(WPRI)V -- The October issue of Rhode Island Monthly features the youth program Project GOAL.
It stands for greater opportunity for athletes to learn, and uses the kids' passion for soccer to transfer to their school work. When the program first started, it took to knocking on people’s door to tell them about Project GOAL. Now, hundreds of kids are trying out.
GOAL aims to keep kids involved in school, to enjoy their love of the game, and to eliminate barriers that could keep kids from participating such as money or transportation.
- R.I. Monthly: Project GOAL
Students must do their work first before playing soccer. They are also taught life skills such as being accountable for their actions.
Middle school aged kids are the main focus, but many who stick with the program can become junior coaches in high school and are presented with a new set of responsibilities.
The idea for this program started 10 years ago, and is now recognized by FIFA as being one of the best youth programs in the world.
For more information on Project GOAL, watch the video above or visit their website here.
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