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Wheaton Academy takes goodwill trip

Posted by ssbg on January 6, 2006

from the Chicago Sun Times:  http://suntimes.com/output/prep/cst-spt-wheat06.htm 

January 6, 2006                 

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When current and former members of the Wheaton Academy soccer program boarded a plane at O’Hare on Tuesday night, those 15 people embarked on a 10-day trip that will help change the lives of countless residents in Zambian communities throughout Africa that are devastated by the AIDS pandemic.

Wheaton Academy boys soccer coach Chip Huber led a soccer collection over the past year in conjunction with World Vision’s “Get a Kick Out of Sharing” initiative.

Huber’s group will distribute game balls, pumps, uniforms and shoes and will play matches and hold educational clinics.

“It will be a phenomenal experience, but it’s difficult at the same time because of what you see,” Huber said before departing. “But we’re pretty excited about the soccer angle, and being able to connect with the people to do some of the AIDS education.”

More than 13 million children have lost one or both parents to the African AIDS pandemic, while 40 million people are estimated to be living with AIDS in Africa. In Zambia, 22 percent of people between the ages of 15 and 49 are infected with HIV/AIDS. Life expectancy has dropped to 30 years for the people in Zambia. In 1996, it was 45.

“We had a great response with our collection,” Huber said. “Opposing teams that we played and a number of youth organizations donated a lot.

“The Chicago Fire and Wheaton College gave us a number of game balls and other things. We plan to drop off a bag of 15 game balls in each community we visit.”

In August 2004, Huber took 12 players to Zambia for a two-week mission. During their stay, the group was able to build the village’s first schoolhouse.

They also built a residence for four teachers. The schoolhouse features three rooms, and it will play a big part in educating future generations about the reality and impact of AIDS.

“‘We built that schoolhouse in the village of Kakolo,” Huber said. “They named it Wheaton School in Kakolo Village. The community welcomed us like we were the president. Hundreds and hundreds of people sang songs about Wheaton Academy by beating tribal drums, dancing and giving us gifts that included live chickens. It really was a life-changing experience.”

Besides for the school, the group also helped the village put in a new well, provided food security for the next year and gave resources to 525 families to grow gardens for additional food.

“This shows high school kids are doing something rather extraordinary and tackling a major world issue in a serious way,” Huber said. “This truly defines what life is all about — beyond the soccer field.”

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2 Responses to “Wheaton Academy takes goodwill trip”

  1. Steve, Head Sheep said

    Awesome testimony. Incorporating soccer and health education into the Great Commission, very cool. My wife and I used to live not far from Wheaton in Glendale Heights. It’s neat to read about what youth are doing to minister to others, though like the article states, there’s blessing going both ways.

  2. Oh my goodness. a remarkable report dude. Thank you However I am experiencing trouble with ur rss.. Do not know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anyone getting identical rss problem? Anyone who knows kindly answer. Thnkx

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