Rush Equipment Assisting Children (R.E.A.C.H.)
"Going beyond boundaries and exceeding expectations."
Rush Equipment Assisting Children (R.E.A.C.H.) is a program that collects used or unwanted soccer equipment from Rush and other community members to donate to underprivileged children throughout the world. From tsunami victims, to Russian orphans, to the children of war torn Iraq, all benefit from the generous donations of Rush soccer and it's members. The simple thing of a soccer ball or soccer shirt can make a world of difference to a child that is gong through troubled times. The Colorado Rush encourages their members to donate used, unwanted or even new soccer equipment, such as balls, shoes, shin guards and uniforms so they can be distributed here locally and throughout the world to needy children.
Demri Scott approached her Rock Canyon High School team and they donated their full home and away uniforms to REACH. Great job Demri!
From Hope to Peace: Operation Iraq II...we REACHED our goal!!
78 Rush team Ambassadors, ages 5 to 17, made a commitment to our military contacts in Iraq to collect 20,000 soccer balls, shoes and uniforms to send to the Iraq children. From September 2006 to May 2007, with the help of our sister Rush clubs--Virginia Rush, Texas Rush, Pikes Peak Rush, Michigan Rush, Hawaii Rush, Alaska Rush and New Mexico Rush--these kids tirelessly gathered up the equipment to meet our ambitious goal. With the gear collected, Sky Link Air Service completed the mission by flying the donations over to Iraq in August 2007. All that remains is for the military to distribute the soccer gear to the Iraq children, which will take place in a few weeks.
"These Ambassadors are incredible and went beyond the call of duty," says Donna Pettigrew, Public Relations Manager for Colorado Rush.
Check this space for updates to this and other R.E.A.C.H. program activities.