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Growing up, soccer played a huge part in my husband’s life. He began playing at the tender age of five and continued to play until he blew out his knee during his freshman year of high school. Had he not hurt himself, who’s to say where soccer would have taken him. He was always asked to play with the age group above his because he was that good at it.
Maybe he would have gone pro.
Or ended up coaching.
There’s no way to know.
What he does know for certain is that soccer taught him a lot, and his biggest lesson was that he learned to work with others…to play as a team, which is a lesson that can be applied to all areas of life, even at work and at home.
My husband isn’t the only one who loved soccer when he was younger, though. My father also played, as did my ex-husband. So it’s no surprise that at least one out of the four kids (my husband’s two and my two) ended up interested in soccer.
My son expressed interest in playing at the end of kindergarten but unfortunately we did not have the money at that time to sign him up for the next season of soccer.
Instead, though, we signed him up for a rec soccer program that he fell in love with. Once that ended, he asked if he could play soccer this coming Fall. And while our schedule is already shaping up to be the craziest one yet, we decided that we will do whatever we have to in order for my son to play. And my son couldn’t be more excited.
What he doesn’t know, though, is we went out and bought him a soccer net for his birthday which is at the beginning of September. My husband wants to be able to practice with him. And between my husband, my ex-husband and my dad, my son will end up with a lot of help and will hopefully learn the same lesson my husband did, that he has to work and play well with others.
Is soccer a big part of your children’s lives? If so, keep reading below to find out how you can help support your local youth soccer team, group or organization.
Ritz Bits Snack For Your Champion Pear Program
Pear, which launched in 2012, is a company that helps connect youth soccer teams, groups and organizations with brands who are looking to sponsor local teams. Like Ritz Bits, for example, who are offering $100,000 to sponsor youth soccer teams throughout the country.
For some communities, like mine, for example, that have many children that are from low income homes, finding the money for signup fees and uniforms can be difficult to downright impossible, so this program is extremely helpful. It can give kids a chance to be a part of a team they might not have been able to be part of before, to be active and social, and to learn valuable lessons that will benefit them throughout their lives. And it may just keep the children out of trouble, as well!
Though I don’t know my son’s team yet since signups have not been held, I can’t create his team a Pear. For now, you can choose to support the Plant City Area Soccer Club or even create a Pear of your own to support your local youth soccer club/group/team/organization.
You can get your team up to $1,000 to go towards custom t-shirts. Click here to sign up.
Or you can sign up your team/league for $1,000 donation that can be used for league/team fees. Click here to sign up.
HOW IT WORKS
- Sponsors have money to donate, but they don’t always know how or where to donate it.
- Pear works as the middleman to help connect sponsors and groups in need.
- Pear helps the group leader create a Pear, and the group leader invites others to join.
- A dedicated community manager at Pear will help groups get the most money from their Pear.
- Groups earn sponsorship money by creating a Pear for their group and sharing with others who complete digital incentives to earn more money.
- Each group can earn up to $1,000 within a 10-day time frame.
- That $1,000 can be used toward team apparel or can simply be a donation to the soccer team for team/league fees.
- Each team member completes digital steps on behalf of Ritz Bits to earn dollars – things like liking Ritz Bits on Facebook, following Ritz Bits on Instagram or signing up for an email.
- For every step team members complete, they’ll get dollars towards their goal.
- The more tasks you complete, the more dollars you earn for your sponsorship.
- At the end of the 10-day period, group leaders claim an online certificate for the amount earned redeemable at any Pear printer or a check will be made out to the individual responsible for handing financials for the soccer team or organization.
- You get to keep whatever amount you earn.
- It’s completely free to participate.
- It’s zero cost to you, and no are donations required.
- So far, there are more than 1,700 participants and more than 250 Pears.
FINE PRINT – Must Read
- Teams cannot be school affiliated.
- The group award is paid out by Pear to leagues/organizations directly.
- Award redemption instructions are provided with each Pear Sponsorship certificate (which you’ll receive via the site upon completion of your sponsorship) — 10 days or sooner if you choose to wrap up early.
- Typical turnaround time for issuance of sponsorship awards for this program is one week.
- Sponsorship award value may be paid via check directly to team or league organizations only, with proper (W-9 or EIN) validation — checks will not be issued to individuals.
- There is a limit of one sponsorship per group; the program is only valid for groups who have not already completed a Ritz Bits sponsorship on Pear.