Ahead of the World Cup, South African Soccer Dreams
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South African children play in a Dreamfields soccer tournament. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Boys in their school uniforms wait to suit up in their new soccer outfits, provided by the Dreamfields Project, and take part in a tournament in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Soccer cleats are included. Dreamfields is also building soccer fields in poor areas. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Sponsors contribute ‘Dream bags’ that hold 15 uniforms, 15 pairs of cleats (sizes provided by the coach), and three soccer balls. Students gathered to receive their new soccer ‘kit.’ Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Before the games began, newly outfitted players – sporting Dreamfields and corporate-sponsor logos – sang South Africa’s national anthem. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
South African children compete in their Dreamfields-sponsored uniforms. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
A team celebrated scoring a goal with an impromptu dance. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
Breakfast – consisting of a sweet roll and a juice box – was included for participants. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
The team that won this ‘Dream Event’ tournament displayed their medals, with ribbons the same colors as South Africa’s flag. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff
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BySinan Salaheddin, Associated Press
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