Former G-C soccer player co-founded charity

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Poverty is one of the world’s greatest crises.

Half of the nearly seven billion people roaming the Earth live on less than $2.50 a day, according to studies. And the Census Bureau reported last month that almost 50 million Americans, more than 16 percent of the population, are considered impoverished.

A Greenfield-Central graduate and three of his friends are using the world’s game to take a stand against one of the planet’s most significant problems.

Monroe, Ohio, natives Jake Essig, Derek Garde and Nick Streibick have joined forces with 2009 G-C graduate Isaac Beal to create Dribble 4 Toledo, a fundraiser aspiring to curtail poverty in Toledo, Ohio.

Dribble 4 Toledo’s goal is to raise $10,000 dollars for Lifeline Toledo —a not-for-profit organization that aides the city’s disadvantaged residents — by means of embarking on a 200-mile excursion from Monroe to Toledo, dribbling soccer balls the entire length of the journey.

Beal and Essig, teammates on the Huntington (Ind.) University men’s soccer team the past three seasons, visited Toledo on the Foresters’ preseason team trip. Toledo is 131 miles northeast of Huntington, which is located outside of Fort Wayne.

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