DAHLONEGA, GA – The North Georgia College & State University men’s soccer team continued to spread smiles in the international community last week, this time in Central America in the country of Honduras.
“It is always a pleasure to help those that are in need, especially our brothers and sisters in Honduras,” North Georgia head coach Pat Parris said.
Parris partnered with Bethlehem Baptist Church, located just outside of Dahlonega, to distribute the North Georgia soccer jerseys to children in the village of Udie in Honduras.
“We have a responsibility to them and others in the world to help out when we can, and in turn, the mission work that is being conducted down there is for a greater purpose!”
The jerseys here handed out to a group of young boys ranging from 12-18 years of age who attend a local church and make up a soccer team that plays surrounding churches.
An interpreter explained to the children and the coach who the jerseys were from and what the “NGCSU” stood for on the front. The coach, who is also the pastor of the church, told the members of Bethlehem Baptist that the team would be renamed NGCSU.
“We are also honored that they took over our name "NGCSU" for their club team,” Parris concluded.
This is the second jersey donation made to an international community this year by the men’s soccer program, as current player Santiago Pinzon was able to donate uniforms to an institution in San Joaquin, a small town in Colombia.