By Adelene Gallego Ramos
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and 5 Catholic high schools in the South Bay joined together on April 28 to host One World Cup, a friendly soccer game that benefited refugee foster youth living in the Bay Area.
Student athletes from Archbishop Mitty, Bellarmine, Saint Francis, Notre Dame, and Presentation high schools gathered with refugee youth from across the Bay Area to form two teams that competed in the 2nd annual One World Cup at Archbishop Mitty High School. The game brought youth of different backgrounds together through the universal language of soccer.
“This was a wonderful opportunity to stand with refugees, to let refugees in our community know that they are welcomed and valued,” said Angela Albright, Division Director, Refugee Foster Care, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. “There is still a lot of uncertainty in our country’s climate on the overall view of the refugee crisis, and now it is more important than ever to stand in solidarity and show our support through unifying events like this.”
Catholic Charities’ Refugee Foster Care program resettles unaccompanied refugee minors into long-term foster homes throughout the Bay Area and provides supportive services to both the youth and families. Working throughout eight counties, it is the only refugee foster program in northern California that serves orphaned refugee children fleeing terror, poverty, and oppression.
In 2017, Archbishop Mitty High School students rose to action to fight for the rights of refugees. The students partnered with Catholic Charities to create One World Cup. The friendly soccer game is now an annual event.
To learn more about Catholic Charities’ Refugee Foster Care program, visit http://catholiccharitiesscc.org/refugee-foster-care.