DAHLONEGA, GA – While the North Georgia men's soccer team was in the middle of a stretch that saw the team go unbeaten in seven straight contests, a trio of players were simultaneously promoting a winning attitude in the community by organizing soccer clinics for Compassion in Action.
For the last eight years, local churches, ministries, and non-profit organizations from around the Atlanta area have teamed up to serve the community in an event called Compassion in Action.
"Compassion in Action is a huge event for the Norcross community," men's soccer head coach Pat Parris said. "Being able to have our players be a part of this event is very humbling and fulfilling,"
In October, North Georgia soccer players Stan Soulen, Jose Pindeo, and Andre Brunelli all attended the event to help organize soccer clinics, one of over 200 separate community engagement projects being held throughout the weekend.
"It was a very humbling and rewarding experience," freshman forward Andre Brunelli said. "Going into the weekend I was volunteering to help out all the boys and girls in the community, but by the end I was the one who ended up being blessed."
Compassion in Action takes place annually the first weekend in October and combines the efforts of over 50 churches, organizations such as Hands on Atlanta, Gwinnett Great Days of Service, and over 30,000 volunteers in a huge effort to bring love, service, and transformation to the city of Atlanta.
During the event, families of the children had the opportunity to enjoy food, pick up free groceries, and have medical needs attended to. The children had a chance to participate in football and soccer clinics and enjoy free coaching from college athletes.
"The smiles on their faces put a smile on my face, Brunelli said. "I was very blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of this event."
Compassion in Action has identified four strategic areas they hope to see citywide transformation: poverty, education, justice & family. During the weekend these volunteers united together to pull off the service projects around Atlanta. Projects include: neighborhood food drives, framing houses for families in need, landscaping, painting, or facilities clean up. They also held apartment block parties, furniture donations, and projects at public schools.
Compassion in Action's slogan, "Recognizing the dignity of every person" is carried out on a daily basis and needs the help of volunteers and financial gifts. Click here to visit the official home of Compassion in Action and help them continue to change lives.