Purple Rain Donates Soccer Gear to Communities in West Africa
Purple Rain Soccer club players, Jessica Lewis and Evie Laney, organized a donation drive for our club. Both girls are juniors at St Mary’s School and have played Purple Rain soccer since they were in elementary school. Over the years they had collected a large mass of soccer gear and uniforms that were still in great shape, but no longer fit. They knew that other girls in the club must be in the same situation; there were a lot of purple uniforms in closets and drawers that could be used by someone else.
They decided to organize a donation drive to collect old uniforms, cleats, shin guards and balls. They knew that there were players out there who needed the gear, so they did some research and found the organization, Peace Passers. “Peace Passers achieves its mission by connecting people with plentiful access to gear to places where gear supplies are limited. By connecting equipment donors to other non-profit agencies, faith based ministries, and community organizations soccer reaches people and places that would otherwise not have access to the game.”
Jessica reached out to Peace Passers and then reached out to the club to donate their gear that had been outgrown. This spring at our Purple Rain Camp and at tryouts, they had collection bins for players to bring donations. Our families cleaned out their closets and showed their support! We collected 36 pairs of cleats, 17 pairs of shin guards, 9 pairs of goalie gloves, 7 goalie jerseys, 3 balls, 35 pairs of purple socks, 20 white jerseys, 29 purple jerseys, 14 purple/white sleeveless jerseys, 10 pair of white shorts and 19 purple shorts.
Peace Passers put Jessica in contact with the Southern Eye Institute in Memphis who organizes container shipments from TN to reach communities in Sierra Leone in West Africa. All of our Purple Rain gear will be used by players in a youth sports clinic in Serabu, Sierra Leone.
Congratulations Coach Cristi for being with Purple Rain for 10 years!
Former '95 receives blanket for 8 years as player and 2 as coach
Coach Cristi Gold was honored last night at her practice with the 2005 girls in a surprise ceremony led by her former Coach of 8 years Rene Bustamante. Cristi played eight years under Coach Rene with the '95s having started when she was just 10 years old. Coach Rene shared several stories of Cristi's brilliance as a player which the '05 girls celebrated wildly. It was noted that Coach Cristi is the very first 10 year recipient to combine service years as both a player and a coach. Thanks for your time with PR Coach Cristi!
Two Purple Rain players make TSSAA All State Girl's Soccer team
Olivia House and Emily Montgomery selected to prestigious squad!
Purple Rain is proud to announce that Olivia House and Emily Montgomery both made the TSSAA All State Soccer team for the fall 2015 season. Olivia plays for Coach Maggie Leone-Glaser with the PR 2000 squad which she has played on for the last 7 years. She led St Mary's to a successful run to the sub state tournament where they lost in the quarter finals. Congratulations Olivia! Emily Montgomery plays for Coach Rene Bustamante's 98 PR squad and stars on defense for Munford High School. Emily suffered a horrible knee injury last fall that had her wondering if she might even play again. Not only did she play again, she came back to make All State only a year later! Way to go Emily!!!