In November, Grassroot Soccer was delighted to welcome U.S. Women’s National Team Forward, World Cup Champion, Olympian, and GRS Pro Ambassador Christen Press to our site in Khayelitsha, South Africa for a four-day visit. During the visit, Press was able to share her experiences as a world-class footballer with GRS Coaches and participants, while simultaneously getting an in-depth immersion into how our programs work. In particular, much of the visit focused on how Grassroot Soccer is working with young women and girls to address issues of gender equality, gender-based violence, sexual health and HIV, while creating a safe and supportive environment in which to thrive.
Press shared many of her interactions with GRS Coaches and participants via her social media channels during the trip. You can check out her Instagram feed and Facebook page for these personal stories. Below are some highlights from the visit:
Christen Press hits the pitch with Grassroot Soccer participants who also play for the RV United juniors.
Sharing a laugh with GRS Coaches and RV United players at the Football for Hope Centre.
Bonding with GRS graduate, volunteer, RV United junior, and agent of change Yamkela Nqweniso.
Christen Press and GRS Coaches participate in a GRS learning activity.
Practicing with RV United, the GRS-affiliated women's soccer club from Khayelitsha.
Channing Press (standing), of Piece of Peace Meditation, led yoga sessions as part of our Coach Development program, with sister Christen Press demonstrating moves for the group.
GRS Coaches and leaders of the Girls First project teach Press how to make a Ragball, handmade balls that are sold as part of a financial entrepreneurship venture through Ragball International.
Christen Press and GRS Coaches share their common experiences, and a laugh, during a roundtable discussion.