I can't imagine my childhood without organized sports. The highlights of my weekends seemed to be running around with my friends and what the parents would bring for a post-game snack. MPI provides the opportunity for girls in our community to be a part of a soccer team which meets every Friday for three hours of soccer practice, and 15-20 girls regularly join us each week. Play may be interrupted by squeals of laughter as one of the girls nearly misses a soccer ball to the head, or choruses of "¿estás bien?" when a player trips and falls, or an eruption of smiles and cheer as a goal is scored.
This past Friday, we gathered the girls for a Premio Pool Party at the Manna house to show our appreciation for their constant enthusiasm and to reward their efforts with the team. Premios (prize in Spanish) were distributed to the girls based on last year's attendance and included a selection of tennis shoes and athletic apparel. Two of the girls had perfect attendance and were additionally rewarded with soccer balls!
|Tatiana slides into the water!|
|Megan and Norma Alta sizing up their games.|