When the New York Giants face the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field tonight, one of the Giants’ starting offensive linemen will be bringing Compassion to the turf. Nate Solder, a two-time Super Bowl champion (New England Patriots 2014 and 2016) will be sporting a special pair of shoes featuring the faces of four of the children he sponsors through the child development ministry Compassion International. One of those faces is a two-year old girl from Thailand, appropriately named, “Champion.”
Solder and his wife Lexi have helped fund the launch of Compassion child development centers in three countries: Thailand, Burkina Faso and Uganda. Those church-based centers provide Compassion’s holistic child development program to more than 1,000 children. The couple has traveled to Uganda and Guatemala with Compassion to see the ministry’s life-changing program firsthand.
“When I found Compassion, it really gave me a new sense of purpose, gave me a new opportunity to leverage what I was given by God,” said Solder. “We are impacting lives, with lasting purpose that is changing communities, changing the country of Uganda—which is so much bigger, so much more important.”
Mark Hanlon, Compassion’s senior vice president of global strategic relationships said of Solder, “We already know Nate has a huge impact on the football field, now his and Lexi’s impact on the lives of children in poverty will also be long-lasting. Thousands of children will receive life-changing care through their local churches because of the care and commitment they’ve made.”
To learn more about the Solder’s partnership with Compassion, visit compassion.com/cleats.