SUMMIT, N.J. – The Connecticut College men's soccer team has teamed up with its peers at the other 10 NESCAC institutions to participate in "Stay Home, Play Together," a fundraiser to benefit Family Promise, the leading national nonprofit organization addressing the crisis of family homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each school's soccer team has selected three players to compete in an Xbox FIFA Tournament, which runs from May 1 – 17, and the Camels are being represented by sophomores Augie Djerdjaj, Aiden Scales, and Steve Yeonas. The Xbox video game console for the FIFA series being used to run the contest operates over the internet, enabling players in multiple locations to play the same game. Within the first week of the campaign, the group had already raised nearly $10,000.
"I am proud of our team and the NESCAC as a whole for working with Family Promise to raise awareness about the crisis of family homelessness caused during the COVID-19 pandemic," said head coach Reuben Burk. "It is much bigger than just video games, and I think we all recognize that. It is about raising money and awareness to support families who have been devastatingly affected by this pandemic. I think everyone recognized this as an important initiative and something much bigger than just our programs."
Family Promise serves families across the country who are battling homelessness by keeping them together, helping them find stable housing, and providing them with the skills and tools to achieve lasting independence.
"The NESCAC is an excellent league to be a part of because of things like this," added Burk. "It's great to be part of a community that sincerely tries to give back."
To learn more about the Family Promise nonprofit organization, click here.