We had the great pleasure of meeting Andy Apostol earlier this year in October, when we supported the girl’s Razkal football team with football shoes, football pants, t-shirts, shorts, socks, and long-sleeved footballs shirts. As well as pencil crayons and a couple soft toys! A very big thank you to Katarina Magnusson and Waldemar Schettini for donating the football pants, long-sleeved shirts, socks, pencil crayons and soft toys to us.
Andy had to ship the items to Mohon, Philippines and has informed us that all the football gear has now made it to the Philippines to the Razkals football teams. We are so happy that both the girl’s and boy’s teams can start using the football apparel! They also distributed the coloring pencils to the children at the local public elementary school! We are so thrilled to see that the items we supported them with have now made it, and are being put to good use! Great work Andy!!
Andy is originally from the Philippines and helps to support the girl’s football team, as the boy’s team is supported by a local business man. The girls and boys Razkals teams were first created in 2009 by Andy and his high school friends Ronan and Rhosner. The boys team is coached by Rhosner while the girls team is coached by Ronan. To join and play in the team is free for the players.
They wanted to start a girl’s football team to allow underprivileged girls the opportunity to play sports instead of going down the path of drugs and to hopefully give them the chance to get a scholarship through football. The girl’s Razkal team has given the girl’s life skills in leadership, teamwork skills, self-discipline and is teaching them how to work hard.
They do not have a football field to practice on, as it can be costly, and they do not receive funding, as well there are not a lot of football fields in the area. They practice on a church parking lot made from dirt. Throughout the practice the girls must move out of the way to allow cars to enter and leave the parking lot. The team consists of 15 core girls, who come to every practice, but on some occasions the practice can have up to 40 girls, as the team is open and free to all girls. Every Saturday the team practices for 2-3 hours and throughout the week depending on their upcoming game or tournament.
During this month the girl’s team will be playing for regionals. They are expecting the girl’s to be on top until they go to Nationals. We know that they will work very hard, and are wishing them all the luck in their upcoming games!!