Girls team from India competes at USA CUP

BLAINE, Minn. – There's a new team at this year's USA Cup soccer tournament in Blaine.

The Yuwa Supergoats are the first girls team from India to make the 7,500-mile trek to Minnesota.

"It's been an amazing trip so far," says head coach Franz Gastler.

Gaster, an Edina native, took a corporate position in India seven years ago. A few years in, Gastler moved to one of the poorest states in the country to start Yuwa, a charity dedicated to giving young Indian girls a chance at a quality education in an area that sees no value in it.

"Lots of traditions perpetuate the cycle of poverty in this place," says Gastler. "Typically, these girls get married off at age 14 or 15 and before they get an education."

These 13 and 14 year olds come from a part of the country where human trafficking runs rampant and child marriage robs many of schooling.

"We started a soccer team which has really brought these girls together," says Gastler. "Yet, there are still men back in their home country that disagree with these girls playing sports or even wearing T-shirts."

With financial help from Star Sports, an Indian TV station, and countless others the girls raised $50,000 in order to make the trip.

The Yuwa organization is currently trying to raise money for a new building.


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