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As Americans, we are fortunate to have opportunities and access to things that other places in the world simply do not. We’re incredibly lucky. We at Knox Sports like to recognize our surpluses by giving back to those that are less fortunate.
Knox Sports is a family. The company is named after Paul’s son, and the employees here are as close as any family could be. Our family feels very privileged that we have been able to travel to Central America a few times now, and hopefully make a difference in a place that needs assistance.
In 2007, 2009 and 2011, the Knox Sports Team traveled to Tegucigalpa, Honduras and in 2014 we went to Costa Rica in 2016 we headed back to Honduras. We partnered with a Christian organization in this impoverished capital city that has established children-centered missions in three of the most challenged areas. Most kids in this country come from single parent homes and do not attend school after 10 years old. These missions use the allure of soccer to encourage wayward kids to come in. In addition to Christian and secular education, attendees are guaranteed one free meal per day and complimentary medical attention. Our small semi-annual contribution is to outfit all these kids in new soccer gear! In our CA trips, we typically collect and donate about 500 new soccer uniforms, balls and other gear for these amazing kids.
In addition to the soccer outreach, the Knox Sports team also put their limited skills to work on some other worthwhile projects in Honduras. In 2007, we helped prepare an Aids House for kids for their first tenants. In 2009, we put the finishing touches on the boy’s wing of an orphanage and spent two days redecorating a rural school. In 2011, we assisted in building an indoor soccer field and headed back to the school we worked with in 2009 to provide school supplies and outdoor sports equipment.
In 2014, we went to Costa Rica and worked at a school in the Cloud Forest region. In addition to the uniform and equipment donation, we were able to completely transform their gymnasium with paint, floor lining and installed new basketball and volleyball goals.
In 2016, during our Honduran return, we continued our efforts for the youth in Tegucigalpa. We were able to donate over 500 uniforms to four villages throughout the city and hosted a soccer tournament for the children of these neighborhoods. Along with our youth outreach we partnered with a local community and assisted in building a new, safe home for a man and his family of five.