For 13-year-old Louis Borsato of Centerville, Virginia, choosing a service project for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah was an easy decision. Soccer is a big part of Louis’ life — he’s been playing for 9 years. So when missioned with a project that would help the world be a better place, Louis turned to his favorite game. “I wanted to do something I loved doing and the idea came easily,” Louis says. After some careful research, Louis came across the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Passback program.
“I got the word out and collected money donations by doing yard work, pet sitting and a lemonade stand and gathered soccer equipment from my community,” says Louis. His hard work and dedication paid-off. Over the course of three months, Louis collected $275 for new equipment and over 300 pieces of gently-used soccer gear.
“I love the game and wanted it to be passed on to kids that don’t have the resources and money to play,” he says. “I hope the kids will enjoy the game as much as me, encourage each other to work hard and do well — not only in the game but in their futures, as well. That’s what the U.S. Soccer Foundation could help me do.”
Louis’ dedication sets an inspiring example. “He has done this project on his own,” says Louis’ mother, Julie. “We are very proud of what he accomplished and of his desire to help kids with confidence building, teamwork, and to do well in their lives.”
Currently, Louis plays for the Chantilly Soccer Club Travel Team. He says his favorite thing about playing soccer is “scoring goals for the team and having fun.” Thanks to Louis’ passion, and the generosity of his community, many more kids will get the chance to experience these joys of the game.
Great work, Louis, and thanks for your support!
Want to learn more about the Foundation’s Passback program or interested in starting your own equipment collection? Visit our Passback page for more information!