MBS junior Ethan Chestnut-Stein ’22 and his sister Haley are spearheading a community service project, “Kicking for Belize,” to collect soccer equipment for Garifuna children in the town of Dangriga, Belize.
“The Kicking for Belize” project aims to give children who otherwise would not have access to soccer equipment a means to play soccer,” said Ethan Chestnut-Stein, whose sister has been a soccer enthusiast from an early age. Ethan noted how Haley’s soccer equipment had to be replaced – often three times a year. He became motivated to see how this equipment could be used to help children in Belize.
“Our family was introduced to the Garifuna community through a family friend, Melissa Trotter, who is the CEO of Kultural Vibes & Motivations,” said Ethan. “The Garifuna are the descendants of the indigenous Arawak, Island Carib and African slaves who were exiled from their homeland by Europeans colonists. The Garifuna migrated to Belize, Guatemala and Nicaragua in the early 1800s and have established their historical community. However, the high poverty rate in Belize deters many from purchasing anything beyond the necessities. Our collaboration contributes towards the Kultural Vibes & Motivations’ mission of community service and the preservation of the Garifuna culture.”
Ethan and Haley are also teaming with Lt. Robert Mariano of Dangriga and the SFL Soccer Club to collect and distribute the soccer equipment.
Collection dates are scheduled for Saturday, January 16 and Saturday, January 23, and the equipment will be flown to Belize in February. Donations may be dropped off at 349 Turrell Avenue in South Orange. You may also email Ethan directly to have donations picked up.
Thank you for your generosity!