The Lipscomb Academy Soccer Program is reaching out to others who share their love of soccer all over the world by collecting and donating used soccer equipment.
Second Kick is a program co-created by Lipscomb Academy alumni, David Austin Lowery (class of 2013) and Matt Murphy (class of 2012), in order to
provide soccer enthusiasts from around the world with equipment. “The purpose of Second Kick is to distribute new and used soccer equipment to needy children so that God's love may be seen throughout the nations,” said Murphy.
Murphy approached Nathan Proffitt, the Lipscomb Academy Head Soccer Coach and Murphy’s former high school coach, with an idea to get the entire soccer program involved along with other teams from Middle Tennessee. Murphy’s vision to encourage donation of used soccer equipment from the teams has grown into a much larger project and it continues to gain momentum.
In the second year of Lipscomb Academy’s involvement, bins to collect donated equipment are set out at every academy home game. Friendly competition for the most items collected among fellow schools has also helped grow the program.
Proffitt says Murphy, who played center back and was named all-district his senior year on the way to finishing in the state semi-finals, has always had a servant heart.
“I am so proud of Matt and his commitment, to see him carrying on the same servant attitude is a blessing; he is one of the most servant-minded young men that I have ever coached,” said Proffitt.
To date, Lipscomb Academy has sent over 300 items to countries like Honduras and Ghana, and recently received a photo from one of the recipients. In a photo from Honduras, a young man being baptized is seen wearing a Lipscomb Academy jersey from the first shipment of equipment sent nearly two years ago.
"The Lipscomb Academy soccer program constantly serves others. Their generosity and passion for Second Kick has given hundreds of children hope and happiness through the game of soccer. Led by Coach Proffitt, Lipscomb Academy's soccer program has a heart to seek and serve God that very few programs can ever match," said Murphy.