After working as a soccer coach for several years, Corey Childs wanted to build a program that catered to the needs of the Annapolis Latino population and used soccer as a vehicle for outreach. He had attended a Soccer Without Borders program and wondered why the Latino population was not participating. Wanting to address the barriers to entry for Latinos and to use soccer as a vehicle for character, personal, and emotional development, he founded his own program, Goals for Growth.
Childs began by starting a pilot program at Annapolis Middle School. At the program, students don’t just get the chance to play soccer, they develop and stick to academic and personal goals and develop friendships.
Childs meets with his mentor, Bob Whitfield, about once every three months. Bob has helped him develop the structure of the nonprofit that Childs wants to start. Childs has also gained insight from attending SCORE’s small business owner workshops. He used these sessions to network and discover new areas of opportunity.