The influence of sport in society makes it a useful tool for public health if utilized correctly, in terms of child & adolescent health, physical activity, and other public health concerns. Therefore, this study examines how the program model of Soccer Without Borders (SWB) impacts social and health outcomes in the community of East Boston, Massachusetts. Data from SWB youth surveys were assessed and evaluated while questionnaires were sent to SWB stakeholders. Results show high percentages across all social and emotional measures throughout the length of the surveys and SWB stakeholders reported positive experiences participating in the SWB program. While future research and practice must be conducted, these results suggest the viability of using community youth sport for development programs as an effective public health policy.
Teacher, Physical Education, Park School, Massachusetts, United States
Youth Development, Soccer, SEL, Community Health, Sport for Development