such as transportation, money, and time. Money is the biggest barrier that low income youth face. When families have a difficult time just paying rent and buying food, soccer is not even an option. Transportation is another huge barrier, because many players don’t have rides to get to games or practice sessions. Time is also a significant barrier, because parents work a lot of hours and often miss practice or games, and some families have several children, and they just don’t have the time to get kids to soccer.
Roadrunner Youth Soccer Organization is focused on helping low income youth overcome barriers to play competitive soccer.
Many kids have the dream of becoming pro players, and the path to pro is very complex and filled with uncertainties, but a few things are certain, if kids don’t have an opportunity to play soccer, if they don’t have an opportunity to train hard and develop their skills, if they don’t get help they need with school work, then there is no possible way for them to become a professional player. Too often, the dreams of playing soccer are shot down at an early age because the kids growing up in poverty don’t even have a chance to play.
Youth participants are selected based on financial need, their desire to play competitive soccer, and their academic potential.
The youth are expected to earn their time on the field by performing in the classroom. If the youth are falling behind in their classes, then they must focus on bringing their grades up before they can play. We work closely with the classroom teachers to ensure that the students are performing as expected. We require participants to keep track of their assignments on a daily basis, and they report their grades to the coach on a weekly basis.
Experiential education is also a key component of the program. Hiking, skiing, and other outdoor activities are integrated into the program. The activities help to keep their interest, and provides them with an opportunity to broaden their horizons.
The Roadrunner Youth Organization is a year round program that integrates academics, leadership development, experiential education, service learning, and soccer in order to help youth in under served communities to improve their academic performance, stay active and healthy, grow as leaders in their community, and to develop as competitive student-athletes.
Interested in Volunteering?
We are looking for volunteers to join our crew in Albuquerque, NM. We need help with coaching, adventure crew trips, fitness training, transportation, marketing, fundraising, and academic tutoring. Contact us if you’re interested in helping out.
We are looking for generous donors to support low income youth
Competitive sports are expensive. Too many talented, low income, youth athletes can’t afford to pay-to-play. Roadrunner Youth Organization is doing everything possible to provide opportunities for low income youth to play competitive sports. Our organization relies on private donations from people who are concerned for the well being of low income youth. All donations go directly to supporting the youth. Please consider a donation today!
Soccer Clinics for Homeless Youth
Soccer is an incredibly expensive sport, and if you are a homeless youth, playing soccer seems impossible. The Roadrunner Youth Organization is planning a series of soccer clinics that will bring soccer to the homeless youth. We will partner with local homeless shelters, and we will host a few clinics in under-served urban areas around Albuquerque, NM. The youth who are involved with the Roadrunner Youth Organization will volunteer their time to run the clinic, the youth will run soccer drills, play games, and teach the homeless youth to play soccer. This is a great way for the youth to give back to the community.
The first ever series of soccer clinics for homeless youth is scheduled to take place during the first two weeks of June 2016.
Our Service Learning program is an opportunity for our youth participants to give back to the community. The youth athletes will participate in a variety of service learning projects throughout the year. Some examples of service learning projects include raising money for worthy causes, and hosting free soccer clinics for low income youth in the community.
The Roadrunner Youth Organization is preparing to host a series of free soccer clinics for homeless youth living in the South Valley. The free soccer clinics will take place between May and July 2016.