From today's Daily Evergreen:
Soccer is the most-watched and most-played game in the world. It may lack popularity in the United States, but kids all over the world grow up dreaming of becoming the next great footballer. Though the country is torn by war, Iraq is no different. The College Republicans are hosting a soccer drive to collect items to donate to the children of Iraq. Chris Del Beccaro, a senior history major and College Republicans spokesman, said all items will be delivered to U.S. troops in Iraq who will then deliver the items to Iraqi children.
“The troops will be giving the gear to the kids,” Del Beccaro said. “It’s really something that should help with the hearts and minds of the kids as well as the troops.” The drive is looking to receive either new or used soccer gear. Gear includes cleats, shin guards and balls. Although soccer is not the most popular sport in the U.S., Del Beccaro was optimistic about the potential results of the drive.
“I really hope to receive a lot of support,” Del Beccaro said. “One of our member’s fathers owns a sporting goods store and he’s already made a large donation. Many students probably have used gear at their homes. Local business and student help would be great.” Although this is the first soccer drive that the College Republicans have done, it is similar to previous events they have organized. “We’ve had similar ‘support the troops’ drives in the past,” Del Beccaro said. “We try do something like this at least once a year. We wanted to do something a little different this year and soccer is definitely the most popular sport over there.” The drive will continue through March 28. Students will be able to drop off donations with College Republicans either on the mall or at drop-off points at Wal-Mart and ShopKo. Monetary donations will also be accepted.