Charity soccer tournament to raise money for Somalia

Mihyar Abdelgalil

Soccer for Somalia, a charity soccer tournament organized by Iowa State’s African Students Association, will begin Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and run through Sunday night. The deadline for students to register for the tournament is midnight Wednesday.

The funds generated by the tournament will go to UNICEF to help Somalia’s economic crisis. Kabbod Alkhalil, president of the club and head of the registration for the tournament, spoke about its potential impact.

“There is famine going on in Somalia and we thought we might be able to change things a little bit by having a fundraiser,” Alkhalil said. “We are going to send the money generated by the tournament through UNICEF to Somalia.”

Those interested in registering for the tournament should email [email protected], and individuals who wish to participate will be assigned to a random team. Teams will consist of 10 players and there will be a registration fee of $30.

Mahmoud Hassan, member of African Students Association, spoke about the importance of charity and the tournament.

“It’s for a good cause,” Hassan said. “I’ve been watching a lot about Somalia, there are a lot of refugees because of the civil war. The tournament is actually generating money and giving it to Somalia.”