Alysia Z. Roberts
Today, we went to the Nike Training Center in Soweto. It was a really big building that had a lot of information about different players. We went on a tour and the guide showed us the training room, the changing room, and a really nice view of all of Soweto. The guide also told us about how the Nike Center has a hospital in the back of the building and how the doctors are some of the most professional doctors in all of Soweto. He explained to us that it is the biggest hospital there. At the Nike Center, they also test kids for HIV/AIDS. They teach them how to live a healthy lifestyle even if they are HIV positive. They also had a big soccer field that we got to play on for a few minutes. I will never forget that place. It was an honor to visit, especially knowing how hard it was to get a tour!
Today we went to travel to the Nike Training Center. It was great! When we got there it was fun. I saw names of soccer players, and the people that were MVP of the week. I saw the jerseys and the jerseys that had people’s
signatures. Now, the Nike Training Center helps HIV/AIDS by having a free clinic. It is used by soccer players getting tested. They get their results within twenty minutes. If the results are positive, you don’t have to tell anybody. If the results are negative, you don’t have AIDS. The Nike Training Center has a replica of the soccer field. When I was on the grass I thought that I was going to get dirty, but the grass field was fake. Also, when all the ambassadors went to the roof we saw the Soweto town. It was huge.
Today I woke up got my self together for the day. For breakfast, I had eggs & 2 English muffins. After breakfast we had some free time before we got on the bus.
We got on the bus to go to the Salvation Army in South Africa. We went to the Salvation Army in South Africa to see the children who don’t have parents who live there. We had a tour of there rooms, clinic, dining room, and chapel. We also went there to see what they do here different than what we do in the United States.
After we came from the Salvation Army we went to the Nike Training Center. I was excited to be there because I learned what the soccer players do to train for their soccer games. I thought it was a very good experience for me because I learned something knew about soccer that I didn’t know.
When we came from the Nike Training Center, we went shopping to get the rest of the things off the list for the families. We had to get most of the stuff for every family I had. I felt good to shop for the families and appreciated because I know they would like that based on what I saw.
Today I am so tired. I took a shower wash my face and brush my teeth. After that I got dressed and went to breakfast. At breakfast I had toast and eggs. Breakfast was so good.
When breakfast was done everyone went back to their rooms. When I went to my room I packed my bag and then went outside. When I went outside my friend Douglass and I played basketball against two of the mentors. Douglass and I won the game. When the game was over, everyone started to get on the bus. When everyone was on the bus we went to go visit a school and a clinic.
At the clinic we were taking a tour around the clinic. We got to see the kids room and how they live. When we finish doing that, the kids sang a song for us. Also we sang a song for them to. When they finished we went to go have tea in The Salvation Army. After that we went to the Nike Training Center. At the Nike Training Center they were talking about HIV. Some of the things I learned at the Nike Training Center is that they take HIV very serious. In the center they have their own room dealing with HIV. The Nike Training Center was located in Soweto. I was so jubilant to go to the Nike Training Center.
The Nike Training Center is a very big place. After the Nike Training Center we went to Macro. The reason we went to Macro was because we had to but]y more things for our South African people that we care for. When we were finished shopping we put our things on the bus and went to back home for dinner. Dinner was so good. It was white rice, chicken and vegetables. When I was finished eating I had hot chocolate and started to finish my blog.
Today was fun. My Journey for Change group and I had a fantastic breakfast. I went to an orphanage in Soweto. It was all right because the rooms they slept in were clean. They offered us tea and biscuits (cookies). They sang a song for us too and it was beautiful. Then we also sang for them a song.
After, we went to a Nike “Lace up and save lives” soccer program sponsored by (RED). It was amazing how many kids will attend the training program a year when it opens. The sneakers (cleats) that the kids will use were similar to those the professional players use for soccer training. It has its own weight room and two soccer fields. It also had showers and changing rooms. The program gave free HIV/AIDS testing to whomever attended it. If they have HIV/AIDS they would be put on medication (ARV’s) and go to counseling.
After the Nike soccer programs, the group and I went to finish the rest of the shopping for the families. We bought them clothes, some school supplies and a water boiler to boil water to have clean water. Also, we got another electric stove plate for the family who needed it.
Today was a fun day. We shopped for the families that we are helping. The first time we shopped for them we brought them food. This time we brought them clothes. We lost track of time so we really didn’t get what we wanted to get. But the things we got were nice and the families should like it.
We also went to the Nike training Center. I really enjoyed being at the training center because we were able to run around. I thought we were supposed to play soccer, but we didn’t because of time. While we were there they told us that anyone could play at the training center. We also talked more about HIV/AIDS. They told us how people could come and receive ARVs from ages nine to nineteen.
Today was fantastic. I went to a Nike soccer program. They had a soccer field, pictures of soccer players, and a gym where you can work out. When we went to the soccer field we started to race- some were winning, some were losing. I lost a couple of times but I also won. After racing we took a group photo, and then went shopping. At first it was boring like last time, but it turned out to be fun. We saw so many toys and clothes. It was like I was in heaven! When we were done, I was so exhausted and went to sleep on the bus.
Today was a fun day. We shopped for the families that we are helping. The first time we shopped for them we brought
them food. This time we brought them clothes. We lost track of time so we really didn’t get what we wanted to get. But the things we got were nice and the families should like it.
We also went to the Nike training Center in Soweto. I really enjoyed being at the training center because we were able to run around. I thought we were supposed to play soccer, but we didn’t because of time. While we were there they told us that anyone could play at the training center. We also talked more about HIV/AIDS. They told us how people could come and receive ARVs from ages nine to nineteen if they are positive after being tested.
I went to the Nike training center in Soweto. We got to see the football (soccer) field. They told us about HIV/AIDS. You can get tested there for AIDS as well as TB, and other transmitted diseases. They measure your CD4 count to see if it’s too high, confidentially. PRODUCT (RED) sponsors the testing center. Nike sells (RED) laces just for the Global Fund, which I think is really cool. It only took five months to build the Center and the football field is made by Greenfield company.
Today we visited one of the Salvation Army in Soweto. It was a great morning. All the kids were great and very friendly. They all knew each other and had no problems even though we were at an orphanage.
Later on we went to The Nike Training Center, where we learned a lot about the place and how it was constructed. We also got to go down on the soccer field and race which was fun. Then we learned about people’s strategies with helping HIV/AIDS in the community. They have a testing site at the Center and everybody who plays there can use it for free. Before we left we went we went to the top of the building and saw a a big beautiful view of Soweto.
In the afternoon we went shopping for our families. In order to get things done smoothly, we separated in groups of four. Our budget was on schedule and we were able to buy items for two families each. The day was successful because the groups were able to get all the materials for their families that they wanted.
Today we went to a place called the Nike Training Center. At the center we had a tour around the placer. After that we went to the field and played tag. We raced and then we went inside. We saw the HIV/AIDS testing center. When that was over, we saw a view of Soweto from the top of the center. We looked at the view for twenty minutes and then we left.
This man told us that when kids come to play soccer on breaks they can go inside to get tested and see if they have HIV/AIDS. If they do, they get medicine right away and the proper referrals too. We all had a lot of fun!
Today, Journey for Change went to the Nike Training Center. On our way there, I felt excited because it was my first time being in a soccer center. I saw pictures of famous football stars in Africa. I also learned that soccer is called soccer in the United States, but in other parts of the world like Africa it’s called Football. I also thought that Nike was going to give us free sneakers. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any.
After we toured the Nike Center, we went on to the highest part of the building and were able to see all of Soweto. We then went to their soccer field where we ran relay races. Next to the soccer field was the fitness rooms. We toured the dressing rooms and took many pictures of items on the walls. They test the kids in the community who come to the Center for HIV/AIDS because they want to help get rid of the disease in Soweto. If the kids test positive they get ARV medication. The Center is free to anyone in the community who comes.
Earlier today we went to the orphanage which made me happy. I was happy because I got to see what the kids do and how they live. All the kids seem very happy there and I’m glad they can call the Salvation Army workers their friends. After the orphanage we went to the Nike Training Center. While we were there, we took pictures, learned about the place, and we tested out the equipment and the soccer field. Our guide told us that when kids come there to work out they get tested for HIV/AIDS. He also showed us the (RED) room where they do the HIV/AIDS testing. Today was fun and inspirational and I hope everybody enjoyed our company.
Journey for Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service uplifts the lives of inner-city youth through global travel, volunteerism and advocacy work. More information on the program can be found at www.angelrockproject.com.