Archbishop Mitty Hosts Soccer Game for Refugee Youth

Archbishop Mitty Hosts Soccer Game for Refugee Youth

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Don’t miss your chance to watch an incredible soccer game involving refugee youth and students from five local Catholic schools.

On April 28, Archbishop Mitty High School (AMHS) is partnering with five Catholic schools in the South Bay and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County to host a soccer game that will benefit local refugee foster children.

Student-athletes from Archbishop Mitty, Bellarmine, Saint Francis, Notre Dame, and Presentation high schools will join refugee children from across the Bay Area to form two teams that will compete for the second annual One World Cup at 10:45 a.m. on April 28 at Archbishop Mitty High School. The game brings youth of different backgrounds together through the universal language of soccer.

“We really hope that the positive energy of this event is a symbol and a motivating factor for others to welcome refugees,” said Tim Wesmiller, Archbishop Mitty’s Director of Campus Ministry. “When you get to know people and you get to know their lives, it’s hard to demonize them.”

While much of the world is closing its doors to refugees, Catholics continue to welcome them with open arms, or in this case, soccer fields. One World Cup was started by Archbishop Mitty students in partnership with Catholic Charities last year and attracted an enthusiastic crowd of community members.

“Obviously, supporters are a big part of soccer. We had so many fans there,” said junior Mia Napolitano, a member of the AMHS varsity soccer team. “The stands were packed. It was cool to see there was support from not just Mitty people but the community in general.”

Admission to the event is open to the public. Those attending the game are asked to make a $10 donation at the door to benefit the Refugee Foster Care Program, which is run by Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. Join us for a wonderful afternoon of soccer, kinship, and fun!