Rush Equipment Assisting Children


Celebrating 20 Years!

250,000 pieces of equipment/apparel donated since 2004
Goal = 500,000 pieces by 2027

Rush Equipment Assisting Children


Rush Equipment Assisting CHildren was established in 2002 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. Players and club members are also encouraged to donate their time to help sort, package, and ship gear to less fortunate children around the globe.

At Rush Soccer we believe by instilling our Core Values and allowing our players the opportunity to participate in R.E.A.C.H., we are developing more than just soccer players, but lifelong responsible citizens of the world.

R.E.A.C.H. Day

Annually, May 1st is designated as R.E.A.C.H. Day. It was originally established in 2007 when the Colorado State Senate recognized the program for partnering with the US military and donating gear to Iraq and Africa. In the years following, Colorado Rush used May 1 as a collection day for members to donate gear, often in combination with an in-house tournament.

Beginning in 2018, R.E.A.C.H. Day expanded to include all Rush Clubs, both domestic and international. Its purpose is to spread awareness of the program. Clubs are encouraged to participate by posting and sharing messages about their club’s R.E.A.C.H. activity as well as their support for the program on social media and club websites. Additionally, R.E.A.C.H. Scholarship award winners are announced on R.E.A.C.H. Day as well as the location and dates for the upcoming Player OutREACH Service Trip.


All R.E.A.C.H. donations & collections will go through your local Rush Soccer club’s R.V.C. (R.E.A.C.H. Volunteer Coordinator).

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Player OutR.E.A.C.H. Service Trip

Player OutR.E.A.C.H. Service Trips provide the opportunity for U16-U19 R.E.A.C.H. Ambassadors to accompany R.E.A.C.H. staff in the donation and distribution process of gear and equipment at one of our International Rush clubs. In addition to bringing gear and equipment, players will see new places, play soccer, meet other Rush players from our International Rush Clubs, and participate in community projects intended to aid those that are in need. Trip location and exact timeline varies each year, see below for a general timeline:


R.E.A.C.H. Day (May 1st)

Trip Locations & Dates Announced

May – September

Applications accepted


Selected players notified

November 1st

Trip payment deposit required

December – April

Fundraising, payments made, itinerary set

Between June & July

Trip takes place!


Rush Soccer offers a R.E.A.C.H. Scholarship to rising college freshmen to aid in their academic pursuits. Applicants are required to have been a R.E.A.C.H. Ambassador within their club for at least 2 years, be in good academic standing, include a personal statement/letter of intent, have 2 letters of recommendation (one academic, one athletic), and exemplify Rush Core Values and the Rush Way. Experience as a Rush Soccer player will also be considered.

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    R.E.A.C.H. is a volunteer-driven program. If you have interest in helping change children’s lives and their communities, the R.E.A.C.H. Program needs you! Something as simple as a soccer ball makes a difference, so whether you join R.E.A.C.H. by donating your gear, choose to contribute money for shipping, or give your time by assisting your club with collections, you are R.E.A.C.H.-ing in and changing lives. Contact Our Reach Coordinator and get involved today!

    Cara Murray

    Outreach Coordinator

    Cara Murray

    Meet the

    Outreach Coordinator

    Program Partners

    In 2016, Chefs4Kids contacted the R.E.A.C.H. Program requesting help in setting up an after-school soccer program as part of their nationwide sustainability project in Haiti. Combining donations from our clubs around the United States, R.E.A.C.H. sent 240 Balls, 650+ jerseys, 240 new T-shirts, nearly 300 pairs of shorts, and an assorted list of equipment to kick-start their program. In schoolyards around Haiti, Chefs4Kids, with the help of Rush Soccer and the R.E.A.C.H. Program, has been able to provide children in Haiti the ability to play the game of soccer in a safe and well-equipped environment.

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