8 DAYS LEFT FOR $15K Match
TAMPA, FL (May 24, 2019) – Jordan Peloubet, a 17 year-old student at Tampa Prep, was born in Arusha, Tanzania. He played soccer with a ball made from pieces of plastic, bound tightly together with tape and on fields made of dirt and litter. Like many in his village, his options were limited and hope for a good education didn’t have a much better chance. But then he met Drew and Susan Peloubet and their family who were Americans traveling through Tanzania and Arusha in particular.
After a couple of trips back to his village, the Peloubets got to know Jordan better and a strong connection was formed, eventually leading to his adoption in 2014. Jordan has been back to Arusha where he visits family and plays with his friends, whom he often thinks of.
In speaking with his dad, Drew, he talked about how he wished he could do something for the children there who would not likely know the good fortune he had come to know in America. After talking through options and being convinced of his commitment, Jordan thought building a soccer field would bring hours of fun to kids who play there in very primitive conditions. Adults might find a way to use it too.
Eventually, the father-son duo was introduced to love.futbol, a non-profit organization that builds soccer fields in developing countries, providing a safe place for kids to play and a community gathering place for adults and families.
In December 2018, Peloubet launched his campaign and he’s looking at the finish line! After selling bracelets, going door-to-door, speaking to groups like Rotary and Kiwanis, selling raffle tickets and tracking down prizes, Jordan has secured a donor who has challenged the community to a $15K match. That means for every dollar given, the anonymous donor will match the contribution dollar for dollar. If funds should exceed the need, Jordan will use the money to buy soccer balls or uniforms and maybe even a small locker room too.
“Never could I have imagined how generous our Tampa community could be. I have learned so much and we are so close to the goal. It may sound strange but this field would mean everything to kids there and I could feel happy knowing I helped,” says Peloubet.
So far, Jordan has raised $85K of his $115K goal. With a successful match – love.futbol could be presenting the Arusha field in November 2019.
To donate, please visit https://lfarusha.org/
love.fútbol is a global non-profit that partners with and empowers vulnerable communities to create, reclaim and redefine sports spaces as sustainable platforms for social change.