PORTLAND, Ore. — Senior soccer student-athlete Maddie Harper and two former Lewis & Clark soccer alumni, Lindsay Whitford '09 and Aly Robinson '11, will be participating in an upcoming exchange between Soccer Without Borders and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The mission of Soccer Without Borders is to use "soccer as a vehicle for positive change, providing under-served youth a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion, and personal success."
Harper, Robinson, and Whitford will travel to Granada, Nicaragua, for the Inter-American Women's Soccer Exchange from February 23rd to March 4th. The exchange will focus on engaging girls, team-building, skill-building, practice design, and coaching strategies, in an effort to promote girls and women's soccer in the country.
During this exchange, the Pioneers will participate in clinics for young female soccer players in Nicaragua. Harper and Robinson will also play in two showcase games between the Soccer Without Borders exchange team and the Nicaraguan U-20 Women's National Team. Whitford will be serving as an assistant coach for the exchange team.
Also making up the exchange team are other student-athletes and alumni from NCAA programs, spanning all three NCAA divisions and eight NCAA conferences, joining Harper and Robinson to complete a team of 16 players.
Later in the year, Soccer Without Borders will bring Nicaraguan players and coaches to the U.S. as a second portion of the exchange.
To learn more about the Inter-American Women's Soccer Exchange, visit their website by clicking here.