United States

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

Sports Camps

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.

Soccer Leagues

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.

Get Involved!

L.A.C.E.S. 2022 Volunteer Opportunities

Summer Sports Camps

Share in an adventure with refugee youth at the upcoming L.A.C.E.S. 2022 summer sports programs beginning in July! 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.

Refugee Youth Soccer Camp – July 25th through July 29th (8am – 12:30pm) 

“I would recommend to anyone the opportunity to volunteer with L.A.C.E.S.’ virtual Refugee Programs! As we all continue to cope with the challenges of the global pandemic and social isolation, volunteering with L.A.C.E.S. offered me the opportunity to take advantage of the resources in front of me to engage with kids in my community and, most importantly, to have lots of fun!”
Sammy Ventimiglia
2020 Virtual Volunteer
“Programming as a coach with L.A.C.E.S. was one of the most memorable and favorite experiences I have had with youth! There are so many diverse and unique personalities, interests, and quirks that make every day a new adventure. The planning that goes into the programming is so intentional, not only for the youth but also the coaches, which made the whole experience flow with ease.”
Sarah Kennedy
2020 Virtual Volunteer