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Sending Soccer to Afghanistan

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A request from long time friend and supporter Mike Handel provided Sports Quest an opportunity to bless young children in Afghanistan.  In an endeavor to build relationships with the locals, American soldiers made a soccer field next to their school but were then in need of practice and game balls.  Sports Quest and Mike Handel partnered together to make it happen.

Robin, (whose son initiated the request in Afghanistan) wrote to say,

“I am so touched by this kind offer. I am so thankful to you all for your generosity and willing spirit to help my son with this project. I believe that God placed this desire to help the children on David’s heart but this vision would not have been completed without your help!!! This may be the first time any of these children ever had a ball and I can’t wait to hear about the look on their faces as David shows them how to give one a good kick!:) David and his men have been extremely busy but I can speak for him at this time in humble gratitude. I am truly touched beyond words so I will use His perfect words…Ephesians 1:3-5 ‘I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now.’  God bless you for taking part in this project!”

Sports Quest Institute

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The first graduating class of Sports Quest Institute has been very active since completing their 12 week course! Ten participants recently put into practice a church outreach program which serves children in a low income apartment complex. The participants, all volunteers from Iglesia Cristiana de Amor y Restauracion (ICAR), have planned, marketed and managed all aspects of the new program. On Sunday January 8th, 2017 the program concluded with a soccer tournament where each child received commemorative gifts from Sports Quest, and tournament winners were recognized with team awards.

The 10 week program encompassed soccer coaching, a devotional time and organized games, growing to over 50 children per event and overseen by 16 volunteers. More importantly, the Gospel was shared to children and parents, along with encouragement on how to live a life of faith. As a result many parents  committed to attend church in the future. After a short break, the program will resume and we are hopeful that additional children from other local apartment complexes will attend. We appreciate your prayers and support for the growth of this program in the future!

The Sports Quest Team

Lifepath Block Party

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​Sports Quest was privileged to support Lifepath Church at their Block Party on Sunday December 16.  In spite of an earlier torrential downpour, youngsters were still able to participate in a number of soccer activities in the parking lot:

– Speed kick – Using Sports Quest’s radar gun, players tested how hard they could kick a soccer ball.  Top speed: 38 MPH!

– Relay races

– Scrimmages using a regulation size soccer ball

– Scrimmages using a giant soccer ball

To learn more about Lifepath Church, visit www.lifepathhouston.com

3rd Annual Futbol Festival

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The Heights 3rd Annual Futbol Festival happened Saturday, November 11th, at Spark Park on 11th Street.  This event is sponsored by the Vineyard Church of Houston as a large outreach to the community in order to share Christ’s love and provide a fun day of events.

The morning started with perfect weather allowing six teams of adult futbolistos (soccer players) to compete in the tournament and challenge each other for the title of Heights Futbol Festival Champions 2012.  At noon we crowned the purple team as winners and raffled off prizes as well as listened to a professional athlete Heidi Horton share her testimony of what it takes to be a professional both in sport and for the Kingdom of God.  Then at one o’clock the children took the field and challenged each other according to age group for a chance at being named the winner.

The goals and ball provided by Sports Quest made it possible for us to run multile fields at once and the kids who were able to answer quiz questions appropriately took home a full size soccer ball as a prize for their attention to detail during Heidi’s talk.  In addition to soccer, the church provided “training camp” for those too young to play in the tournament as well as bounce houses and face painting to entertain.  The Hogg Middle School Parent Teachers Organization provided food and snacks for purchase and local businesses donated raffle prizes we were able to give away at each hour.

Overall, it was a successful day of fun in the sun with exciting futbol for participants and fans alike.  Thanks again to Sports Quest and all the others who helped support this day of community outreach for the Houston Vineyard Church.

Sara Zehr, Event Coordinator

Project 180 Mini Camp

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The Grace Presbyterian Church congregation was able to serve over 150 students from Walnut Bend Elementary school and their families with a fun morning of fundamental soccer drills and games in a Christ-centered environment. This was made possible thanks t the generosity of our sponsors:  Kickin’ with Kimberly Foundation, Sports Quest Inc. and Chivas USA.

Sign-up sheets were passed out a week in advance at Walnut Bend Elementary School.  Based on the excellent response, each student then received a T-shirt with their designated team color prior to arrival at 9.00 am on Saturday, March 31st, 2012.

Students were divided up in three divisions of ages 5-6, 7-8 and 9-10 years. Each division trained for two hours and had a one-hour playoff where they were able to apply new skills acquired in practice. Every student received a medal for participating at the end of the event

The quality and level of soccer instruction given to elementary school students significantly increased this year. Because many of the skills taught were brand new to students, trust was a major factor. This allowed for a deeper connection with students and their families than last year.

Students from Walnut Bend Elementary School and their families were blessed. This would not have been possible without the equipment provided by Sports Quest and Kickin’ with Kimberly Foundation and the coaching provided by Chivas USA.

2nd Annual Heights Futbol Festival

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The 2nd Annual Heights Futbol festival took place on Saturday November 12. It was organized by the Vineyard Church of Houston as a way of reaching out to the local community in The Heights. There were over 100 soccer players. There was a kids tournament in the morning and an adults tournament in the afternoon. There were both male and female players, and the ages ranged from around 5 to 50. The event took place at Hogg Middle School in The Heights. Players came from local schools, youth groups, the Vineyard Church and the local community. The tournaments were in the style of the World Cup, with group stages and knockout rounds.

Sports Quest helped this event by donating soccer balls and lending us all of the soccer equipment in terms of goals, nets and pitch markers (not to mention the expertise of their goalkeeping coach!). Without this equipment it would not have been possible to host this event. Sports Quest provided similar equipment for the inaugural Heights Futbol Festival in November 2010. This is a growing event and it is already scheduled to take place next year.

In addition to the soccer tournament, the church engaged members of the local community with kids entertainment (moonwalks and face painting), a raffle (the star prize was a laptop), a band playing worship and popular music (including guest musicians from Columbia). There was also a prayer ministry and one of the band members gave their testimony during the lunch interval. Food and drink was provided by the parent teacher organization at the school, and the event ran smoothly thanks to the 60 volunteers from the church.

Report By Allan Leith, Event Coordinator