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Waltham-based soccer club donates soccer balls to youths at JP organization

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  February 28, 2014 03:40 PM

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The Waltham-based Massachusetts chapter of Global Premier Soccer, a youth soccer organization, donated soccer balls to the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain today for the kids to play with on the site's soccer field.

The Italian Home for Children helps children of all nationalities between 4 and 14 years old with emotional and behavioral needs, according to the organization.

The organization was established in 1918 by Franciscan sisters who devoted their lives to raising and teaching thousands of children. As decades passed, the organization shifted its focus as the needs of the children arriving there reflected more complex crises.

"At GPS, we pride ourselves in being part of the local community," said Izabella Miranda, the soccer league's marketing manager. "Our philosophy is focused towards helping with the development of deserving young people and we cannot think of anything that epitomizes this more."

The soccer organization also has an inner-city initiative in Massachusetts, where they provide low-income communities the chance to play soccer.

For more information, visit the soccer organization's official website.

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