Soccer Gear Donations

KSA member Abel collects gear for orphans

My name is Savannah Abel, and I play for Group 4, the high school girls, at Knoxville Soccer Academy. I am donating gently used, old cleats, shin guards, and clothes to an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. This orphanage is called the Orbit Village Project and is run by a friend of mine, Cyndy Waters. If you would like to visit the website to learn more it is If not, here is a little background about Orbit…kenya_soccer

There are about 150 children living there, which completely fills up their housing. Children from infants to high school age, boys and girls, are given a safe home by Ms. Waters. Orbit has recently been chosen to participate in a start up rugby league in hopes that one day some of the children can try out for the adult Kenyan league. They also play soccer there, but the ground is tough and covered with rocks. Proper cleats and shin guards would make their playing experience safer, healthier, and more fun. Of course clothes are always a necessity as well, which will also be collected. All sizes and styles of cleats, shin guards, and clothes, from 5 year olds to 18 year olds, will be sent over and used.

Donations would be greatly appreciated by these children because they are very excited to play soccer and rugby together. There will be a bin at the front desk of Johnny Long’s where you can place your donations. All sizes and both genders of shoes, clothes, and shin guards, will be accepted. If you wish to help, but don’t have items to donate, you may also make a monetary contribution. This will help with the shipping cost of the items which is $2.50 per pound. I will be collecting items until April 23. Thank you for taking the time to read this email, and I hope you can help me in supporting these children with proper attire to play a sport they love!


Thank you immensely for your contributions,

Savannah Abel