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May 05, 2009 | 1 comment


Malcolm Gladwell shares his unique “forensic” writing style once again in his latest magazine piece for The New Yorker.

His latest “social forensic case” delves into just how “Davids” aka Underdogs (KC note: I just couldn’t resist using this image from one of my favorite childhood cartoons!) can defeat the “Goliaths” of the world with a bit of rule breaking, great effort, cleverness, a dash of the unexpected, and ingenuity.

For me, a story that can stitch together a compelling read using disparate tales of an low-skilled, girl’s youth hoops team’s rise to dominance + a Biblical tale of a “rule breaker” (aka David v. Goliath) + Rick Pitino as a freshman “bench warmer” at UMass + Julius “the Doctor….Errrrrving!” and create a painstakingly detailed, highly insightful, cleverly “penned”, joyfully unexpected reading experience for the “David-in-all-of-us” ... is gonna be a post on my blog! 

Well shared, Malcolm…well shared!

Enjoy the read + break some rules!

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

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


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?

March 11, 2009 | 1 comment


Dr. Stuart Brown (founder of the National Institute for Play + a great friend + human catalyst) shares is phenomenal knowledge, research, and play wisdom in his recently released book - PLAY.

Read it, Heed it + GO PLAY!


February 22, 2009 | Comment

Photog: Grace Carroll - see the pics

The Rose City Double-Dog-Dare Hoops Challenge:
? At stake: a 30 day mentorship for Kevin Ward from the “Windy City”

? The Games: best out of 5 games total—winner must be the victor in 3 out of the 5 competitions


? TWO Games of H-O-R-S-E: no trick shots or dunks or shots requiring a great deal of “vert”— K. Ward utilizes his deep shooting range to place K. Carroll in a quandry and Ward takes a “W” in Game 1 but, K. Carroll rebounds in Game 2 to eek out a victory to even the series.
Game 1: WARD Game 2: CARROLL

? ONE Game of Around-the-World: back/forth + drain 3 consecutive free throws to complete the game; after a miss, you can take a “chance” on any shot (note: taking a chance on the first shot of the game + missing the “chance shot” is automatic W for other player!) Note: WARD loses Game 3 by taking a chance -  K. Ward misses first shot in around-the-world contest, decides to take a chance, nonchalantly takes the chance shot (fully expecting to make it) and misses the shot! An “L” for Ward! Game 3: CARROLL

? TWO Games of SWISH: free throw shooting contest to score of 21- point scoring system: 1pt for made shot; 2pts for made shot that’s a “swish”; 3pts for made shot that’s a “swish” + it bounces back to shooter at foul line. K.Ward proves to be a free-throw shootin’ machine and locks into a shooting rhythm quickly and wins the first game comfortably.
Game 4: WARD 

Game 5 saw K. Carroll jump out to a substantial lead and it looked like the series would be closed out quickly and then there was a small, yet very significant, paparazzi “incident” that nearly changed the outcome of the competition! K. Ward had new life but, couldn’t establish his shooting rhythm again and the result was his hardwood demise.


The Rose City Double-Dog-Dare Hoops Challenge Winner: CARROLL*

*NOTE: In the true “katalytic”  spirit, Kevin Carroll grants 30-day mentorship to Kevin Ward based on his demonstration of courage and commitment to his personal development and intention—well done, K. Ward!

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?!

August 29, 2008 | Comment


From the Youth Noise website:

Making a KASE for Girls Soccer

Posted by:trinachi on 08/21/08

Today I’d like to recognize a collaborative sports effort that pushes for gender equality, teaches about AIDS/HIV prevention, builds life-skills for at-risk youth, and provides educational opportunities for women and girls in Kenya.

The team began with a few primary players: CARE (a humanitarian organization that fights global poverty) and their Sport for Social Change Initiative, Nike Let Me Play (a youth-directed program to fight global poverty and oppression through sports), and the Mathare Youth Soccer Association (dedicated to empowering impoverished youth in Kenya through sports and community service projects).

Once these three players got together to kick some ideas around on the playing field, they realized that they were unstoppable. They chose a team name—the Kenyan American Soccer Exchange, or KASE—and scored goal after goal empowering women and girls in Kenya.

The KASE Girls USA Tour brought Kenyan teams to the States to build relationships and play soccer. KASE also hosts workshops to train Kenyan coaches, build political and economic support for women’s sports in Kenya, and assist Universities in developing women’s sports programs. 

The Kase crew, in the midst of a multi-city tour, made it out to Portland in April; I remember seeing some news coverage of their visit. Beautiful cross cultural connections were made that could result in longterm friendships…and perhaps, change. 

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!