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May 02, 2009 | 1 comment

*MOLA = Monroe, Louisiana

Guideposts Magazine. A write-in contest created to help people take positive steps in their everyday lives to achieve personal change through healthy living. Over 1500 entries. Expertise assembled (aka the DREAM Team*) to manifest the Guideposts mission - help others and inspire positive personal change.
* Fitness expert, Culinary expert, Empathy expert, Positivity expert

MOLA vini: YES!
MOLA vidi: YES!
MOLA vici: TBD!
Stay tuned for more MOLA updates throughout the year…

Tammie’s blogging about her chase too!

GO, Tammie…GO!

April 29, 2009 | Comment


Sponsor:  YouthNoise
Campaign: What Do You Play For?
Rules: Click HERE to see complete campaign rules and regulations
Duration: March 25, 2009 12:00 AM (PT) - May 20, 2009 11:30 PM (PT)
Campaign 411:
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Provide an answer to this Q: “What Do You Play For?!”
We want to know how you are using sports to make a difference in your life, your community or the world as a whole.

HOW: Submit a photo that clearly demonstrates how you are using sports to make an impact, and tell us in detail what cause or purpose you play for. Whether you play basketball to stay happy and healthy, run marathons to benefit local charities or coach soccer to empower young women, we want to hear your story. You could win the grand prize of $500 cash or scholarship!

Show me the $:

Grand Prize: One winner, selected by YouthNoise from the top 250 highest scoring entries, will win $500 cash or scholarship.
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Sign-Up Sweepstakes: Five winners, who sign up to receive information from YouthNoise by filling out the form in the Campaign Highlights area of the “What Do You Play For?” campaign or that opt-in from the Submit Entry tab, will be randomly selected to win $100 cash or scholarship.

Special Katalyst SHOUTOUT to Trina Chiasson/YouthNoise Play City Blogger who provided the “headsup” for this great power of sport effort by our next generation of human catalysts and citizens. Thanks, Trina!

be heard!

February 18, 2009 | Comment


I recently had the honor of talking with 2008 CNN Hero and founder of Back On My Feet, Anne Mahlum. We were connected by my old partner-in-crime, high school teammate and fellow human catalyst, Steve Brown (aka Brownie/Remission Man) - BIG thanks for connecting us, my man!

Anne’s story is affirmation once again that the power of ONE can truly impact MANY souls - it makes me even more proud that she’s makin’ it happen in my hometown!


February 10, 2009 | Comment

A Ball Can Change Your Life!”
- I’ve shared those words countless times, to audiences large and small, locally and internationally. I always enjoy receiving affirmation of this premise from the global network of human catalyst that are using sport as a tool to positively impact the lives of others - in this case or KASE…the lives of young ladies from Kenya. Kase stands for Kenyan American Soccer Exchange. CARE and Nike teamed up to create a catalytic moment for young ladies from Kenya and their peers from cities around the US. The one thing they all have in common is their passion for the game of soccer/football - a ball would bring them together to listen, learn, and laugh.

10 minutes of viewing that will absolutely provide you with…inspiration and insight! Thanks for sharing the film, Wayne + JMG!

Learn more about CARE’s Sport for Social Change Initiative - I Am Powerful

Enjoy the short film and Enjoy YOUR chase!

February 04, 2009 | Comment

At the 2009 World Economic Forum, global luminaries and celebrities in attendance are being asked to share their opinion on a personal, “hot-button” issue/topic in a short, pointed webisode - The Davos Debates

Our friend and human catalyst, Mel Young shared his p.o.v. about his belief that a ball can and IS changing the world. GOT Thoughts?! Join the Davos Debates’ convo…




January 19, 2009 | 4 comments


On August 28, 1963, I was three days away from my 5th Birthday when Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his memorable speech in DC. I can remember listening to his words with my grandfather over the radio.The first words spoken on that day to open the “I Have a Dream” speech were: “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.” LOUD, STRONG, MAGICAL is the way those first few words reverberated in my mind. As I watched my grandfather (aka Pop-Pop) listen and take in the moment on that hazy and hot summer day, I can still remember the level of attention and intention my Pop-Pop had on his face and in his eyes.

The best way to share what that look was like for me at five years old, is via the above pic. That’s me running track in junior high school. My focus was only on the run and the race; my eyes ahead and clearly looking forward; anticipating the first turn on the track and handing the baton off to the next runner on our relay team. That was my grandfather’s look on August 28, 1963 too.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the proverbial lead-off leg in the race to affect BIG change in our nation…I’m so happy to be alive to see the “baton” passed tomorrow to Barack Obama. Thank you, Dr. King!


January 15, 2009 | Comment

Building on the success of the first “Sport for a Better World Competition”, Nike and Ashoka’s Changemakers join forces once again to launch “GameChangers: Change the Game for Women in Sport”.



December 29, 2008 | 1 comment

“Right To Play is an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills, and foster peace for children and communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Working in both the humanitarian and development context, Right To Play trains local community leaders as Coaches to deliver our programs in more than 20 countries affected by war, poverty, and disease in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.”

You never know what you’ll find on the Internet.  Here are a couple of pictures I have not seen in ages of me speaking to kids, found on the Right to Play website:





What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

December 03, 2008 | Comment


The Melbourne, Australia edition of the Homeless World Cup is in full affect.  The HWC website had a very nice post and video stream about a workshop that I conducted for the players in this year’s games.  Have a look and follow this link to get the full story: 

Scoring goals on and off the field

Posted on 02/12/2008

By Tim Beissmann

â??Goal’ was certainly the buzz word during the opening day of the 2008 Homeless World Cup.

On the pitches, the players slammed miraculous strikes into the back of the net, making a perfect start in their pursuit of the week’s top prize.

But the most important goals were those shared by the players at the Scoring Your Dream Goal workshops run by motivational speaker Kevin Carroll at BMW Edge theatre.

The workshops encouraged the players set personal goals and think about how they would achieve their dreams, then write them down and share them with the room.

“It is not enough to have an idea in your head. You need to share it. That takes courage. That is your challenge,” said Kevin.

He said it was not important how the goal was written or spelt.  It was the action of writing it down which truly symbolised the intention to achieve it.

Kevin, who was abandoned by his drug-addicted parents when he was just six, told how discovering football as a child had changed his life, just as it had for the players of the Homeless World Cup.

“A ball can save a life. That is why every time you see that ball go in the back of the net this week, you will think about your dreams. Just as that player has reached their goal, you too will think of how you will reach yours.”

Everyone at the workshops received wristbands with the word DREAM inscribed on them, which represented the values of Dedication, Responsibility, Education, Attitude, and Motivation.

Speaking at his third Homeless World Cup, Kevin acknowledged that the road to achieving dreams was a difficult one, but also a highly rewarding one.

“It will not be easy,” he said. “But anything worth having takes dedication, time and effort.”

He told the players: “Your circumstances do not dictate your future”, and said he was living proof of that.

One Zimbabwean player said his goals were to play professional soccer for his local team in Zimbabwe, build a house for his homeless family, start up a soccer academy for the young people in his community and take care of and empower the orphans back at home.

Others simply wanted to do the best they could for their country in Melbourne and be able to return home with renewed pride and enthusiasm for life.

Kevin said he was greatly honoured to be in the presence of such leadership, and challenged the players to take those values home with them after the tournament concluded on December 7.

“You are all ambassadors.  Make a commitment to your dreams, your goals, and your futures.”

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

November 21, 2008 | Comment


One of the sponsors of this year’s Homeless World Cup - which features the first ever “Women’s World Cup” - is an organization called Women Win.

Women Win is the first ever international women’s fund that supports sport and physical activities as instruments for social change and women’s empowerment…Women Win believes that sport is the way for women and girls to learn leadership skills, develop character, self-esteem and a sense of belonging, while at the same time discover the fun, support and power of being together.

Sport provides a social network that women often lack.

It’s by joining a team, learning to lose, win, and achieve under pressure, that she can cultivate the necessary skills to be a future leader of her community.

Be sure to track the results of the women competing in Melbourne, Australia at this year’s Homeless World Cup right here at the KCK blog. 

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

October 03, 2008 | Comment


RC Port Melbourne

This is a Rotary Project where we are partnering with other community groups to participate in a highly successful international social change program—By providing most of the volunteers to run this years Homeless World Cup to be held in Federation Square & Birrarung Place—we will be creating a model for Rotary Involvement in future HWC’s. A unique opportunity for Rotarian’s, family & friends to utilise their vocations whilst participating in an exciting project that uses sport for social change.

There are one billion homeless people in our world today.  In the USA there are 3.5 million homeless people. Here each person costs society around $60,000 a year to be homeless. It costs $40,000 per year for one place in an emergency shelter in New York.

The Homeless World Cup exists to end this so we all have a home, a basic human need.  We use football as a trigger to inspire and empower people who are homeless to change their own lives. We do this firstly by creating a world-class, annual, international football tournament; and secondly, by inspiring and supporting grass roots football projects working with homeless and socially excluded people all year round…”

Follow the link to read the entire post.

It is quite apparent that all of Melbourne, Australia is mobilizing for the upcoming Homeless World Cup, December 1-7, 2008 - why even Victoria Premier John Brumby is getting in his kicks!

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!


September 04, 2008 | Comment

Next week will begin a slight transition here at KCK aka “KevinCarrollKatalyst.Com.”  We are moving to a ‘3-Day’ format.  Monday will continue to be “Monday Montage” but it will also include inspirational stories and

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

August 19, 2008 | 3 comments

From the Millennial Challenge blog:

Red Ball Drop Day #5: Finale!

My last official day for the Red Ball Drop in Uganda, and Ball Drop #23 and #24, took place at the ENGAGE Uganda, Namuwongo Youth Soccer Tournament (attended by over 500 people) and Uganda’s School for the Disabled. 10 youth from GYPA who live in Namuwongo, some of which also participate in Gomo Tong Football Club, participated in sporting matches with the children and youth including, hand ball and tug-o-war. View the photos here and more details coming soon!

Red Ball Drop #23 - Namuwongo
We distributed 5 Special Edition Kevin Carroll Katalyst Red Balls for the ENGAGE Uganda, Namuwongo Youth Soccer Tournament, which included more than 80 children in the matches.

Red Ball Drop #24 - Mengo
We distributed 4 Special Edition Kevin Carroll Katalyst Red Balls and 5 Molten Balls to over 200 children and youth.


In just 5 days here are the numbers:

Number of Red Balls and Molten Balls Distributed: 162
Number of Cities and Towns: 10
Number of Districts: 3
Number of Ball Drop Sites: 23
Estimated number of Ball Drop Uganda Beneficiaries: 3,000

The GYPA staff will embark on Ball Drops in Gulu later this week, and some of the balls will be used for the Gomo Tong Football Club preparations and practices for Homeless World Cup Melbourne.

Stay tuned…


Jeremy Goldberg and Global Youth Partnership for Africa are on the front lines of the sport for social change movement. A lot of dreaming happens when kids are at play, kicking a ball around a yard or field.  GYPA’s ball drops are like dream catchers, dream makers for kids.  A ball can change a life. 

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

July 29, 2008 | Comment

Can A Ball Really Change The World?
JULY 11, 2008

Two weeks ago I read an article in the Express that said the U.S. Trials for the Homeless World Cup were coming to DC.  That’s right—the Homeless World Cup, coming to recruit homeless men and women from our nation’s capital to compete against other homeless men and women from around the world.  Apparently the local players would stay in George Washington University housing, attend the LA Galaxy-DC United game and compete for a spot on the U.S. national team, which travels to Melbourne, Australia, in December.

Now, I had heard (and quite honestly, chuckled a little) about the Homeless World Cup last year when I learned that ESPN was co-sponsoring a documentary about the global phenomenon.  (You can watch a trailer for the film, entitled “Kicking It,” here).  But what seemed comical at the time - a vision of bearded, teethless individuals scurrying madly about an open field for someone else’s entertainment - was true misconception; I didn’t realize or appreciate potentially how phenomenal the Homeless World Cup could be.

After reading the article in the Express, therefore, I decided I should visit the Homeless World Cup website to learn more.  And, to my utter amazement, this is what I found:

Homeless World CupThere are one billion homeless people living in our world today.

The Homeless World Cup exists to end this, so we all have a home, a basic human need.

The Homeless World Cup is an annual, international football tournament, uniting teams of people who are homeless and excluded to take a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent their country and change their lives forever.

If only America’s rich NBA stars could feel the same way about representing their home country in the 2008 Olympics, maybe they wouldn’t lose.  But I digressâ?¦

The impact of the Homeless World Cup is consistently significant year after year with 73% of players changing their lives for the better by coming off drugs and alcohol, moving into jobs, education, homes, training, reuniting with families and even going on to become players and coaches for pro or semi-pro soccer teams.

The ultimate goal of the tournament?  To use sports as a means for social inclusion, involving between 100,000 and one million players by 2012.  In a word, to use sports for social change.

So, yes, a ball really can—and already has—changed the world.

I wonder: what else can it do?

Posted by Ryan Baldwin on July 11, 2008 at 5:17 PM

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July 22, 2008 | 1 comment

All good things begin with a plan.  “Kicking It”, the just released documentary on the 2006 Homeless World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa was a part of a plan by AOL executive Ted Leonsis:

How Ted Leonsis’ Snag Films Came To Be:

“I wanted to make films that had a double-bottom line - movies that had a return on their investment, but which also righted a wrong, or spurred viewers to social action. I began to think about the concept of ‘filmanthropy,’ believing that filmmakers could transform the energy created by a film that shined the light on injustice, or which exposed a social need, into greater audience participation…I learned that many great documentaries, released even two or three years ago and having run through their traditional distribution, are now hard to find, and large media companies want an easy way to have these films connect with an audience.”

Go to the Snag Films website and “watch full-length documentary films for free…and put them anywhere on the web. When you embed a widget on your web site, you open a virtual movie theater and become a “Filmanthropist…”  With a library of 225 documentaries, and rapidly growing—browse by topic or go through the alphabet from A-Z—you’re bound to find films that resonate with your interests.

For some, art is excessively highbrow, while sports is looked at as the domain of the uncultured.  What do you get when you combine the power of the artistic & athletic mediums with a powerful socio-political motive?  A third stream, ‘Filmanthropy,’ awareness, social change.  We’ve already seen this hybridization occur and we’re destined to see more in the coming years: seemingly incompatible disciplines cobbled together out of creative necessity and brought to bear on real problems in a rapidly changing world.

Sounds exciting.

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!


July 18, 2008 | Comment


From the State.Com:

About a year after being drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the No. 2 pick of the 2002 NBA Draft, (Jay) Williams was flung from his motorcycle when it smashed into a utility pole at 75 mph, seemingly ending his once-promising basketball career and almost killing him.


“It was hard, there were times when I thought about taking my life,” Williams said of his state after the accident. “I was on anti-depressants, taking OxyContin, and there were parts of my body that I couldn’t use anymore. The one word that could describe everything is the word â??humble’.

Williams, who had just completed his rookie season in the NBA, suffered severe ligament damage to his left knee, nerve damage to his leg and a broken pelvis. Just days after the crash, Williams was told by his doctor that he would be lucky to walk again, and the damage required 13 surgeries in three months.”

Williams, a Duke University graduate, came back from his injury and attempted a comeback to no avail.  Today, Williams works for 24 Hour Fitness and does the next best thing, speaking to young b-ballers at basketball camps and giving them the benefit of his hard earned experience.  His message: stay in school and “you can do anything that you put your mind to.”  Words to live by.

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!