Freekicks Backyard @ MacDonald Elementary, Vancouver BC
Freekicks.org took coaches Wes Knight, Ella Masar and Nigel Marples to MacDonald Elementary School and had a great time delivering four separate coaching sessions to over 50 students. Initially, the coaches found the experience quite challenging as the kids were cautious and weary of them. But by the end of the first session, the students had accepted the coaches into their circle and trusted that their intentions were pure and honest. During every session, the coaches shared personal stories of overcoming diversity throughout their lives and careers. Through this sharing, the students were able to relate - and afterwards, approached many of the coaches individually to share back some of the issues that they are faced with in their day-to-day lives. With this bonding process, deep friendships were made and the kids were excited to have Freekicks.org be a part of their school. As the sessions drew to a close, the students made Freekicks.org staff a thank you letter and were sad to see the coaches leave. Freekicks.org returned to MacDonald in the Spring 2015 to present the students with brand new uniforms as a surprise gift - updated photos are now below.