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June 17, 2012 | Comment

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Every Father’s Day, I love recalling the catalytic impact that Preston Playground had on my life so, annually on Father’s Day I like to reprise my Ode to Preston Playground (circa 2008) blogpost - a significant play, sports and man-making locale for me in my formative years. Happy Father’s Day - Preston Playground!

My father was gone by my 3rd birthday—never to return. He left no memories of a stern voice, or comforting touch, “a smell-good” scent, or that weary and pride-filled look of “I’m workin’ my behind off for this family.” I have no memories of nurturing or endearing moments, and no “go git your glove boy & let’s head out back” images to reflect on either. I don’t have one picture of my father anywhere. I don’t have a single snapshot of our family together or of him holding his sons in a bear hug. Read More…

October 01, 2009 | Comment

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“RedBall: Grand Rapids” 2009 | ¬©2009 Kurt Perschke

Kurt Perschke & RedBall Project are in the TOP 25 in the 2009 ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan!! An amazing accomplishment considering that there were 1,236 artists entered in the competition.

ArtPrize is a radically open competition from September 23 - October 10, 2009.

Tonite the Final 10 will be announced. If selected in the final 10 projects, Kurt & RedBall Project will be vying for the grand prize - $250,000.00!

All appendages are crossed for Kurt & RedBall Project.

Stay tuned…

Got PLAY?!

March 20, 2009 | Comment
                                Marian Wright Edelman + Dr. Gary W. Harper + Trudee Abel-Peterson + Ernie Allen + Larry Wooldridge + Passion + Action = National Safe Place Community Catalysts and HEROES for Youth! Read more about these Heroes/Sheroes of NSP.
March 17, 2009 | 1 comment

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Photog: Jesse Jordan/ Artist: Caitlin Beidler

National Safe Place/NSP is truly a catalyst in the movement to better the lives of young people in difficult situations. I had the opportunity to speak at the 2008 NSP Conference that coincided with the 25th anniversary -
the NSP team and leadership truly inspired me!

Check out more pics of the NSP Community Catalysts: NSP 2008 Conference

March 15, 2009 | 4 comments

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Oh, a storm is threatning
My very life today
If I dont get some shelter
Oh yeah, Im gonna fade away

- excerpted from The Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter

This week is National Safe Place Week: March 16th, 2009 - March 22nd, 2009

The 2008 Senate Announcement…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 14, 2008
Senate Unanimously Approves Feinstein-Martinez Resolution to
Designate the Week of March 16 - 22 as “National Safe Place Week”

Washington, DC—The Senate has unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by
U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) that designates the week of March 16-22, 2008 as “National Safe Place Week.”

Safe Place is a nationally acclaimed program committed to protecting America’s youth for the past 25 years by making help readily accessible to those who might be abused, neglected, threatened or in immediate danger. More than 200,000 youth have received help at nearly 16,000 Safe Place sites or as a result of counseling by phone following Safe Place school education. This program is currently operated by 143 agencies serving 900 communities in 41 states, including in California.

“Today’s youth face growing pressures in their daily lives at school, at home, and in the community. That is why it is so important that the National Safe Place program provides thousands of young people with access to counselors, legal services, and emergency shelters—keeping them out of trouble and off of dangerous streets,”

Click HERE to read the entire press release

This week’s KCK blogposts will feature the work and success of National Safe Place. With pics from the 2008 NSP conference, video of the heroic efforts of NSP community leaders, and some of my personal reflections/thoughts about the necessity of a safe place for a young dreamer, I hope to raise your awareness of NSP’s work and role as a catalyst in the lives of young people.

National Safe Place truly does the “lonely work” (sometimes unglamorous but very necessary) needed to assist in safeguarding and protecting the welfare and dreams of our next generation of leaders. When young lives are thrust into difficult and unsafe situations, National Safe Place and their community partners give much needed shelter, guidance, and support.

I personally know how important a safe place can be for a child and the positive impact that place can have on a future - 711 Haverford Road, the Lane’s house, Preston Playground, school(s), and the public library were those places for me. So, it’s with great admiration and pride that I celebrate the work of National Safe Place this week!

Keep chasin’ and turnin’ dreams into a reality‚?¶

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:

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What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

December 26, 2008 | Comment

From the ‘Gamechangers’ website:

“Change the Game for Women in Sports.

Together we can overcome any barrier. We can create opportunities for women to win. And the freedom to try.

Gamechangers is a competition and community in one. Its a contest of ideas to level the playing field. Share your stories. Let use know about people and organizations beating the odds.

Enter your ideas. Win $5,000 and speak to people with the resources to bring your ideas to life. “


Go here for more information.  And be a game changer. 

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

November 21, 2008 | Comment

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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?!

November 07, 2008 | 1 comment

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Our colleague from Global Youth Partnership for Africa and Girls Kick It! fame, Anna Phillips, was recently interviewed by the folks over at Youth Noise.  Check out this excerpt: 

Youth Noise

Interview With Anna Phillips, Founder of Girls Kick It!

A few days ago, I had the chance to talk to Anna Phillips, the incredible 22-year-old founder of Girls Kick It!—a comprehensive sports program for young women in northern Uganda. Anna created Girls Kick It! with the help of Global Youth Partnership for Africa (GYPA) to empower and educate women, many of whom have been affected by war and poverty, through sports‚?¶

“Me: How did Girls Kick It! get started?

Anna: It got started because I grew up playing sports in middle school and high school. I wrestled and played rugby. I decided to major in human rights at George Washington University after traveling to Africa the summer before I started school. It was a self-designed major that allowed me a lot of flexibility in the classes I was able to take. 

Then in January 2006, I got a chance to combine my passion for sports and human rights. I went to the Global Youth Partnership for Africa’s youth summit in Uganda. GYPA brought together American and Ugandan youth leaders who were interested and passionate about HIV/AIDS, women’s issues and reconciliation. After the summit, I worked with GYPA to create a sports programs specifically for women. There were programs where women are involved, but nothing specifically for them. With the help and support of GYPA I was able to find amazing mentors and resources to create Girls Kick It! In particular, the advice of Awista Ayub, a phenomenal woman who created a girls soccer program in Afghanistan, helped me in the early planning stages. The sports for social change movement is relatively small, and everyone was willing to help and meet with me‚?¶”

The sports for social change movement may be small compared to other initiatives that seek to foment change in people’s lives.  But the use of sport as a social change agent is happening on just about every continent.  I am confident that more young people like Anna will continue to make the connection between their individual, athletic/creative talents and using those gifts in non-traditional ways that benefit other people. 

 

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

November 03, 2008 | 1 comment

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Who is Global Giving?

“GlobalGiving is an online marketplace that connects you to the causes and countries you care about. You select the projects you want to support, make a tax-deductible contribution, and get regular progress updates - so you can see your impact.”

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One of this year’s Global Giving causes is the Homeless World Cup which will feature the first Women’s HWC tournament, composed of eight teams and perhaps 100 women.  Many of these teams will need help with transportation, equipment and the like.  Follow the link above to see how Global Giving is helping raise funds to ensure that each participating women’s team is able to concentrate on scoring goals and not soccer cleats or plane fare.

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What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

October 10, 2008 | 1 comment

Have fun at work - it’s productive

”‚?¶Surely, creating a healthy workplace environment devoid of the usual toxic traits and personalities has got to be more complicated than simply carting to work a don’t-worry-be-happy attitude.

Not according to American psychologist Stephen Lundin, author of the perennial best-seller Fish! The 67-year-old who ended a decade on the professional development circuit in Christchurch last week claims workplace morale and corporate success will sink or swim on the attitude of employees.

Sounds simple enough, but Lundin says the scarcity of positive work environments and employees packing a good attitude would suggest we humans are not as smart as we think. “It’s simplicity on the other side of complexity,” says Lundin of his ideas on building a better workplace.‚?¶”

Read the entire article here.

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The article goes on to discuss the workers at Pike Place (fish) market in Seattle, WA who are known for their non-stop humorous banter with each other and their customers, brightening up what would otherwise be a pretty dreary job.

Attitude can trump aptitude?!  According to psychologist Lundin, its as easy as these four steps: play, making someone’s day, being there, and choosing one’s attitude.

Give it a try!

 

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

October 03, 2008 | Comment

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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?!