All posts tagged Homeless World Cup:

October 10, 2011 | Comment

a BALL can change the world + save a life!
Got HOPE?!

August 25, 2011 | Comment


Enjoy the fantastic & life changing football matches from the 2011 Homeless World Cup!
HWC Paris 2011!

August 19, 2011 | Comment
June 29, 2011 | Comment

The Homeless World Cup is a unique, pioneering social enterprise which exists to end homelessness. It uses soccer/football to energize homeless people to change their own lives.The Homeless World Cup is pioneering a level of impact never seen before. Over 70% of players significantly change their lives - HERE is a great example!

a BALL can change the world…a BALL can save a life!

August 01, 2010 | Comment

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Meet three social innovation organizations that are part of the ever-evolving sport for social change movement - Right To Play, The Homeless World Cup & Beyond Sport. All three are making BIG, positive differences in communities around the world -
a BALL can change the world!

December 18, 2009 | Comment

Girls Kick It!
Photog:Fran Meckler

A Ball Can change The World! features inspiring images captured by Fran Meckler* from three events/projects that are part of the global sport for social change movement. Featured in Fran’s images are:
Girls Kick It! - Namuwongo, Uganda; The 2009 USA Cup - Washington, DC; The 2009 Homeless World Cup - Milan, Italy.

*Fran & I were connected via my freind & fellow social-do-gooder Jeremy Goldberg, Founder of Global Youth Partnership for Africa this year - thanks, JMG!

Got Hope?!

November 13, 2009 | Comment

48 Nations, 500 players & One Ball…A Ball Can Change the World!

Milano Homeless World Cup 2009 - Bravo!

October 23, 2009 | Comment
 

The Finals of 2009 Homeless World Cup/Milano with Buddy from Buzz Films

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Though the teams may be gone and the army barrack tents where they stayed taken down, the energy remains. Relive the grit and glory of the final match- Ukraine v Portugal. The Ukraine pulled it out in a closely-contested match, where one teams goal always seemed to meet with a counter goal from the other squad. But words can’t do it justice. Check out the video to see the joy of victory and the agony of defeat unfold for yourself. And to get one last jolt of energy from lives being changed.

Learn more…

Got HOPE?!

September 13, 2009 | Comment

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Photo credit © FOTO UP AGENCY

UKRAINE CROWNED MILAN 2009 HOMELESS WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS
Posted on 13/09/2009

Today Ukraine defeated Portugal 5-4 in the final of the Milan 2009 Homeless World Cup, the annual international football tournament that gives people who are homeless the opportunity to change their own lives. 48 nations, 500 players from all 5 continents of the world were united in the Arena Civica, Milan, Italy for the 7th Homeless World Cup.

Mel Young, President, Homeless World Cup, closing the competition said: “Congratulations to the players. Your spirit of fair play, courage and determination is a true example to the human race. This is what the united nations can look like. People standing together creating change. A ball can change the world.”

Milan officials handed over to Brazil for the Rio 2010 Homeless World Cup in a high energy display of samba and colour with the Brazilians promising to deliver the best tournament ever next year.

77% of players involved in the Homeless World Cup experience a significant life change; no-longer using drugs and alcohol, moving into homes, jobs, education, training, repairing relationships and becoming coaches or players with semi-pro teams. 94% claim to have a renewed motivation for life.

Yes, Mel…A Ball CAN Change the World & the HWC is prooof of it! Well Done…

Got Dreams?!

September 12, 2009 | Comment

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Nike and Homeless World Cup/HWC are delighted that Buzz Films is the winner of the “Spiritus Concordia Victoria” Film Competition and will produce a short film capturing the Spirit, Unity, Victory of The Milan 2009 Homeless World Cup, which takes place in the Arena Civica, Sempione Park from 6-13 September 2009.
About BUZZ Films & Buddy…

Buzz Films presenter, Buddy is capturing the spirit and essence of the Homeless World Cup/HWC, which unites 500 players from 48 nations in Milan.  Buddy’s last assignment was for National Geographic with a trip through Outer Mongolia.

Here’s Buddy in BUZZ Films’ episode #6 - The Players…

Homeless World Cup, MILAN 2009 - The Players from Jan-Paul Bednarz on Vimeo.

Latest HWC Results…
Stay tuned for more episodes from Buddy & BUZZ Films!

Got HOPE?!

September 08, 2009 | 1 comment

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Nike and Homeless World Cup/HWC are delighted that Buzz Films is the winner of the “Spiritus Concordia Victoria” Film Competition and will produce a short film capturing the Spirit, Unity, Victory of The Milan 2009 Homeless World Cup, which takes place in the Arena Civica, Sempione Park from 6-13 September 2009.
About BUZZ Films & Buddy…

Buzz Films presenter, Buddy is capturing the spirit and essence of the Homeless World Cup/HWC, which unites 500 players from 48 nations in Milan.  Buddy’s last assignment was for National Geographic with a trip through Outer Mongolia.

Here’s Buddy in BUZZ Films’ episode #3 - The Parade…

Homeless World Cup, MILAN 2009 - The Parade from Jan-Paul Bednarz on Vimeo.

Stay tuned for more HWC episodes from Buddy & BUZZ Films…

Got PLAY?!

 

September 07, 2009 | Comment

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Nike and Homeless World Cup/HWC are delighted to announce Buzz Films as the winner of the “Spiritus Concordia Victoria” Film Competition.

Buzz Films will see up and coming presenter, Buddy, capture the spirit and essence of the Homeless World Cup/HWC, which unites 500 players from 48 nations in Milan in September.  Buddy’s last assignment was for National Geographic with a trip through Outer Mongolia.

Over 75 submissions were received from filmmakers from 5 continents when Nike and Homeless World Cup/HWC put the call out with a $50,000 fund to produce a short film capturing the Spirit, Unity, Victory of The Milan 2009 Homeless World Cup, which takes place in the Arena Civica, Sempione Park from 6-13 September 2009.
About BUZZ Films & Buddy…

Here’s Buddy in BUZZ Films’ episodes #1 & 2…The Arrival & The Draw

Homeless World Cup, MILAN 2009 - The Arrival from Jan-Paul Bednarz on Vimeo.

Homeless World Cup, MILAN 2009 - The Draw from Jan-Paul Bednarz on Vimeo.

Stay tuned for more HWC episodes from Buddy & BUZZ Films…

Got PLAY?!

September 07, 2009 | Comment

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A BALL CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!

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There 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/HWC 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. It has triggered and supports grass roots football projects in over 60 nations working with over 25,000 homeless and excluded people throughout the year.

The first tournament took place in Graz 2003 uniting 18 national teams. 6 years on 56 nations were united for Melbourne 2008, which included the first Women’s Cup. We are on the road to Milan 2009 from 6-13 September.

The impact is consistently significant year on 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 football teams.

The Homeless World Cup/HWC supporters include UEFA, Nike, UN, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Ambassador Eric Cantona and international footballers Didier Drogba and Rio Ferdinand.

Latest HWC results…

Got Hope?!

September 05, 2009 | Comment

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HWC Press Release

United Nations backs Homeless World Cup

3 September 2009, With just three days until the kick off of the 7th Milan 2009 Homeless World Cup, the United Nations have announced their support with a message from the special adviser to the United Nations Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace. The Milan 2009 Homeless World Cup welcomes 48 nations to the Arena Civica, Sempione Park, Milan from 6-13 September 2009.

The United Nations considers sport as a powerful tool to promote education, health, development and peace. Sport unites people of all social classes, cultures and religions in a positive and educational way.

As the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Wifried Lemke said: it is with great pleasure that I offer my support to the “Milan 2009 Homeless World Cup”, a football initiative which has been uniting teams of homeless people to take a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent their country and change their lives forever.

The Homeless World Cup initiative is an extraordinary example of the application of sport as a tool for community development. The Homeless World Cup has triggered the establishment of over 50 local grass roots projects working with people who are homeless and excluded from society. 

The impact of the Homeless World Cup has been consistently significant with a large majority of players changing their lives for the better, by coming off drugs and alcohol, moving into jobs, education, homes, training, reuniting with families and some even going on to become players and coaches for professional or semi-professional football teams.

Considering the increase in the number of participating teams from 18 national teams in the year 2003 to 48 national teams for the current event in Milan, the Homeless World Cup is well on the way to realizing its vision - a healthy, abundant, confident world where everyone has a home, a basic human right. 

The initiative has been a very successful means to raise awareness of issue surrounding the homeless and to improve the image of homeless people amongst the general public. The positive impact that this project has been able to have on individuals from more than 70 countries makes it an initiative that deserves any additional support it can obtain.

I look forward to a continued collaboration with the Homeless World Cup initiative and wish all participants the very best in this life-changing experience!”

I had the honor of meeting & spending time conversing with Wifried Lemke at the Beyond Sport Summit & Awards - he’s a “true believer” in the power of sport movement!

The 7th Annual Homeless World Cup kicks-off tomorrow/September 6th in Milan, Italy!

Got Hope?!

April 12, 2009 | Comment

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From the desk of Jeremy Goldberg…

Dear Friends, Family and Colleagues,

I am pleased to share with you some BIG news!.  In partnership with FUNDaFIELD and Sport Court, we are pleased to announce that Uganda will now be the home to an official Street Soccer Pitch.  This is the first Street Soccer pitch of its kind, and it will be located in Northern Uganda. This will be a space for community engagement, soccer tournaments, educational programs, and income-generating activities.

We could not have done this without the long hours and months of support and interest by a variety of individuals and colleagues, from FUNDaFIELD who builds fields for youth and kids in Africa, Sport Court’s incredible, state-of the art modular surfacing, Street Soccer USA and Africa Sports Outreach. 

In addition, through the help of our staff in Uganda, and through the efforts of volunteers in-country and soon to be headed to Uganda, we will further realize this dream in Northern Uganda… that as Kevin Carroll Katalyst says, “A ball can change your life.”

We look forward to hearing from you. Appreciate your support and feedback, and commitment to the efforts of the global sports for social change movement.  And, of course, stay tuned, there will be updates as the pitch is developed over the coming months.  The official inauguration of the pitch will take place early this summer!

Best,
Jeremy M. Goldberg
Founder/GYPA

JMG continues to do “human catalyst” work for the wonderful people/souls in Northern Uganda - well done, Jeremy…well done!

March 01, 2009 | Comment

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I had just finished the first of two personal development sessions that I was leading, Scoring Your DREAM Goal, with a group of participating teams at the 6th Homeless World Cup tournament in early December 2008 in Melbourne Australia. The cacophony of the team’s voices and the diversity of the languages being spoken at the break of the session reverberated beautifully throughout the lecture space that unquestionably qualifies as a “design marvel”—the BMW Edge Center at Federation Square.

Amid the din of the excited voices of the players still getting familiar with their surroundings in-the-land-downundah, I was having a conversation with Kat Byles, Media Director for the HWC about the next session. A man approached me and greeted me with a broad confident smile, “Hello, I’m Alex!” I politely said hello back to him and then he said his greeting once more to be certain that I heard him correctly, “Hello, I’m Alex!” As I studied him closely, I realized that he looked quite familiar to me but, I couldn’t figure out how I knew him—each year at the HWC there are over 500 players present and it’s easy to not recognize a face.

He must have noticed my effort to place his name and face so, he provided me with some very clear context when he asked, “Have you seen the film Kicking It?” I have seen the documentary, Kicking It, dozens of times and I’m quite familiar with how it chronicles the journey of five aspiring soccer hopefuls from around the globe, each facing disparate situations such as, kicking a drug addiction, surviving in a war-torn nation, facing abject poverty or dealing with abandonment. Each of them shares their story of how they hope to score the chance to make-the-cut and wear their nation’s uniform/kit at the 3rd annual Homeless World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa. Just like one of those TV crime scene investigation programsâ?¦I quickly pieced together how I knew this man standing proudly in front of me. I exclaimed, “you’re Alex from Kenya!” He beamed and nodded his head affirming my response.

Continue reading A WDH? story...enjoy!

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?!

September 07, 2008 | 1 comment

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As many of you know from my having mentioned it here and on my ESPN blog, “Kicking It” is a film about the 2006 Homeless World Cup“The film chronicles one of the most unique sporting events, the 4th Annual Homeless World Cup, where 500 homeless soccer players from 48 nations traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to represent their countries. The players have been knocked down by life, hailing from such disparate parts of the world as war torn Afghanistan, the slums of Kenya, the drug rehab clinics of Dublin, Ireland, the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina, the overflowing public shelters of Madrid, Spain, and the unforgiving city of St. Petersburg, Russia, where the homeless have no rights or identity.”

This is a powerful, beautiful film and it demonstrates the power of sport to change lives.

Kicking It airs on ESPN2 this week, Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 6PM and Wed. Sept 10 at 7PM.  Check your local listings to make sure those times apply in your time zone…and enjoy!

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

August 28, 2008 | Comment

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Team Columbia

MEDIA RELEASE

Thursday 28 August 2008

MELBOURNE 2008 HOMELESS WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN BEGINS

â?˘ 100 days until the Melbourne 2008 Homeless World Cup
â?˘ 56 nations make Melbourne 2008 the biggest Homeless World Cup ever
â?˘ Women’s Cup is a first in Homeless World Cup history
â?˘ Legacy of 30 street soccer programs rolled out across Australia
â?˘ National ambassadors unveiled

In just under 100 days, Melbourne’s Federation Square and Birrarung Marr will come alive with the grit, spirit and glory of one of the world’s most unique international sporting events—the Melbourne 2008 Homeless World Cup.

From December 1-7, 2008, 56 nations will unite in Melbourne for the biggest Homeless World Cup tournament ever, including the first Women’s Cup.

Women are making strides this year on many fronts and here’s another first: the Homeless World Cup is having its first ever Women’s Cup!  Women have always been a part of the Cup,but rarely did they get the playing time.  They would sit on the sideline and every now and then, if the game was a rout, a woman would get in at garbage time.  No more.  The women of the Homeless World Cup have their own thing this year and the spotlight, now, will shine firmly on them.  And one thing I can tell you from experience: these women can PLAY!

(Follow the link below to read the entire HWC press release)

 

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

August 19, 2008 | 3 comments

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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.

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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…

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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?!

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