Daley and Scott hope to bring soccer to all youths
Two Eagan residents hope to accomplish a feat few others have – dribble a soccer ball across America, all while raising money for charity.
Alex Daley and Matt Scott plan to begin their journey across Minnesota on May 21 in advance of their dribble across America this fall.
The University of St. Thomas graduates will take an estimated 21 days to complete the 420 mile trip across the state.
Their goal isn’t to break a world record, but to raise money for their nonprofit, Dribble Daily, which provides soccer fields and gear for disadvantaged children across the world.
“We hope to be a catalyst for change,” Daley, 23, said. “The government can’t do it alone. The private sector needs to step up and do it.”
The organization is the brain child of Daley, Scott and fellow St. Thomas graduate Mike Valesano who set out to create social change in impoverished communities through the game of soccer.
Scott and Daley drew their inspiration from a trip to Nepal in the spring of 2012. The Eagan High School graduates met with children from a nearby boarding school and were inspired to create a soccer field and purchase equipment for the school with donations they gathered. From there, Dribble Daily was born.
The organization aims to create rooftop soccer fields and community gardens in inner city communities to battle childhood obesity and promote healthy living.
Daley, a former college soccer player and avid fan, and Scott said they believe soccer could also help bring the community together.
“Soccer transcends racial, ethnic and cultural barriers,” Scott, 24, said.
Daley and Scott oversee the organization full time and are currently working to create soccer fields in inner city communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Scott and Daley hope to achieve their goal by partnering with local government entities, neighborhood groups and nonprofits.
They had thought about dribbling across the nation for the past three years as a unique way to raise money for a cause.
As Dribble Daily began to take shape, Daley and Scott decided to take on the challenge for their own nonprofit.
They said they hope their journey will raise awareness for soccer, in addition to raising money for Dribble Daily.
Daley and Scott hope to complete the trip on a shoestring budget by sleeping in a tent or with host families.
A van will follow them on their journey carrying supplies.
The group will begin at the Minnesota/Canadian border and will end at the Iowa border. Daley and Scott said they hope to travel an average of 20 miles per day.
The two men have trained for their upcoming trip for more than a month but know it will be a trying feat.
“Putting our bodies through that level of fatigue and stress is the biggest challenge,” Scott said.
Both men have backpacked across Southeast Asia and are no strangers to strenuous walks.
Each day, the group will make a video of Daley and Scott doing soccer ball tricks, which will be posted on the Dribble Daily website and social media.
Local residents are encouraged to join the Eagan natives as they pass their different communities.
Daley and Scott said they hope to visit several inner city communities during their trip across the nation, including Compton, Calif.
They hope to connect with community advocates and sponsors to help make it possible.
As they begin their journey, Daley and Scott continue to seek donations and corporate sponsors.
Daley and Scott said they hoping to raise as much as possible but aren’t seeking a set dollar amount.
Fans can follow Daley and Scott on their journey and watch daily videos on Facebook and twitter @Dribble Daily.
For more information or to make a tax deductible donation, visit dribbledaily.org.