Jamaica's 'Reggae Girlz' Near World Cup Thanks to $200,000 Crowdfunding Save

 Back in April, we told you about how the Reggae Girlz' biggest obstacle in qualifying for the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada may not be having the requisite on-pitch skill, tenacity and togetherness to make it. No, it may be a lack of funding.

Without some serious donations to help pay for training, travel and accommodations, the team wouldn't have had nearly enough money to cover its expenses during its qualifying campaign, Garth-Anthony Savoury, the Jamaica Football Federation's director of marketing, told Mashable in April.

That's why Cedella Marley — an activist, entrepreneur and daughter of Bob Marley — stepped in to help lead an online crowdfunding drive aiming to raise money for the Reggae Girlz in their quest to make their first World Cup. As Marley sees it, a lack of Title IX legislation in Jamaica, soccer being seen as a male sport there and an overall limited pool of athletic funding means the Reggae Girlz get left behind. The Reggae Boyz, the country's men's national team, does not face the same challenges.

Marley thinks the impact of this lack of opportunity goes well beyond soccer for women and girls in Jamaica.


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