Check out this article: soccer diverse?. It brings up some really good points about hidden privileges and disparities in access when it comes to sports. Please read with an open-mind—be curious and guilt-free.

I was one of those white suburban kids whose parents were able and willing to drive me to practices, games, and tournaments. I got exposure, a scholarship to a competitive institution and a chance to work hard, contribute to a team, achieve goals and receive recognition and awards. Those experiences had a profound impact on my life.

I like to think that soccer is the world’s sport—it brings nations together. Kids in poverty can play—on dirt fields, with makeshift balls. But kids in poverty (especially in the U.S.) will likely never get the opportunities I did. Yet another privilege I’m only now recognizing. The joy of playing, however, is universal. And my hope is that kids everywhere continue to be inspired by play!