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Apr, 2018

Game Changers

Shawn Williams can't help but let out a laugh when he talks about how much Coastal Outreach Soccer has grown. What started out 13 years ago as a joint effort between the Glynn County School System, Brunswick Recreational Department, and volunteers to provide a positive after-school program for students in the Head Start Program has morphed into one of the area's most productive charitable initiatives.

Coastal Outreach Soccer

"We've kind of controlled the growing until this year," says Williams, the executive director. "We went from having 65 kids in the program to having 184 kids in the program this year. We're not turning a kid away. We will figure it out."

It is that mentality that has allowed to program to help kids who otherwise wouldn't have access to a sport that can be expensive with the number of camps and travel teams out there. Then, there's getting to all the games and tournaments, which sometimes require overnight stays.

Coastal Outreach Soccer has worked to remove those barriers for the young athletes. "We went out and recruited some other players who weren't part of Head Start," Williams says. ”As we looked at it, there was still a group of kids that had no access to soccer, whether it was transportation, money, or lack of knowledge of the sport. We saw it as a way of being able to engage those youth that were not at the time being introduced to the sport.”