National NewsColorado R.E.A.C.H. Friendlies

Colorado R.E.A.C.H. Friendlies


In August 2023, Colorado Rush set up a series of friendly matches. The entry fee…a piece of equipment.

Each player was requested to bring a slightly used piece of equipment for the R.E.A.C.H. (Rush Equipment Assisting Children). This program is a 20-year-old program where Rush Soccer collects equipment to send to communities in need. This particular weekend brought in over 2,500 pieces.


Jennifer Lohman sitting with Rush jerseys donated by players for the REACH program


In March 2024, Rush sent representatives to Colombia to donate all of this gear.

Jennifer Lohman, local Colorado R.E.A.C.H. Volunteer Coordinator (RVC) states, “With the new 2-year uniform cycle, we scheduled a R.E.A.C.H. collection at the August 2023 Denver Friendlies tournament here in Littleton, Colorado. We asked, and the RUSH community delivered! It was an AMAZING turnout and collection and we were truly blown away by the response and participation! True to the RUSH core values, sharing EMPATHY and compassion is the RUSH WAY! Generosity and kindness matter and together, we are making a tremendous impact! R.E.A.C.H. provides a great opportunity to donate your old gear for a great cause! THANK YOU, Colorado RUSH, for sharing compassion and kindness to so many!”

R.E.A.C.H. Director, Cara Murray adds, “The RVC’s (R.E.A.C.H. Volunteer Coordinators) are the heart and soul behind the program. Through collaboration with Sister Clubs and organizations in both local and international communities, the program is able to have a positive impact on the lives of many individuals in need. Their tireless efforts ensure that the equipment is collected and shipped to its destination safely and efficiently. The dedication and generosity of the volunteers truly make a difference in the world, and their commitment is appreciated by all involved in the R.E.A.C.H. program and the communities it serves.”


Tiago distributing donated cleats to soccer players in Colombia


“Thank you, Thank you!” Rush Director of International Affairs, Tiago Calvano exclaims. “We have delivered 1,000’s and 1,000’s of pieces in 2023. We look forward to many more success stories….more gear, more smiles!”

Rush Equipment Assisting CHildren was established in 2004 as a humanitarian effort within Rush Soccer. Players donate used soccer gear and equipment, such as uniforms, cleats, and soccer balls, which are then shipped to Rush Soccer Clubs around the world. The program is celebrating its 20th anniversary and the fact that it has donated over 250,000 pieces of equipment since its inception. R.E.A.C.H. strives to donate more than 500,000 pieces by 2027.


Learn More about our R.E.A.C.H. Program