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Colombia Connection: COSDECOL

October 30, 2016

Our second visit to see our friend Marcos Wittig in Medellin, Colombia was as enlightening as the first in July. Marcos is an inspriation, to me and the more than 4,000 families who are served through soccer in the school he created some three decades ago. In the late 1980's Medellin was the murder capital of the world and almost two dozen young men were being slaughtered daily in the country's drug trade. Marcos' COSDECOL began as a micro-soccer tournament to help 'save' some of these young men through Christ with the use of the game of soccer. 

His story is amazing and his vision has been realized in many ways. His 6 acre complex hosts a full sized stadium field with covered seating for more than 2,000, adjacent there is a full sized artifical turf field which I have only seen used as three sideways 7v7 fields full of young players. In the space between the fields are dormitories for 42 guest players, offices, cafeteria, classrooms, a weight room, a concessions stand and at the end a barbeque space that was created by a supporter whe he found out it was Marcos passion. A new smaller field of th highest quality grass has just grown in and next is a project to create a swimming pool and 2 futsal courts.

Over 20 coaches are employed and participate in weekly training sessions as they coach the teams. Another 20+ men and women are employed at the 'Del Club' brownie factory. This small business bakes and packages tons of brownies for ice cream stores and for sale individually and proceeds from the factory pay for more than half of the annual budget to keep COSDECOL running. 

It was a pleasure to bring another 400 pounds of equipment to the school and we are going to partner with COSDECOL for future trip and also to help bring Columbian student athletes to high school here in NE Ohio.

COSDECOL Donation 1

Coaches at COSDECOL

Mitchell at COSDECOL

COSDECOL Stadium

Del Club Brownie Factory

COSDECOL u12 Team

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