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Established in 2002, REACH (RushEquipmentAssistingChildren) is a Rush Soccer initiative that allows every Rush player to make a difference for the game that we love on a global scale. The REACH Program collects your used uniforms, soccer equipment and soccer balls at a local level and then redistributes them to our International Rush / REACH Partner Clubs as well as other underprivileged children around the nation and the globe. So the answer to the question 'What is REACH?' is REACH IS YOU!

Since the launch of the REACH Program in 2002 Rush Soccer has distributed hundreds of thousands of pieces of soccer gear to more than 30 developing countries around the world. From tsunami victims and Russian orphans, to the children of war-torn Iraq or HIV-ravaged southern Africa, REACH has given thousands of kids a chance to enjoy the game.

How does REACH work?

Rush Soccer is the biggest soccer club in the world with over 34,000 registered players or “members”. High levels of membership have created a large supply of used soccer uniforms and equipment. Seeking to capitalize on the opportunity to redistribute these uniforms with needy communities around the globe, Rush Soccer has established a standard process for managing the program. The steps below describe a typical uniform collection process that would take place over a one-year period.

 Partners and Volunteers

The success of the REACH Program has hinged on strong partnerships and the contributions of countless volunteers across the United States. Rush has worked closely with partners such as the US Navy’s Project Handclasp, ISTAT-AirLink, and FedEx to ensure that soccer gear is safely and cost-effectively shipped to locations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. As demand for gear continues to increase, we look forward to expanding our partnership base.

Essential to the program are REACH “Ambassadors”, Rush players who often volunteer hundreds of hours soliciting donations of gear and assisting with organizing and packing it for distribution overseas. Ambassador efforts are also supported by REACH Volunteer Coordinators who represent each of the Rush clubs around the US and play an active role in promoting and administering the program.

REACH News

Joe Davidson (AK Rush) Featured in NY Times Article

The Rush Send 13,000 Pieces of Equipment Abroad

Want to Get Involved?

We are always eager to receive donations of gently used gear. If you want to make a contribution, please abide by the following guidelines:

  • Due to the high costs of shipping, we ONLY accept soccer clothing and equipment. This includes: soccer jerseys, soccer shorts, cleats, shinguards, balls, nets, cones, goalie gear, and soccer socks. Please do not donate other types of sports equipment.
  • All clothing and equipment must be clean.
  • We cannot accept any clothing that is ripped, frayed, or has holes.
  • If you donate shoes or shinguards, please be sure to bundle each pair together with rubber bands or string.

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