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 seventh trip to Costa Rica in six years. This year, we noticed a lot of changes taking place in the One by One program. Firstly, we noticed massive improvements to the home of Vuelo de Aguila, the church in Costa Rica which supports the One by One soccer program. Last year, we raised enough funds to buy the church a permanent church building, which since they have renovated beyond what we ever thought. They added a stage, lights, new rooms, fresh paint, and an assortment of other things that have really turned what was an old warehouse into a vibrant church. Through your donations, we were able to purchase 350 chairs for the church and musical equipment. We've also seen an influx of active members participating in the church, including numerous One by One soccer players. Secondly, the One by One soccer programs continue to grow as a popular program. This year, the format was changed to micro-soccer teams so more teens could participate. We are very excited with what we've accomplished so far, made possible by your generous support and donations. The program continues to change lives!