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Team Placements are not Grades

It’s tryout season. You send your player out to the field with a number pinned to their shirt. You’ve prepared them well. They ate a good breakfast, got lots of rest, and arrived with all their gear. Tryouts come and go and your player has not made

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The Blank Page

Have you ever sat down to write a paper, or work on a project and spent some time staring at the blank page or screen? That blank page can be intimidating. It can be challenging. It can cause us to dream of all it could be, and instill fear of what we

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From Rwanda to the River City: Round 2

Each year, soccer becomes more accessible to the youth of Grand Rapids thanks to the efforts of a number of committed families and local businesses going #BeyondTheField.  Dick's Sporting Goods is one such business.  It is due to their ge

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Launching the Player Coach Mentorship Program

This Fall season marks the launch of our Player Coach Mentorship Program. As a relationship based club, our long-term goal is for some players and Player Coaches to aspire to become coaches and serve their community through soccer in years to come. We

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The first #RevolutionRetreat

“Ryan has talked non-stop about how awesome it was!” commented a Revolution mom on Facebook. “Can this be all week next time?” another player asked.   Soccer, personal goals, and camp shenanigans couldn’t have come at a better ti

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From Rwanda to the River City

It started in the summer of 2015.  I was attending the youth soccer night at a Grand Rapids FC game handing out flyers promoting the club.  I left the stadium with one flyer in my hand, determined to find one last person to give it too.  On the wa

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The secret to #Community

 “Word is traveling, fast. We hear from soccer groups all over the country recognizing how we’re giving back to the Grand Rapids community and wondering how they can get involved in their own city.” - Our Partner at Team Gazelle

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Selflessness. Now more than ever.

I think we can all agree that this was a disheartening week for our country. Murders, racial disparity, and conflict. Tensions are understandably high all around. As #BeyondTheField Director, I promote our 10 core values that we teach thr

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The Grassroots Initiative

Two years ago, Executive Director Derek Dufendach crafted some signs in sharpie reading, “Free soccer camp at Martin Luther King Park Monday-Friday 6-8pm.” He stuck them at the corners of the busy intersections near MLK and wasn’t sur

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A #BeyondTheField Community

Heard a story this morning about a man named Charles, living in Uganda, who wanted to have a greater impact on the kids and families in his community.  He kept telling himself that if he only had access to more resources, he could achieve anything tha

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