L.A.C.E.S. Refugee Program
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 can reduce stress, stimulate mental well-being, and promote social integration and overall physical wellness.
Learn more about L.A.C.E.S. areas of intervention
L.A.C.E.S. launched its refugee program in July 2016 with a one-week soccer camp attended by forty-five kids ages 9-14 from fourteen different countries speaking seven different languages. The soccer camp focused on four of L.A.C.E.S. foundational values: self-esteem, teamwork, respect and fair play. Learn more about the impact of our sport’s camps on our blog and watch the video.
In November 2016, L.A.C.E.S. formed a team of twelve refugees and played in its first soccer league. Children participating in the leagues have an opportunity to develop their soccer skills, interact with their peers from various cultures and practice English language development. League participants come from five different countries and have arrived in the United States as little as four months prior.
L.A.C.E.S. 2022 Volunteer Opportunities
Spring Break Adventure Camp
Share in an adventure with refugee youth at the upcoming L.A.C.E.S. Spring Break Adventure Day on April 13! You will get to know young refugees ages 9-14 who have recently resettled in Greater Washington D.C area.
Space is limited so applying online does not guarantee participation.