By Julia Quanrud
What is the best thing to come out of this year’s World Cup? Landon Donovan’s last-minute goal that sent the US to the knockout round at the head of its group? News that the well-positioned French team went on strike, is going home early after losing the group stage, and has a head coach that used astrological signs to select players? The vuvuzela?
Here in Minnesota, it might be a low-cost soccer camp designed to teach kids about the countries participating in the World Cup while playing soccer and watching the World Cup matches. The camp is the product of a Macalester College junior, supported by a grant from Macalester’s Institute for Global Citizenship.
Essentially, the idea is to foster global citizenship and soccer skills among local youth by harnessing the frenzy of the world cup and making it accessible and interesting to kids. The success of the project has been well-documented by the media (see the article in the Pioneer Press, and interviews with KARE 11 and WCCO Radio).
As an avid fan of the US soccer team (USA! USA!), and a former Macalester soccer player, I could not be more excited about this project. What’s really fascinating about this project, however, is that it’s a student-led, institution-supported collaboration that is both innovative and timely. Minnesota Campus Compact believes that these kinds of collaborations lead to exciting, impactful projects such as projects supported by our CASE grants (see here and here).
To support future projects, Minnesota Campus Compact just announced the new Collaborating for Change Mini-Grants. Sponsored by State Farm, these $1,000 mini-grants will support innovative and promising campus-community partnerships that address important public issues and engage students in project development and leadership.
Look for details on the Collaborating for Change Mini-Grant program soon at www.mncampuscompact.org. In the meantime, I’m going to get back to building my shrine to Landon Donovan and cheering on the US team as they take on Ghana. USA! USA!