An Opportunity of a Lifetime: A Trip to London!
At this moment right now, there is no question of what my favorite sport is. My favorite sport is the sport that draws in fans from around the world. And as I said previously, it is the sport that turns off the world’s problem for a full month to celebrate and enjoy a wonderful event known as the World Cup. That sport, of course, is fútbol (otherwise known as soccer) and I can not get enough of it. I love the emotion that is brought with playing it, as if the game that you’re playing is the last of your life. I love the way it transcends culture borders, giving all countries from Jamaica to Japan a chance to enjoy themselves. I love the wave of jubilance felt when you score a goal for your team, as your teammates rush to you to share the moment. And on top of this,I love the friendships and bonds formed by going through hardships and triumphs with your team. Basically, I love soccer in a lot of ways. But probably one of the most valuable things about soccer is that it can open doors to opportunities that you may have never been able to experience. For this reason, I am writing this post for you today.
Currently, I am part of a club soccer team in Atlanta, officially named the U15 “Inter Atlanta FC 99Elite.” We are a great team full of kids like me who just want to keep getting better at what we love. Personally, I love every minute of it, for not only am I getting better, but I can also spend some time with some pretty cool guys as well as a cool coach.The reason I bring this up is because this summer, my team and I have the chance to make it to London, England, and work with some of the English Premier League’s biggest soccer teams: Fulham FC and Chelsea FC! Both being located in London, my team will be able to train with these teams and watch them perform live. We will be staying in London for a total of 10 days, and will also get to experience the cultural landmarks that London has to offer. This includes seeing Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral and many more things. It truly is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I am truly privileged to be given this chance. But there is one problem:
I need some money.
Now my parents are willing to pay for the flight to London, but I need to pay for room and board, as well as other possible expenses. This is a total of around 2000 dollars, which needs to be made by the trip ( the last week in July). This is where I am asking you to come in. But do not get me wrong, for this is not a charity case.
You see, I am all about giving the point-of-view from a teenage African American boy in the world that we live in today. It has been my mission ever since I started thedarkerlens.com. and I plan on sticking to it. As a writer, I am always trying to expand my views on how the world thinks of me and people like me. And so far, I can only speak of incidences and experiences that I have living in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. I was fortunate enough to go to Ghana, West Africa, a couple of years ago. Europe seems to be different. In Europe there are customs, traditions, behaviors, and history that are very different than what Americans are used to. For example, although there was still slavery in the British Caribbean, slavery ended more than 50 years before it did in America! But in contrast to that, England has also been guilty of having moments similar to Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis with the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 (whose killers where just found two years ago). So due to these things as well as others, I feel like the race relations in this foreign country could be interesting to experience. This experience could definitely aid my writing in many ways.
I also feel like this is an opportunity for black kids like me to see that the world is much bigger than what they think it is. I often interact with people from school or other places, who see their lives and careers only through the lens of their home town! They simply do not know how large the world is, and how many opportunities it can give you. By going on this trip and telling everyone I know about it, hopefully my peers will realize this.
So with that being said, it would be more than appreciated for you to help me out in my hopes of making it to England. I promise to post an in-depth account of my experience to show you what it is like. I will bring you the sights, the interactions, and especially the relation between black and white Europeans. This is something that a lot of people (especially kids of color) do not get the chance of doing, and for that reason I am trying to seize the moment when it arrives. So please help out for not only a soccer player trying to get better, but also for an inquisitive teeager who would like to know what life is like across the pond. Below you can find a link to donate.