Giving Back

  • By Tim Goodenow
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  • June 29, 2013 09:55 AM
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Giving back is a lofty goal for many individuals. For West Virginia women’s soccer coach Nikki Izzo-Brown, it’s a priority.

Known for its free youth clinics and postgame greetings with fans and community members, the WVU women’s soccer program is at it again.

The Mountaineers teamed up with Dr. Presha Neidermeyer and E4p, a local not-for-profit organization raising funds that are invested into project partnership organizations locally and around the world to eradicate poverty and improve education.

“We were thrilled to work with Presha, this time sending a dozen soccer balls to Africa,” said Izzo-Brown. “It’s all about giving back to the game that has been so good to me. I can’t stress that enough to the ladies in our program.”

Soccer, unlike many other sports, needs little equipment to get going. All it requires is a ball.

“It was a no-brainer to send along some equipment,” said Izzo-Brown. “It puts a smile on some faces and provides a good distraction for the daily struggles that some of their people go through.”

The soccer balls traveled from Morgantown to orphans in the Shire River Valley (as seen in the photo below). A second set of balls were delivered to children at the Hilltop Farm near Blantyre.