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Girls Soccer Worldwide Ambassador for Change Leaders from the Tri-Valley enjoy new friendships in Coronel Bogado, Paraguay.

Girls Soccer Worldwide has equipped female high school athletes from Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin to become Ambassador for Change Leaders over the past four years. Through sports, they help to break the cycle of poverty by empowering female student athletes in international rural areas to be strong leaders in their own communities and become a voice for change, on and off the field. These Bay Area girls help raise their own funds to travel abroad to a rural area in South America where they promote the importance of equality in sports and education. They lead empowerment workshops, coach soccer clinics, and volunteer in local schools to provide the tools of confidence, courage and character that are so needed for young girls who have limited opportunities. Returning to California, local girls have not only experienced life from a different perspective, but they have developed the gift of empathy.

Paraguay is listed as one of the poorest countries in South America, and when families are faced with the struggles of poverty, receiving a proper education is often set aside in order to provide what is needed at home. In rural areas, only 45% of students complete school past grade 6; girls tend to lose this opportunity first. Through Girls Soccer Worldwide’s Kicking It For Education campaign, continued schooling can be achieved by ensuring basic needs are met — one family at a time.

The entire Tri-Valley community has a fun opportunity to support an international effort of equality, empowerment and education. The Aquatic Park in Pleasanton is the site of the 3rd Annual Sweat 4A Cause event, hosted by Prodigy Fitness Performance, on Saturday, July 27, from 7 - 10 a.m. The entire family can register for a fun 30-minute workout, join in silent auction and raffles, meet the 2019 Girls Soccer Worldwide Ambassadors, enjoy a cup of coffee, and experience a community-filled morning in the park.

Two Maids & A Mop of Livermore is partnering with Girls Soccer Worldwide for the fundraising event. As part of the silent auction, Two Maids & A Mop of Livermore will be offering a free cleaning to the highest bidder.

For more information about Girls Soccer Worldwide visit girlssoccerworldwide.org. To learn more about and register for the Sweat 4A Cause fundraiser, visit prodigyfitness-sweat4acause.com/optin22288780.