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Eleven Washington area high school girls, the DC Blast, are spending two weeks in South Africa sharing cultures and soccer with local girls. <br><a href=INTERACTIVE | Meet the players of the DC Blast and hear their impressions of the trip." border="0"/>
Eleven Washington area high school girls, the DC Blast, are spending two weeks in South Africa sharing cultures and soccer with local girls.
INTERACTIVE | Meet the players of the DC Blast and hear their impressions of the trip.
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On June 24, 11 teenage girls and their soccer coaches headed off to South Africa. The goal: Teach soccer to girls in an area heavily affected by HIV/AIDS. And learn something about the larger world around them. Here are some highlights from the trip.
 
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Surprise! Coach Ian Oliver sprung a visit to a lion rescue center and Addo Elephant National Park on the D.C. Blast soccer team. The girls had spent the rest of their trip teaching soccer and taking classes on HIV/AIDS.
 
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Near the end of the D.C. Blast's trip to South Africa, photographer Alice Keeney put her camera in the hands of teen soccer player Molly Brune. Here's the Port Elizabeth beach through Molly's eyes.
 
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The D.C. Blast spends another day with the girls and boys of Port Elizabeth.
 
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The girls from D.C. Blast undergo a cultural exchange during their first Grassroot Soccer session at Ndzondelelo High School.
 
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The D.C. Blast stops in Richmond, Africa, for a church service on Sunday. The church, a predominantly black Anglican church, has a relationship with the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.
 
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Eleven Washington-area high school girls, the D.C. Blast, are spending two weeks in South Africa teaching soccer to local girls.
 
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Eleven Washington-area high school girls, the D.C. Blast, are spending two weeks in South Africa teaching soccer to local girls.
 
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Eleven Washington-area high school girls, the D.C. Blast, are spending two weeks in South Africa teaching soccer to local girls.
 
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After learning about security at the U.S. Consulate, the D.C. Blast plays a soccer game against a South African women's soccer team.
 

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