"Soccer Gives Life"

In 2018 we celebrated an important milestone– the opening of the first RAVE Foundation community field at Yesler Terrace Park. There is no better way to share the impact of that field with you, than through the story of Wasi, a Yesler Terrace resident, and his son, Haron.

Wasi immigrated to the United States from Eritrea, a country in Northeast Africa, 13 years ago and found his connection to his new home through soccer. He instilled the passion for the beautiful game in his young son, Haron, yet Wasi and Haron didn’t have a safe place to play. That didn’t stop them. They found spots in the street, on sidewalks, and in the halls of their Yesler Terrace apartment building. When they learned that their community would soon be getting its own field – not to be used by any outside group – Wasi was ecstatic. “A field right outside our door where I can play with my son, any time I want…what a gift!” Wasi said.

Today, Wasi and Haron can be seen playing soccer freely on the RAVE Field nearly every day. Wasi is grateful to have a place for he and Haron to connect, be healthy, and play. "Soccer gives life,” he said. Wasi, we agree!

RAVE believes in people like Wasi and Haron, and believes in soccer as a unifier and a vehicle for positive change. Please help RAVE make soccer accessible to more communities, and more people like Wasie and Haron by donating to RAVE today.

Thank you for your generosity.


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"Soccer Gives Life"

In 2018 we celebrated an important milestone– the opening of the first RAVE Foundation community field at Yesler Terrace Park. There is no better way to share the impact of that field with you, than through the story of Wasi, a Yesler Terrace resident, and his son, Haron.

Wasi immigrated to the United States from Eritrea, a country in Northeast Africa, 13 years ago and found his connection to his new home through soccer. He instilled the passion for the beautiful game in his young son, Haron, yet Wasi and Haron didn’t have a safe place to play. That didn’t stop them. They found spots in the street, on sidewalks, and in the halls of their Yesler Terrace apartment building. When they learned that their community would soon be getting its own field – not to be used by any outside group – Wasi was ecstatic. “A field right outside our door where I can play with my son, any time I want…what a gift!” Wasi said.

Today, Wasi and Haron can be seen playing soccer freely on the RAVE Field nearly every day. Wasi is grateful to have a place for he and Haron to connect, be healthy, and play. "Soccer gives life,” he said. Wasi, we agree!

RAVE believes in people like Wasi and Haron, and believes in soccer as a unifier and a vehicle for positive change. Please help RAVE make soccer accessible to more communities, and more people like Wasie and Haron by donating to RAVE today.

Thank you for your generosity.