Who Are We?
One By One is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Founded in 2010, One By One sponsors soccer teams in San Jose, Costa Rica and supports the activities of the Vuelo de Aguila church, whose members train and mentor the teenage players (both boys and girls).
Our goal is to make a permanent and positive impact in the lives of teenagers in Costa Rica who could use support, guidance, mentorship and/or who may benefit from positive opportunities in their lives, or who have problems with crime, drugs or homelessness. Our mission is to provide opportunity to those who are willing to take advantage of it.
We have established a soccer league in Costa Rica to give teenagers, who could otherwise not afford it, an opportunity to play soccer, and use the sport as a gateway to learning about personal responsibility, leading a Christian life, and ultimately defining the path they want to choose for themselves, all within a supportive environment under the mentoring of the Vuelo de Aguila church and Pastors William and Anais Padilla.
We recently took our sixth trip to Costa Rica in four years, and were able to witness the continuing progress and impact that the One By One soccer program is having (our trip was delayed, however, by a volcanic eruption!). We were able to again observe how players who joined One By One four years ago have evolved into leaders on the field and in the Vuelo De Aguila church. We previously coupled the donations we gathered over several years (over $200,000.00), and a generous loan from Dr. Steve and Rebecca Scott, to buy a new church building for Vuelo De Aguila. Originally, the goal of One By One was to buy a soccer field and then rent it out to provide a permanent source of funding for the One By One program, but the fields were too expensive (over 1 million). The only realistic option was to buy a church building, and donations from the church will be used to not only pay off the remaining balance of the loan, but once the loan is paid off, to sustain the One By One program on a permanent basis. We are continuing to support One By One and the church, both financially and in-person. We can't wait for our next trip to Costa Rica!