The Soccer Queens in Kenya, Africa

This is a post from SoccerGrlProbs Official Blog

The Soccer Queens was started in November 2010 with the goal of empowering young women through sports, and our dream is to inspire change by promoting human rights and reducing poverty, while having fun in the process.
— Amos Kimani

Amos Kimani is the coach of a soccer team called Soccer Queens, located in the heart of the Dagoretti District of NairobiAfrica. His team helps community girls stay motivated to attend school and further their education while playing soccer. Majority of the players come from difficult backgrounds, making them particularly vulnerable to the everyday dangers posed by poverty, unemployment, and lack of parental care. The amazing part about the Soccer Queens squad, is that it is a place where the girls can be themselves when they feel like they have no where else to go. Coach Amos welcomes all different types of players, from national team players to high school players, to come be apart of something greater. The team gives the girls opportunities to obtain scholarships to different schools, helping them receive an education that they may never have had the chance to afford. 

SoccerGrlProbs & the Soccer Queens share the goal of empowering young women through sports. Their dream is to inspire change by promoting human rights and reducing poverty, while having fun in the process.

To help his team out, we felt that SoccerGrlProbs LLC, Fairfield University Women's Soccer team and the Soccer Queens could motivate and influence each other through social media sites. We set up a pen-pal Facebook page, where everyone can connect with one another sharing our passion for the soccer. Fairfield U's Women's soccer senior Sarah Gerali commented "We are all very excited to begin a friendship with the Soccer Queens. The soccer knowledge we can learn from each other while discussing our own personal experiences is such a unique thing that not every team gets to have." They could post updates about their team, practices, feelings, etc.. It is an amazing way to influence each other to become better students, soccer players and teammates.

In addition, we are raising awareness about donating cleats, shin guards, shorts, T-shirts or sneakers to the Soccer Queens. They are not as fortunate as others and would appreciate all the support that they can get. Sometimes we do not realize how fortunate we are to have uniforms or gear to wear while playing. If you are interested in sending in old gear to donate, please feel free to contact us at officialsoccergrlprobs@gmail.com!

To learn more about the Soccer Queens, here is a video describing their team, values & challenges which we hope to help overcome! Everyone soccer player should have the opportunity to pursue something they love! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilMrA1jqaCA

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The SoccerGrlProbs team consists of Long Island natives Alanna Locast '12, Shannon Fay '14 and Carly Beyar '14, who are all former members of the Fairfield University Division 1 Women’s Soccer team. While in between their second and third practice session of the day during preseason of August 2011, the girls and their team were joking around about the struggles of being a female soccer player. They spontaneously decided to come up with a Twitter handle as a comedic outlet to share their inner thoughts and funny moments about the everyday life of a female athlete. Their team told past teammates, friends and coaches about the Twitter and within weeks their following grew to hundreds and then thousands. Twitter followers then began to tweet at SoccerGrlProbs, requesting a YouTube video to be created. In February of 2012, they created their first video, "Sh*t Soccer Girls Say" that tallied over one million views in three days! Today, SGP has produced over 30 videos that have accumulated over 8 million views and 16+ million minutes watched. What initially once was a comedic venting outlet, became a lifestyle brand with the release of their first t-shirt. It is our mission to support and encourage the well-being and positive self-image of young female athletes everywhere. We aim to encourage the idea of a strong, confident, positive female athlete who is comfortable in her own skin. We want to empower young female athletes to build a strong inner foundation and to have the confidence to proudly grow into the women they will become. Through social media and our apparel products, we want to continue to deliver authentic and original content through this lifestyle brand as a means to establish a sense of unity and sisterhood in the female soccer community.