Mary Saleh wants to share her passion for soccer with the younger generation.
Saleh, who has been part of the Syrian national women's soccer team since 2004, is starting a soccer team for newcomer girls in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.
She has launched a GoFundMe campaign, with the goal to raise $8,000.
"Now, after arriving in Canada and meeting newcomer girls from different parts of the world, with a passion for soccer, I think of my experience and of the great opportunities these young girls might have here in Canada through sports." she said in a post on the website.
She says many newcomer families can't afford providing for leisure activities for their kids.
The team already had its first training session on March 3, but Saleh says they won't be able to continue without funding that will help them with items such as rent, team uniforms and transportation.
"By establishing this team, I attempt as a coach to provide free access to professional soccer training for newcomer girls ages 7 to 13, providing with that a safe, diverse space that would enhance their mental & physical health, support their settlement & integration process in their new community, build their leadership skills and empower them through sports to settle, become leaders and fight against stereotypes to promote equal access to soccer, and who knows, they might compete in soccer leagues across Canada and contribute to Canada's Soccer National Team for Women!" she added.
To learn more about the campaign or to donate, click here.