Expat Unplugged: Kicking It for a Cause!

Andrea , 08 Dec 2010
Magic bus
Kicking it for a cause!

diaryWhat better way to celebrate my successful completion of 9 weeks in Bombay then with a few friendly 9-aside football matches with the boys of the Mumbai based NGO Magic Bus? Okay, okay it was not at all a celebration for me, but couldn’t have asked for a better mental memory marking. Magic Bus is a “sport for development” organization which works with children and youth from marginalized communities. They use a medium of sports and outdoors to help children discover and develop their true potential and create opportunities for a better future.
This past Saturday, 30 JSM employees flooded onto a rugged field tucked away in Bandra West. We came from homes, head office, Hard Rock Café and Shiro using motorbikes, cars, and even the MagicBus bus, but came together to “kick it for a cause”.

Magic bus
Kicking it for a cause!
Magic bus
Kicking it for a cause!
Magic bus
Kicking it for a cause!

We laughed our way onto the field after seeing the MagicBus team. All sported proper uniforms and cleats, while some even sported bushy mustaches. Our competitions looked more like men than boys, and were ready to play. Since when are 17 year olds this intimidating? And then the whistle blew…

In all truthfulness and no thanks to my awful defending skills, we were a bit shabby. The MagicBus team kicked our booties and out-shined our players when our teams decided to play mixed.

Losers or winners, I have never been so proud of my team.  Showing passion, support, teamwork, and amazing sportsmanship, they played and lost with winning smiles.

I can’t wait to kick it for a cause again… or should I say get kicked for a cause?

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