We have a brand new academy video at Play For Hope. We created the video in hopes of giving you the experience of what it would be like to visit our academy. I have included some notes below to add to the video.
0:00 Underoath allowed us to use this song. How many nonprofits do you know who use Underoath? Only us. That’s what I thought.
0:09 This video was taken before we opened the academy. Focus was living with our coach Robert at this time and recovering from having been arrested and released to us. He had just gotten over being very, very sick. Every raw emotion of what his life had been like was still written deeply on him.
2:39 Pascal would go to practice with the boys multiple times per week with practices starting at 6am. The boys only agreed to be trained only if it was this early because after practice they had to go “do work.” Pascal did this in addition to coaching all of the teams that he was already coaching for Play For Hope. It was a huge sacrifice on his part that he did with grace and love.
3:45 This is the actual first time that the boys saw the academy house. In the background you can faintly hear a chant from our coaches. They are saying “Welcome the Heroes. Welcome the Heroes.” There are no former street kids or vulnerable kids at our Academy - only Heroes.
That day while we were waiting to take a van the academy. Focus, from the start of the video, looked at me and in broken English looked at me and said “Brian we go home?” Yes. We finally made it home.
4:47 Christmas! Thanks Swift Creek School!
5:00 The boys attend a nearby neighborhood school during the day and then those that are more behind in school do night and weekend classes with tutors from school. So the boys actually study inside and outside of the academy.
6:22 TRX and Nike SPARQ have both donated equipment to help us train our kids at a high level and allow our athletes to feel truly special. This is the same equipment that professional athletes train with. We want all of our kids to be given the best care possible in every area of their lives.
7:40 This is my favorite shot. This was taken where Sibo, the boy talking, slept before joining the academy. As he was talking about transforming the lives of street children, a group of street children who still lived there walked up behind him. This was completely unplanned, but beautifully illustrated Sibo’s vision and purpose in life. Before joining the academy, Sibo had no vision for anything other than how he was going to get drugs for that day. He originally started playing soccer only when he felt he had taken too many drugs and needed to sweat them out. There is a power in someone beginning to dream for the first time ever that will change the world.
8:01 Traditional dance. Heroes got talent.