SEATTLE,WA—Soccer Without Borders uses soccer to foster inclusion and support newcomer refugee and immigrant youth as they integrate into their new communities and build their English language skills. This mission made Seattle World School a perfect fit for the city’s first program.
“For the World School, it’s our first expression of having programming in Seattle, so we’re brand-new in Seattle essentially,” said Lindsey Whitford, director of Soccer Without Borders Seattle.
Whitford grew up playing soccer in Capitol Hill, she said, and is returning to Seattle after spending five years directing SWB in Boston.
The Seattle World School is Seattle Public Schools’ entry point for immigrant students, who have long wanted a soccer program, but past efforts had been unsuccessful.
“The World School emerged as both a high-need and high-opportunity area because it’s 100 percent newcomer youth, and they don’t have an athletic program,” Whitford said.