NEWS AND UPDATES

2016 Training Camp Recap

After a week in Östersund, Darfur United ended its 2016 training camp with a plethora of successful accomplishments on and off the field.

Soccer Academy for Central African Republic Refugees Expands!

This blog was originally posted on iactivism.org. iACT is beyond proud to share that the Refugees United Soccer Academy - Central African Republic, located in a refugee site in Cameroon, is growing! This week, they registered another 46 boys and girls to reach a total...

The Message They Carry

This blog was written by Rudy Sanchez, Darfur United Assistant Coach.  During our stay, one of my tasks was to conduct a short interview where one of the questions asked the refugees what they missed most about their home in Darfur. Little to my surprise, the answer...

The Goal Without a Net

We’ve all come a long way in terms of distance traveled as players and as human beings. I still remember with vivid clarity the time we ran a football tryout, in the unlikely, apocalyptic setting of a refugee camp in Eastern Chad. If the truth be told, I had no idea...

The Ultimate Gift

We arrived in Ostersund with six staff members. If you ask the players, we will only be returning with five.  Mohammad Adam and Sadaam had a hint of sincerity when they jokingly told me the team is going to do "whatever it takes" to keep Coach Mark in Sweden at the...

Insights from DU Athletic Trainer

During the training camp here in Ostersund, Sweden, as in many football training camps around the world, one objective is to provide the highest standard of medical care.  Each player comes to see me--between on-field, snowy training sessions and team meals--in “the...

Darfur United Joy

We walk off of the plane and a nice, sharp cold hits us. This is not southern California, and it's definitely not eastern Chad. Östersund, Sweden might be an odd place for an all-refugee team from Darfur to meet up with its coaching and management team from the warm...

No More Silence

“If you look Amy in the eye, she may never stop talking!” A warm smile always cracks across my face when I hear this story. These words of caution were given to anyone who was in a rush or had somewhere to be when they happened to run into this chatty, confident...