August 8, 2018 8:03 pm

Calgary players start foundation to equip kids around the world with soccer gear

Wed, Aug 8: Calgary soccer players Samantha Adams and Darby Spence have started the Second Effort Foundation to equip less fortunate kids worldwide with soccer gear. Kevin Smith has more.


Calgarians Samantha Adams and Darby Spence have a love for soccer, travel and charity. Together, they have started the Second Effort Foundation where people can donate soccer gear at bins throughout the city.

Until now, the women mailed the gear to kids in need around the world. This time around, they are taking a trip to India and Nepal to see the difference they are making in person.

Second Effort founder Samantha Adams can’t wait to deliver the equipment.

“We accept balls, shin guards, shoes, jerseys and socks,” Adams said.

“We do it for the smiles, so I’m excited to see firsthand how much it means to them. It’s going to be amazing.”

Adams said soccer is a world sport that can break down any language barrier.

“We might not speak the same language, but soccer in a way is it’s own language, something we can all connect to and relate to,” Adams said. “It might be hard to communicate on the level of conversation, but we can all play.”

Samantha Adams and Darby Spence sort donated soccer gear at the Calgary Soccer Centre on Aug. 8, 2018.

Global News

Foundation vice president Darby Spence is also looking forward to representing Calgary on this memorable trip.

“I’m so excited to see the reaction on the kids’ faces and to be able to play a soccer game with some of the equipment that the Calgarians have donated,” Spence said.

“I’m excited to be able to see the stuff from my hometown of Calgary and be able to be in India and see the gear in the hands of these kids. They’re really going to enjoy it.”

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