our soccer match against the West Coast girls, the school had an assembly out in the courtyard. Each grade had a selected student called the “Leader” who saluted to the faculty and staff at the beginning of the assembly. Here, all the students stood in single file lines while singing and giving prayers. The school gave words of encouragement and advised the students to strive for success and to never give up, which they displayed through reading passages and performing skits. I have never seen this before in any school assemblies I have attended and thought it was a great way to reach out and motivate students.
Reflecting back on my week at Rising Star with the girls, I realize how important this experience was for them, but also for me. These girls made me feel empowered and admired, especially while playing soccer. I didn’t realize how much we could make a difference in these girls’ lives through just playing soccer. Over the course of this week, I’ve watched the girls not only improve in their soccer skills but also become more confident in themselves. They have proved to their classmates and themselves that they can be leaders on and off the soccer field. It amazes me how big of a difference we have made in these girls’ lives in such a short amount of time. They inspire me to continue reaching for my goals as they also strive for theirs.