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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’re getting ourselves into.

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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 generosity that the boys in the picture above were outfitted with Nike indoors for their league at MSA

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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’re excited that the Player Coach Program can start that process. Player coach responsibilities are

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“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 time for five out of our six Revolution teams this past weekend. With teams freshly formed and

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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 way to my car, I spot a trio of

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 “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 “I want to take your model of soccer and use it in my community in Atlanta.”

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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 throughout the year. They’re all relatively simple, but as one seeks to understand how the values can be

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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 sure exactly what would come of it. Derek and Eric Hollis, the Beyond The Field Director of RCFC,

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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 that he could dream.  That was, until he picked up

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If you attended training sessions a couple of Tuesdays ago, you might’ve noticed two tall, European “lads,” dressed in scarves, and rocking some great accents. David Oakley and Stef Van Meerveld were hard to miss. Derek and Eric originally met David in November at a life coaching conference down in Orlando, Florida. David leads training and

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