For the last 10 years, L.A.C.E.S. has come alongside vulnerable children and communities providing mentorship-based sports programs. Forty-one percent of the world’s refugees are children and have faced war, violence, persecution and trauma. Upon arrival in the United States, refugee children are met with continued barriers to education, English language acquisition, bullying and cultural adjustment.
Sport is a tool that builds and heals relationships in a fun and interactive way. Sport can reduce stress, stimulate mental well-being, and promote social integration and overall physical wellness. In response, L.A.C.E.S. has developed three areas of intervention: sports camps, soccer leagues and community development workshops.