Easterns Automotive Group loves joining their Pay It Forward family at Fox 5 DC to give back to get people in the DMV community. The pair are always looking for people and non-profit organizations that are worthy of being recognized. They came across Zayd Ali who is the founder of OnSide, a soccer diplomacy program that brings refugee children together through the game of soccer. Ali was a well-traveled as a child because he and his family used to travel to different countries. It was during that time that he discovered how big the massive yet universal the game of soccer is around the world. Of course, this helped and inspired him to develop his own love for the sport.
Ali came up with the idea for OnSide after a conversation with an Uber driver from Brazil. They talked for the whole ride about soccer which ended up being 25 minutes. He realized the impact of soccer and how much it could affect the lives of young children. OnSide is a group that brings together refugee children through the game of soccer and teaches them about different cultures and backgrounds. They also raise awareness through their programs about critical issues affecting the community and teach children the power of tolerance and acceptance.
Corey Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group surprised Ali and the OnSide team along with Allison Seymour of Fox 5 DC. Bassam gifted Ali with 50 soccer balls for the kids of OnSide along with a check for $1,000 to go towards their upcoming events. OnSide is always accepting donations as they are a non-profit organization that serves the youth in the community. If you would like to learn more about OnSide or how you can help their mission, please visit www.onside.world for more information.
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