Writer: Clara H.
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Other than participating in service clubs in school, many ISM students are also involved in service groups outside of school, whether it be their own service club that they created, or existing service organizations that they joined.
Senior Jose A. founded his own service club in 2017 called #mygoalmydream, which is a passion project stemming from Jose’s love for football. By promoting the values of sportsmanship, camaraderie, respect, and friendship, through football clinics and friendly tournaments, he aims to empower children of servicemen and servicewomen whose lives are affected by war. His organization is affiliated with Football for Peace and supported by the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
When asked about how #mygoalmydream was established, he answered, “I was football teammates with the son of a lieutenant colonel in the Philippine Marine Corps, so he connected me with his father, who helped, in turn, to connect me with personnel within the military corps. We were able to secure the use of facilities and round up the first batch of kids at our initial event.”
The first football clinic saw 30 kids in attendance, all of whom were children of military personnel. Since then, Jose has hosted five more charity football events for more than 400 children affected by civil strife in Mindanao. Jose said, “Every event requires up to USD1,000 (PHP50,000) worth of solicited funds. This is done through offering sponsorship deals with our chief sponsors, Jollibee and Havianas.” Not only was Jose able to get big companies to sponsor his group, but he was also able to get big names in the local football community to be involved, such as former Philippine Azkals players Simon Greatwich and Anton Del Rosario, and former Kaya FC Head Coach Noel Marcaida. He also managed to obtain international coaches from all over the world to volunteer at his footballing events.
In addition to running football clinics, in 2019, #mygoalmydream also donated over 100-kilograms worth of football equipment to these children!
Through his project #mygoalmydream, Jose was able to use his strength and passion for football to help the local Filipino community in a very meaningful way.