San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 31, 2012
Kicking Blog Michael Husted.com interviews National Camp Series (NCS) Associate Tom Feely of Athletics, on his recent trip to Haiti in an effort to help Haitian youth through the World Ministries Football Club.
In the interview, Feely says the World Ministries Football Club was founded by his son John Feely in an effort to help encourage young people of Haiti towards continued education and involvement in sports.
“Immediately following the earthquake in Haiti two years ago, my second son John went to Haiti to volunteer at the Mission of Hope,” says Feely.
“Upon returning from that experience, John collaborated with the Mission of Hope to start his own organization called the World Ministries Football Club. They have partnered with the Mission of Hope to host four day soccer camps in the town of Titanyen, Haiti.”
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Feely says the funding for the World Ministries Football Club has come from the Feely Family Foundation which focuses on the protection, education, and rehabilitation of children. The foundation sponsors the World Ministries Football Club and grants scholarships based on financial need, educational achievement, and community service.
“The goal of the World Ministries Football Club is to encourage and support players to pursue educational and playing opportunities beyond high school,” says Feely. “This includes assisting each player in exploring opportunities beyond high school and enabling or providing scholarships to overcome the financial barriers.”
Tom Feely knows something about both education and football.
Feely earned his B.A. at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul with a double major in Physical Education and Social Sciences in 1974. He began his career teaching and coaching in Minnesota. After his first two seasons as a varsity high school football coach he already had back to back state championships on his coaching resume (New Prague High School).
He has been coaching football every year since he began in 1974 (33 years), serving as head coach, offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, and special teams coordinator. He currently is the Special Teams Coordinator at Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida.
Feely says this most recent trip to Haiti served as a reminder how much ‘need’ there is in the world, and just how fortunate he, and his family, are.
“I never dreamed poverty could be this bad,” says Feely. “Many entire families in Haiti lived in tents or a makeshift structure of Tarps for walls and tin roofs. The biggest problem is lack of drinking water. Things we take for granted are just not there, such plumbing, toilets, even electricity is hard to find anywhere. Health issues are as abundant as are the rats.”
“The first thing I did when I came home was return to the school I work at to search through an entire room full of abandoned clothing about to be thrown out and took out all the pairs of shoes,” says Feely. “Tennis shoes, running shoes, cleats, any and all kinds of shoes that were left behind at the end of the school year. Haitian children simply are too poor to own shoes. I decided to make it my mission to collect shoes to send to them in Haiti.”
Feely says trips like this continue to inspire the Feely family ‘tradition’ of using sports as a vehicle to help and encourage others.
“My sons –Tom, Jay, John, and Ryan- and I are all committed in our mission to share with the athletes we are privileged to encounter, not only the skills of kicking and punting,” says Feely. “But more importantly, the attitudes and values that help make young people become successful at whatever they dream to accomplish.”
And for the Feely family, this includes the young athletes in Haiti
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