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).
We aim to make a permanent and positive impact in the lives of teenagers in Costa Rica who have few positive opportunities in their lives, or have problems with crime, drugs or homelessness.
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.
In the Spring of 2013, we visited Costa Rica for the fourth time. We watched five One By One soccer teams play spirited matches. We also witnessed the critical impact the soccer league is having on the teens, including the baptism of eight players. With Pastor Padilla's support, we are firmly on our way to achieving our vision. Our primary focus at this time is to guarantee the longevity of the project and to ensure that the positive changes we have seen in the players are not a phase but a new path in life. The One By One Team is in the process of raising funds to purchase a field that can be used for our soccer league. The facility can also be used to generate revenue by hosting different events and games. We really appreciate everyone's support through donations, prayers, and spreading the word.