Women’s Soccer Partners with Universal Promise


de>GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Gettysburg College women’s soccer team is partnering with a nonprofit called Universal Promise to build a playground for 500 children in rural South Africa.

For over six years, the Bullets have been involved with the Universal Promise, a non-profit organization started in 2011 by Martha Cummings, an alumna of Bryn Mawr College. Throughout the years, the Bullets have donated uniforms, soccer balls, warmups, shoes, and other equipment to the girls, boys, women, and men to wear for netball and soccer tournaments in South Africa.  

“I passionately believe in giving back,” said head coach Matt Garrett. “Specifically to a game that has given me, and the team, so much in our lives.

Recently, the Bullets teamed up with Cummings to assist in raising money to build a brand new playground for the children in South Africa. The goal is to raise $20,000.

Senior Paige Merz (Kensington, Md./St. John’s College), junior Grace Slevin (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox), and sophomore Jayne McGrath (Lawrenceville, N.J./The Pennington School) are spearheading this program project for the Bullets with their eyes set on being able to take a team trip down to South Africa in the future. 

Universal Promise’s stated mission is to “provide individuals and institutions in underserved regions with the academic resources needed to ensure educational and career opportunities that will promote just, civil, and hopeful societies.”

“Being a head coach of the Gettysburg women’s soccer program and father to two daughters, it is an important message to me to promote female equality, strength, and independence through soccer,” said Garrett. “Everyone in the world should be given an equal opportunity in life.”

If you would like to make a donation, please click here.


This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

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