Tacos4Ticos is a non-profit organization that uses soccer as a vehicle for teaching English and building community in Costa Rica. The name derives from two important words among Costa Ricans: “Tacos” is slang for soccer boots and “Ticos” is what Costa Ricans call themselves
The organization collects, distributes and donates soccer equipment and school supplies to schools and other nonprofits around Costa Rica. A network of volunteers serve as coaches, tutors and English teachers for kids involved with the program.
It’s a cool way to meet people where they’re at and to reach kids through a shared passion for soccer.
Check out their website, where you can donate money and equipment, or even apply to volunteer with the organization.
Soccer In NYC loves Costa Rican soccer. Check out some past reporting:
The Hidden World Cup — A trip to Montreal for the 2015 Women’s World Cup with a special appearance by Ticas forward Melissa Herrera.
Selfie-brate Good Times! Come on! — Snapping selfies with the Ticas
Celebrating Dover Rica — Attending an amazing Costa Rican viewing party at a restaurant in Dover, NJ during the 2014 World Cup