Juba Star Football Club, an affiliate of the non-profit Somali Bantu Community Association of Vermont, works to expand access to soccer and equitable play in the state. They've built a remarkable community asset through the beautiful game and are seeking help to finance their operations this season. The Vermont Green Football Club is working with them to raise money to fund their participation in the Louisville International Outdoor Cup, a Somali-led tournament hosting top talent from around the country.
Juba Star Football Club is a Somali Bantu-led organization that has operated in the state since 2006. The organization was established to provide a safe space for the growth and development of former refugee and immigrant youth in Vermont. The club has expanded over the years, hosting players who have immigrated from Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Yemen, Nepal, Sudan, Burundi, as well as players born in the United States. The organization runs free soccer clubs for youth and adults, ages 14 and older, and provides assistance with transportation to games and practices, which can often be a significant barrier for participation in immigrant communities.
Juba Star is also more than just a soccer club. The volunteer staff provide career and academic mentorship and social support for youth. The mission of the organization is to create an environment where players can develop to their fullest potential, building the skills needed to grow and self-actualize as citizens. Their work has translated into success on and off the pitch, whether that’s winning a local men’s league soccer championship or seeing mentees go on to pursue a college education and careers in public service, including two players who have become police officers.
As a brand new minor league soccer club, Vermont Green Football Club believes partnering with Juba Star FC is essential to build roots in Vermont and make progress on the Club’s environmental justice mission and anti-racism commitments.
Please join us in supporting this fantastic organization that continues to make our communities more inclusive, safe, and comfortable for historically underrepresented Vermonters. Soccer is a powerful platform to advance their mission, as it provides a space where anyone can thrive, no matter their socioeconomic status, ethnicity, or nationality. Help us thrive together!
In addition to the online fundraiser, Vermont Green FC is hosting an exhibition match against Juba Star FC on June 12 at 7pm at UVM’s Virtue Field. Tickets will be available for purchase and part of the proceeds will go to the Juba Stars organization.