"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 with a tax-deductible year-end gift.

Thank you for your generosity.


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A Fundraiser by Geoff Nester Memorial Fund


A Note From Geoff Nester Memorial Fund

Geoff had a passion for soccer, was an avid Sounders fan, and eager to give others a helping hand. In particular, he had an enthusiasm for working with kids through sports, and was a role model to children and adults alike. To honor his legacy, The Geoff Nester Memorial Fund has been established in partnership with RAVE Foundation, the official charitable arm of Seattle Sounders FC. All donations to this fund will go directly toward sponsoring a RAVE/Sounders FC Academy soccer camp which will provide students in need with a positive soccer training experience and lessons in leadership, competition, teamwork and fun. This summer, the RAVE soccer camp located in Lake City will be fully sponsored by the Geoff Nester Memorial Fund. 100% of your donation, regardless of the amount you choose to give, will go toward this cause. Thank you for your part in honoring Geoff's memory.
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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 with a tax-deductible year-end gift.

Thank you for your generosity.