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The Christian Union Sports Club (300450)

Colombia
Project Account: #300450
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Colombia
Project Account: #300450

Colombia Sports Ministry

The Christian Union Sports Club (300450)

The Christian Union Sports Club (CUSC) evolved out of a neighborhood soccer tournament as a way to reach out to young men who were being recruited into a life of violence and crime spawned by the Medellín drug cartel. 

Mark Wittig, a former OMS missionary, arrived with his family in Medellín in 1986 to teach at the Biblical Seminary of Colombia. Mark founded the tournament, along with other local friends. A young leader from the neighborhood, a participant in the tournament, turned his back on the “cartel life” and began to work with Mark in developing a soccer program for adolescents. 

While Alvaro Cano coached the team of young soccer players, Mark taught them values and principles from the Word of God. Out of this initial group, several became Christians and entered a period of discipleship with Alvaro and Mark. 

They later became coaches in the program, and more teams were organized in other neighborhoods of the city. Over time, the CUSC grew, and today, it has 33 full- and part-time sports staff; 130 soccer teams, with 3,000 participants from the poorest neighborhoods of the city; a citywide soccer league; a brownie, cookie, and cake business that employs 28 young people full-time; and three facilities—a sports center, an administrative factory building, and a community and church center.

Officially founded in 1991, the CUSC is a non-profit Colombian organization, existing through the generous help of its supporters, the work of its personnel, and the Christian principles that it upholds for the physical, economic, social, and spiritual welfare of the children and youth of Colombia.

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