The Chris Campbell Memorial field at Ikusi Primary School is a small slice of recently-opened soccer heaven, located somewhere inside the maze of dirt roads and shacks [seen on the horizon beyond the grass] that make up the Khayelitsha township on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. Franklin & Marshall College [USA] donated the field to commemorate deceased friend and college soccer star Chris Campbell, who passed away just before touring South Africa with his soccer team.
They have people there entrusted with ensuring that the newly donated football field is maintained and put to the best possible use for the local community. Where they run crime prevention and gender equity soccer tournaments, teach HIV/AIDS prevention to teenagers, and business skills to young adults.
As a result, small businesses are emerging from the local community using the Campbell facility to generate income and hope is coming to Khayelitsha. Not from a church. But a soccer field. All because some soccer players in America decided to honor their friend and bring hope to some of the least of these. Shouldn't that be every Christian's g-o-o-o-o-o-o-a-a-a-a-a-a-al? CLick the triangular play button below to see the children's reaction to this unique gift.
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