Soccer Travels to Brazil for Mission Trip



Jan. 6, 2009

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 10 University of Missouri women's soccer team is kicking off 2009 with a 10-day mission trip to São Paulo, Brazil. The team, fresh off winning the program's first Big 12 Championship in 2008, will couple its participation in competitive matches with off the field community service projects during their stay from Jan. 8-17.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for our student-athletes to spread good will and enrich the lives of others," Head Coach Bryan Blitz said. "Having taken teams to Brazil before, I can't emphasize enough how valuable it is for them to experience another culture and broaden their perspectives."

The team has scheduled several outreach opportunities in the community of São Paulo, Brazil's largest city, including work with underprivileged children and other charity efforts. In addition, the team will play five matches against Brazilian club and/or national teams and tour Brazil.

All 23 players raised money to help fund the trip by selling raffle tickets for a $5,000 cash prize. The team will draw and announce the winner tomorrow.

Fans who would like to follow the team's journey are encouraged to visit or for access to a photo gallery, player blog, and video podcasts, all of which will be updated throughout the trip.



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