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Xtreme Academy and Soccer Team

Xtreme Academy and Soccer Team

The Xtreme Academy is a comprehensive life skills program that addresses the needs of at-risk boys in the Vaalwater community. What began as the Xtreme Soccer Team, the only under-20 Christian soccer team in the region, is now much more than a soccer team the group is a band of brothers. Xtreme Soccer Team - South AfricaUnder the leadership of executive director and coach, Xander Labuschagne, the organization now includes housing, education assistance, a feeding scheme, counseling, mentoring, and more. Programs that specifically address the needs of at-risk boys are rare, making Xtreme Academy's program, and its successful outcomes, even more significant.

Xtreme Academy works to empower these young men with dignity, a sense of self-worth and physical well-being, using the discipline of working as a team both on and off the field. Xtreme Academy provides a highly structured program, making the team members accountable for their actions in school, on the soccer pitch, and in their personal lives. As members of Xtreme Academy, the boys learn life skills to enable them to make informed choices and set goals for their future. The Wilson Foundation is proud to help provide operating support for Xtreme Academy and Soccer Team, and to sponsor one team member's living expenses in the team hostel.

Several Xtreme Soccer team members have now graduated from high school and have received bursaries (scholarships) to attend university. Their success serves as inspiration to the other boys and underscores Xtreme's winning model of faith, a stable living environment and accountability to the group to uphold the team's values and principles.

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There are many ways you can support our efforts to bring help and hope to the children of South Africa. While we receive many generous offers to donate products, supplies and other items, the cost to ship these items to South Africa is often prohibitive. Therefore, we encourage monetary donations to help meet local needs.

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