We use football to bring people together, build trust, break down barriers and build friendships. This can take years. Or just 90 minutes.

Our trip to Camphill Village, a residential community and school that provides support for the education, employment, and daily lives of adults and children with developmental disabilities, mental health problems, or other special needs, was as rewarding for our players as it was for the Camphill residents.

We came together to play a game mixing both teams, there were shared moments of joy, frustration (mostly at Dali’s terrible refereeing) and of course exuberant goal celebrations leading to raucous laughter.

These moments of connection are profound. They teach us how similar we are and build empathy. When we play together that empathy is called team spirit and from there anything’s possible.

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