Soccer Buddy Project – A Tool for Reorientation of Internally Displaced Persons

On September 21, the PAS Abuja hosted the closing ceremony of the soccer academy for Internally Displaced Persons at the Kuchin Goro IDP camp. The three-month Soccer Buddy Project engaged more than 100 teenagers in the camp using sports as a tool for reorientation.  The program also provided the youth with training in leadership and civic education through short seminars to help prepare and equip them for any endeavor they may pursue as they grow.

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Kathleen FitzGibbon performing some soccer ball tricks. Photo Credit: U.S. Embassy Abuja/Adediran AdegokeThe young people were organized into six teams to train and compete in a league format with Tivo FC emerging as the eventual winners of the competition. Speaking at the event, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Kathleen FitzGibbon, noted, “I’ve played sports all my life, particularly Soccer and Basketball. Whenever I am on the field, I forget about all my worries and the only thing on my mind is to help my team win because when my team wins, I am also a winner. I hope some players in these teams will grow up to play for the Super Eagles.”

Vice Chairman of the camp, Mr. Usman Adamu commended the U.S government for the support given to them. “This is one of the best supports given to us in the camp, it makes both the parents and children happy because things like this help us forget about our predicament and build us.

Almost 2 million people live in settlements all across the country. The United States stands ready with Nigerians to overcome what may appear as insurmountable obstacles.