In partnership with church planter and pastor, Mark Yocom, Surge soccer has on-going events to encourage the people of Kosovo. While Mark is a chaplain for NATO forces he also is actively involved in the local community, part of which is reaching out to children through the sport of soccer. Surge staff (and friends) visit Kosovo regularly and actively build relationships with boys and girls in the process. The final phrase of our theme verse “defend the rights of the widow” (Is.1:17) was recently fulfilled in that we were able to assist widows (caused by the war) by looking after their children so they could study and work. Who would have thought soccer would help widows?
Jan. 23, 2006 :: SALEM, OR — The Surge have opened a new permanent branch of their organization in Vienna, Austria. The base will be the European headquarters for the Surge’s youth outreach and soccer relief work (newly named SOS Soccer) into Eastern Europe and Africa . . .
June 2009 :: SALEM, OR – The Cascade Surge partnered with Swegle and Washington Elementary Schools to bring Sammy’s Team on campus this May. The players have served as excellent role models to students by reading with them, helping them solve math problems, and by being friends during lunch and recess.
Oct. 2009 :: SALEM, OR – “It is with much sadness, we announce the terminiation of our Cascade Surge PDL soccer franchise.” said Surge President Dave Irby. “For fifteen years we have entertained fans and spent quality time with youth throughout the area; but changes in the economy made it harder to keep the team operating.” …
Allen Lotz, our Senior VP, just returned from from the jungles of Peru. He was part of a seven
person group that traveled 10 hours by plane, 10 hours by bus, 10 hours by truck, then throw
in a canoe ride! The purpose was to help provide medical care, minor construction and begin
to explore the idea of using soccer for leadership training, similar to our project in Mongolia.
June 26, 2010 :: As an incoming freshman, David Irby 75 had no idea how much impact APUthen Azusa Pacific College would have on his life. Thirty-five years later, he is founder and CEO of Surge International, a ministry that uses soccer to bridge political and social gaps around the world in order to spread the Gospel.