10-year-olds collect football equipment for children in need

BOZEMAN — From little league to the soccer field, youth sports are a lifeblood for thousands of Montana kids, but between the rising cost of sports and inflation, kids across the country have been hanging up their crampons.

However, leave it to the 10-year-olds of Gallatin County who have made it their mission to help bridge the gap.

“We just started seeing more people who aren’t playing, so we just wanted to help out,” Montana Surf player Jack Wright said.

Wright and her best friend Isabel Terrazas are both 10 years old and play for Montana Surf, but when they were young they noticed there was a need in their community.

“Jack and Isabelle reached out to me, which I was so happy about,” smiled Montana Soccer Soles founder Isabelle Melton. “We’ve been working to get this branch set up in Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley.”

First established in Helena seven years ago, Montana Soccer Soles collects gently used soccer equipment for children in need.

Founder, Isabelle Melton, expanded the organization to Missoula in 2019 while attending the University of Montana and, with the help of Jack and Isabel, now has established roots in the Gallatin Valley.

“There are kids who may not be able to afford the expensive cleats in stores, so people who donate give shoes and other things to kids who need them” , said Isabel Terrazas.

“I think the fact that they’re so young and thinking about it is something that really inspires me,” beamed Melton.

Since 2015, Montana Soccer Soles has donated 600 pairs of cleats to youth in the Treasure State, but Jack and Isabel say the community needs several items in Gallatin Valley: soccer cleats, soccer balls , shin guards and goalkeeper gloves. new or lightly used.

Donation bins have been set up at two different locations in the Gallatin Valley:

  • Montana Surf Indoor Facility (Blitzz FC)
    20900 Frontage Rd Building E, Belgrade MT 59714
  • Montana Surf Bureau
    502 S 19th, Suite 103 Bozeman, Montana 59718

“I think the idea of ​​players giving back to the community, especially in the sport they love and helping others contribute to the sport they love, is something really important and something that I was really excited to see – for really young kids who are already thinking about it,” Melton pointed out. .

Montana Soccer Soles is looking to expand its reach across the Treasury State, so if you’re interested in starting a branch for a community in need, you can find more information here.

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