The mission of the Rainier Valley Slammers program is to train young people to be great soccer players and great students and citizens! In keeping with AYSA’s commitment to be an active member of its community, Rainier Valley Slammers teams are encouraged to participate in at least one community service project each year. In addition to club-wide projects like the Playing Ball to Cure them All event, and the Holiday Food and Gift Drive, individual teams will often initiate their own community service projects such as those described below.
RVS G98 Orange Team "Big Give" Project
On November 22, 2014, the RVS G98 Orange Team participated in the Bonney Lake “Big Give” distribution event at the Bonney Lake Walmart. This annual event, which takes place the Saturday before Thanksgiving, was coordinated by the Open Life Church and the Living Hope Church, in partnership with other local churches, businesses, non-profits and schools. Players from the G98 team assisted with the distribution of groceries, which were provided to families in need within the community who had received vouchers through their child’s school or the local food bank. This year, 500 meals were distributed in Bonney Lake. Great work ladies!
RVS G99 White Team "Relay for Live" Project
The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a fundraiser, but more than that, it is an event that gives participants a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and a way to fight back against the disease by raising money for research. At Relays, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. On May 17-18, 2013, Auburn’s Relay for Life, held at Auburn High School’s Memorial Stadium, hosted 84 teams including team "Slammers!" RVS G99 White team parent, Daralee Peterson, captained the team and recruited seven RVS players and parents to join her for the overnight camp-out. Many RVS players and family members stopped by to support the team during the evening. The Slammers team members and other RVS families raised nearly $1,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society! For more information about the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, click here.