As a club that is already high-functioning in many aspects, the inclusion of a community service platform will only expand on the values that the OP Soccer club instills in its players.
Ideally, larger volunteer projects will draw in multiple teams and foster a tighter sense of community within the immediate club.
GOALS4CAUSE was instituted and inspired by one particular OP team, the 2020 U19 OP Select Girls. This team has been playing together for about 10 years and has openly welcomed new members and sadly said goodbye to others. Even though the roster has slightly fluctuated, the bond that this team retains represents the pinnacle of camaraderie.
As a player on the team, I can personally attest to the fact that volunteer service has significantly transformed our team dynamic for the better. Throughout my six years as a player, the various service projects that this team has completed has left us feeling a type of fulfillment that cannot be attained through a perfect first touch or pass. We had found a new purpose together, one that might not have been on the field but was equally as important.
Incorporating volunteer service into all of our travel teams is a significant benefit that enhances team unity and personal fulfillment. The act of volunteering will bring teammates closer together and foster tighter camaraderie. Even though these bonds are not being formed on the pitch, they will transcend into the team’s play through relationships and communication.