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 As the United States prepared to take on Belgium in the World Cup Tuesday afternoon, the "United States" took on the "Netherlands" on the Siskey YMCA's pitch. The game was part of the Charlotte Eagles' Urban Eagles camp, a program that combines soccer with ministry.

 "It's a place where boys can come and be part of sports teams where they are able to connect with coaches and form mentoring relationships year round," Assistant Coach Ben Gates said.

Many of the kids in the camp are refugees or live in rough neighborhoods. But because of Coach Ben, soccer is their common language.

"He kept me out of trouble," Malik President, a camper, said. "I used to get suspended a lot."

"Where I live there's a lot of gangs, fighting and crime," CJ Jackson, a camper, said. "Coach Ben keeps me out of trouble. I am not going to jail or hanging out with the wrong people."

Coach Ben gives the campers a different path, a chance for kids to grow both in soccer and spiritually.

"The kids know that as coaches we are not just in their lives to teach them soccer and win games," Gates said. "We want them to step into the destinies that we believe God has for them."

The Charlotte Eagles are coaching kids to become men, both on and off the field.

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