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Iraqi children to have a ball - Operation KickStart turns out to be wildly successful
Valley Press ^ | January 19, 2004 | RICH BREAULT

Posted on 01/19/2004 10:33:27 AM PST by BenLurkin

Operation KickStart, a community drive tasked with collecting donated soccer balls and other sports equipment for children in Iraq, has been an unparalleled success, organizers said. The response was so overwhelming that new arrangements have had to be made to send the items to Iraq.

The goal was to collect as many soccer balls as possible and send them to the U.S. Army's 160th Forward Surgical Team at Camp Babylon in Iraq. Palmdale resident Katie Smith is a medic assigned to the 160th.

Profiled in a Christmas Day story in the Valley Press, Smith, asked if she had kicked a soccer ball around with Iraqi children, said she had not - because no soccer balls were there.

That's how Operation KickStart came to be.

In a recent e-mail to the Antelope Valley Press, Capt. Benjamin Seeley, executive officer of the 160th, wrote he was working to make arrangements that would allow the items to be sent by the military. He asked Central Command public affairs to help distribute them.

Although an official count is yet to be done, generous donations by Valley residents and others accounted for roughly more than 100 soccer balls, several hundred soccer uniforms, a few hundred baseball caps and assorted football, baseball and basketball items.

Lancaster AYSO Region 91 donated many uniforms and other items, as did Paraclete High School, Sacred Heart School and even Bishop Alemany High School of Mission Hills. Several individuals made monetary donations, including a World War II veteran who served with the 160th Infantry.

Collection sites included Valley Press offices in Palmdale and Lancaster, Palmdale Parks and Recreation, Robertson's Palmdale Honda, the Law Offices of R. Rex Parris, Lancaster City Hall and Grace Resource Center.

"We are very pleased with the public's response," said Cherie Bryant, vice president and general manager for the Antelope Valley Press, which created Operation KickStart.

"Individuals, businesses, teams and organizations all contributed to help make Operation KickStart a success. We hope that the items collected will help Iraqi children find some normalcy in their everyday lives."


TOPICS: War on Terror
KEYWORDS: goodnews; iraq; iraqichildren; kcikstart; operationkickstart; soccer
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"QUITE A HAUL - Cherie Bryant, Antelope Valley Press vice president and general manager, and senior staff writer Rich Breault display a truckload of items donated for Operation KickStart, a community drive to send soccer balls and other sports equipment to children in Iraq."
1 posted on 01/19/2004 10:33:28 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Ping
2 posted on 01/19/2004 10:33:54 AM PST by BenLurkin (Socialism is Slavery)
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To: BenLurkin
There are good things happening in Iraq.
3 posted on 01/19/2004 10:41:00 AM PST by bert (Have you offended a liberal today?)
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To: BenLurkin
Uggh......we're missing an opportunity to introduce REAL sports that combat socialism, totalitarianism, and poverty.

http://www.soccersucks.org

"(Soccer) is an excellent gage for judging the world's progress. As discussed elsewhere, soccer's popularity is consistent with collectivism. Collectivism leads to poverty, as can also be observed throughout the world. Lo and behold, soccer's popularity stems from the fact that most soccer participants can only afford to kick a home-made ball on a dirt field. North America is easily the most individualistic, wealthiest and civilized place on earth, yet soccer barely registers in terms of popularity. Europe has had a history of collectivism and barbarism from Soviet Russia to Nazi Germany to present day Yugoslavia. While the exception in terms of wealth, one must remember the Marshall Plan for bailing out the economies of Europe was essentially welfare from the U.S.. And the other continents are worse. One notes that one of the few activities NOT banned by the Taliban in Afghanistan was soccer. A good rule of thumb is, "The greater the predominance of soccer in a culture, the more backward and impoverished that culture is."
4 posted on 01/19/2004 10:43:31 AM PST by John H K
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To: John H K
Well, I'm no fan of soccer but I'm inclined to let the GIs on the ground make that tactical decision in their AO.
5 posted on 01/19/2004 10:44:36 AM PST by BenLurkin (Socialism is Slavery)
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To: BenLurkin; MJY1288; xzins; Calpernia; TEXOKIE; Alamo-Girl; windchime; Grampa Dave; ...
Whoo hoo!  Homefront comes through for the troops, again! Thanks, BenLurkin.   (^:
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Operation KickStart, a community drive tasked with collecting donated soccer balls and other sports equipment for children in Iraq, has been an unparalleled success, organizers said. The response was so overwhelming that new arrangements have had to be made to send the items to Iraq.

The goal was to collect as many soccer balls as possible and send them to the U.S. Army's 160th Forward Surgical Team at Camp Babylon in Iraq.

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Mission accomplished, s and minds, ping!

8 KickStart hopes to help kids in Iraq to play ball ~ Valley Press | 1/07/04 | Rich Breault


6 posted on 01/19/2004 10:47:46 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl
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A great story!!!
7 posted on 01/19/2004 11:02:08 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: John H K
Oh John, get a grip. Team sports are good for kids, they teach them to be less inclined to think their wishes are paramount in life. They teach that you do things for the greater good. That is real life, we don't walk alone. But my main objection to soccer is that lacrosse is a better sport as is baseball. Rugby players call soccer players "lawn fairies" to my husband's great delight. He thinks soccer players pat each others butts too much. Now I am preparing to be flamed royally.
8 posted on 01/19/2004 11:09:37 AM PST by cajungirl (.)
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To: John H K
"The greater the predominance of soccer in a culture, the more backward and impoverished that culture is."

There are some folks in the backward and impoverished country of England that might disagree with you. Could it be that soccer is popular in the impoverished countries because all you need is one ball?

9 posted on 01/19/2004 11:13:21 AM PST by ExpatCanuck
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Bump!
10 posted on 01/19/2004 11:21:44 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
The kids just want to have fun--and now Usay can't torture the Olympic team either. It's all good.

Now some might volunteer Saddam's head as a soccer ball, but I'm not that barbaric, no, I'm not. . .the hell I'm not.

11 posted on 01/19/2004 7:18:20 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
One step at a time.

there are BIG things afoot
12 posted on 01/19/2004 10:25:47 PM PST by Valin (We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.)
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To: BenLurkin
The Marines are bringing 15,000 Frisbees with them to hand out to kids as gifts. They'er all printed with some friendship saying on them in Arabic and English.

Imagine 15,000 Frisbees hitting a fun-deprived kid culture all at once!

That's 2 TONS of Frisbees.

13 posted on 01/19/2004 10:34:30 PM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: John H K
Great page. I HATE soccer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But if the Iraqi children love it, then so be it. But while we are at it, lets teach them about some real sports. ;-))
14 posted on 01/19/2004 10:42:07 PM PST by David1
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To: ExpatCanuck
soccer is popular in the impoverished countries because all you need is one ball? Yup, that's it!
15 posted on 01/19/2004 10:43:34 PM PST by David1
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To: PhilDragoo
That will be too heavy to kick because of all the sand there's in it!
16 posted on 01/19/2004 10:59:28 PM PST by danamco
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Bump!
17 posted on 01/20/2004 2:16:23 AM PST by windchime (Podesta about Bush: "He's got four years to try to undo all the stuff we've done." (TIME-1/22/01))
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To: Travis McGee
Frisbees are cool. Hope the children get the hang of 'em.
18 posted on 01/20/2004 6:34:23 AM PST by BenLurkin (Socialism is Slavery)
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To: ExpatCanuck
Whoah say that to some English folks I know, and there would be a fight!
19 posted on 01/20/2004 6:37:25 AM PST by cyborg (feed marmite to the prisoners and they'll never go there again)
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To: BenLurkin
Hey, they're kids! They'll be frisbee pros in days. And you can't hide demo in a frisbee and throw it to the troops, like most balls.
20 posted on 01/20/2004 7:31:38 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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