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Young Men helping Nicaraguan orphans

Lake Oswego chapter is collecting gear for soccer-loving youngsters

The Lake Oswego Chapter of the National League of Young Men is lending a helping hand for some soccer-loving kids in Nicaragua.

The club is now collecting used and new soccer gear — cleats, uniforms, shin guards and balls — for the Casa Bernabe orphanage in the city of Puerto Cabezas. Donation bins have been set up throughout Lake Oswego, at Lakeridge Junior High School and at Tursi Soccer in Lake Oswego (3970 Mercantile Drive) and Beaverton (8805 S.W. Canyon Lane).

“We’re going to need a lot of gear, because kids grow out of it so fast,” said Marlene Cable of Lake Oswego, a member of the NLYM Board of Directors. “These kids at the orphanage love to play soccer, but they have so little.”

The NLYM project came about through a connection between the group and Austin Swicker, who is the son of Crystal Fricker, president of Pure Seed Testing Inc. in Portland. On a trip to Nicaragua five years ago, he found out about the intense needs of the orphanage and dived in to help.

Swicker learned about the Lake Oswego organization, which has more than 170 members, and sought their assistance on the project. It proved to be a great match.

“It is really cool,” said Cable, whose son Presley is chapter president. “It is amazing to see the things that are dropped off.”

On Sept. 25, the Lake Oswego NLYM chapter will have a cleaning day for used equipment, so it can be presented in sparkling condition to the Nicaraguan orphans.

For more information, go to www.nlymlakeoswego.org.

Contact Cliff Newell at 503-636-1281 ext. 105 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..