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March 04, 2015

Temple sophomore raises AIDS awareness through soccer

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Grassroots Soccer Source/Twitter/Haseeb Goheer

Temple University student Haseeb Goheer founded the first collegiate chapter of Grassroot Soccer, an organization that raises AIDs awareness.

Temple University sophomore Haseeb Goheer considers soccer a universal language — that's why he started the first collegiate chapter of a soccer nonprofit to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS.

Goheer, who is studying biology, founded the Temple chapter of Grassroot Soccer during his freshman year at the university. After discovering Temple did not have an AIDS awareness student organization, he decided to start his own.

The organization seeks to educate both Temple University students as well as the neighboring North Philadelphia community.

"We bring Temple University faculty members and experts ... from around the world to educate us as students about what HIV/AIDS really does," he said. "As an organization, we host weekly pickup soccer games that allows everyone to come together regardless of their socio-economic background."

The organization raises money and holds educational AIDS awareness seminars in addition to playing pickup soccer games.

According to the AIDS Walk of Philly, more than 30,000 people in the region are living with HIV.