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You can overcome barriers’: Sheryl Okemaysim Bugler reflects on a decade of running Indigenous youth soccer – CBC

by ahnationtalk on October 31, 2018132 Views

Sheryl Okemaysim Bugler and husband help hundreds of Indigenous kids play soccer with Native Sons

Oct 31, 2018

Sheryl Okemaysim Bugler can’t imagine her life without soccer.

Growing up on the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation, she was introduced to the sport through a free program run by a member of the reserve.

“I looked forward to games and I remember how it made me feel,” she said. “We’re a big family and we had a lot of alcoholism in our home and this was my most healthy, positive outlet.”

The local soccer program paid for the fees and transportation to and from practice for kids, opening up a whole new world for then eight-year-old Okemaysim Bugler, who grew up in a family of 10.

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