All posts tagged Making A Difference:

June 17, 2012 | Comment

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…

June 06, 2012 | Comment

Got Balls?!

January 06, 2012 | Comment

sOccket - reTHINK FUNction
At Uncharted Play, we have one goal: convince the masses to reTHINK FUNction. Who says solutions to global problems have to be boring? By optimizing the functionality of play, we hope to address issues of global importance while injecting more joy into each day. For the sOccket, the flagship movement of Uncharted Play, this means taking a sport loved around the world and harnessing this passion to provide real, environmentally-friendly energy to power electrical appliances like LED lamps, water sterilization devices and mini refrigerators. We also hope that our innovation will inspire others to dream and create as well. Innovation is nothing if not contagious, and our goal is to lead by example, paving the way for people around the world to fix the issues facing humanity while keeping joy at the forefront of their lives.


December 12, 2011 | Comment

COMMON Hoops from COMMON Hoops on Vimeo.

Common Hoops...bringing young people together to design and construct basketball backboards from salvaged materials. The creative expression empowers kids, the construction creates jobs, and the installation creates pride in the community.
Got Hoops & Ideas?!

November 12, 2011 | Comment

Don’t Talk About It (or Read About It)...BE About It!
Recognizing the necessity of having “real world experiences” in the Master of Public Affairs (MoPA) program at the University of San Francisco, grad students are challenged with developing a project to demonstrate their grasp of concepts and theories shared in the classroom…

The IDEA: in cooperation with YMCA Bayview Hunters Point Sports and Recreation Program Director, Celestino Ellington (a Hunters Point native + “success story”), the MoPA students developed a program called “In The Zone” to compliment Ellington’s Student Athlete Academy which supports the youth participating in their After-School Academic and Sports Academy.

The GOAL: as part of the MoPA student’s “In The Zone” program, a GOAL to raise $3,000 has been set to fund the redesign of an underutilized classroom space at the YMCA Bayview Hunters Point. The funds will be used to transform the space into “The Study Zone” - a comfortable, inviting, creative and engaging space for student athletes to meet with tutors, mentors and work with each other to prepare for SAT/ACTs, homework assignments, and college preparation. 

The ASK: the MoPA students are asking you to assist in reaching their goal of raising $3,000 to improve this classroom environment at the YMCA Bayview Hunters Point.

Join this catalytic call-to-action and help encourage the youth of Bayview/Hunters Point to create their own “success story” just like their program director, Celestino Ellington.

SCROLL: Down the YMCA of San Francisco donation page
DONATE: YMCA of San Francisco (tax-exempt contribution)
DESIGNATE BRANCH: Bayview Hunters Point
CLICK ON: Specify Program
TYPE IN: Sports and Recreation Department

Qs: Jeremy M. Goldberg/USF MoPA Student - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

October 10, 2011 | Comment

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

September 20, 2011 | Comment

Jersey Auction held online and at Timbers’ home match Sept. 21 at JELD-WEN Field
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers and Mercy Corps have partnered to play host to a special jersey auction in recognition of the International Day of Peace. The auction will run up to and during the Timbers’ match against the San Jose Earthquakes at JELD-WEN Field on Wednesday, Sept. 21. All proceeds from the auction benefit Mercy Corps sports programs and the Portland Timbers Community Fund. The jersey auction will be held in two parts – online and in-game – allowing fans to get their hands on their favorite Timbers player’s game jersey. Those with the winning bid will be presented their jersey by the player during a meet-and-greet on field following the Sept. 21 match. The jersey of the players on the Timbers’ match-day roster for Sept. 21 will include a commemorative International Day of Peace patch.

KC Special Note: I already purchased Darlington Nagbe’s jersey (#6) & will be donating it to Mercy Corps Sports for Change effort!


August 30, 2011 | Comment

Caffè Umbria will create a special AC Portland Blend (name to be determined via Facebook contest running this week).
Social Good: $1.00 from every bag sold will be remitted to AC Portland to help further their soccer-focused student achievement work in the Rose City.
Community Catalysts: Caffè Umbria is involved because it’s led by a team of passionate, soccer-loving Italians and Italophiles who support the local Pacific Northwest soccer teams (Timbers in Portland and Sounders in Seattle). Timbers Army is involved because the 107ist is about… No Pity. Just Action!


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!

June 15, 2011 | 1 comment

Skateistan is Afghanistan’s—and the world’s—first co-educational skateboarding school. Operating as an independent, neutral, Afghan NGO, the school engages growing numbers of urban and internally-displaced youth in Afghanistan through skateboarding, and provides them with new opportunities in cross-cultural interaction, education, and personal empowerment.
PLAY & Sport can change the world…Got Ollies?!

March 16, 2011 | Comment

Philadelphia is home to a new national champion!
The Cowtown/Work to Ride polo team, which is based in Fairmount Park, won the 42d annual USPA National Interscholastic Championship tournament Sunday in Charlottesville, Va.“It was awesome,” Cowtown/WTR coach Lezlie Hiner said of her team’s 24-17 victory over Baltimore in the title game at the University of Virginia’s indoor polo facility.
Cowtown/WTR became the first all-black team to win the national championship. The team, which entered the tournament as the second seed, includes brothers Kareem Rosser, 18, and Daymar Rosser, 16, of West Philadelphia, and Brandon Rease, 15, of North Philadelphia. Hiner said Cowtown/WTR broke to an early lead against Baltimore. The team did the same thing in a 24-8 victory over Midland (Texas) in Saturday’s semifinals.

About WTR: Created in 1994 by Lezlie Hiner, Work to Ride is a non-profit, providing disadvantaged urban youth from Philadelphia with constructive activities centered around horsemanship, equine sports, and education. Located in Fairmount Park, the setting provides a unique opportunity to bring 7-to 19-year-old youth in contact with animals and nature. While most participants are trained in several sports, polo has proven to be the perennial favorite of Work to Ride youth.

I’m honored to say that I’ve been a “true believer” in the amazing work that Lezlie is doing with the young people from Philly who participate in her program - read more HERE...see more HERE

Got Passion?!

March 03, 2011 | Comment

TED Prize Winner JR & INSIDE OUT from TED Prize on Vimeo.

INSIDE OUT is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images will be made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities. People can participate as an individual or in a group; posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window to a wall of portraits on an abandoned building or a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and viewable virtually. INSIDE OUT is a collaboration between the artist JR, the TED Prize and you. INSIDE OUT is funded by The Sapling Foundation, Social Animals and generous donations from people like you. JR’s TED Prize
More TED…
Got Art?!

February 16, 2011 | Comment


Dear Kevin,
At the Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics leadership meeting held November 30, 2010 in Chicago, I received a red rubber ball after your inspiring session. In January, I brought the red rubber ball to Rehoboth, 130 km from Durban, South Africa. Rehoboth is a children’s village taking care of 55 seropositive orphaned or abandoned children. Our son Johan and daughter-in-law/Marinde work at Rehoboth as volunteers.

Kevin, you’re right: playing is extremely important for the healthy development of children! At Rehoboth you can experience and see that playing has extreme positive influence in the development, both social and physical, of children.

Warm greetings,
Jan Rothuizen
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics B.V./Netherlands

Got PLAY?!

January 03, 2011 | Comment

January 8th from 3p-5p at the Hollywood Theatre - Film Action Oregon (“FAO”), provider of educational arts experiences for over 2,000 young people each year, is partnering with yours truly (Rose City author, speaker and creative catalyst) to create some “Game Day” excitement for FAO’s production and animation education programs by hosting an inspiring Pep Rally for the Arts.  This exciting event will bring the stadium experience to the Hollywood Theatre, providing a creative collision of film, food, fun and an auction.

Auction items include:
Portland Trail Blazers - One/autographed team ball, Two Tickets/February 23rd vs. LA Lakers, One/Game Suite - April 1st vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (featuring NBA All-Star Kevin Durant)!
Seattle Seahawks - One/autographed game jersey from #51/Lofa Tatupu (Defense Captain), One/autographed game helmet from Head Coach, Pete Carroll!
A Pep Rally For The Arts! Special-Edition Poster (+ 5 print versions) - created by Nike’s renowned designer Tinker Hatfield!
A Film Poster from the award winning & acclaimed movie MILK - autographed by Academy Award Nominated Director,, Gus Van Sant!

I will be screening clips from some of the most powerful sports films ever produced (via iconic scenes, iconic music, iconic voices + a few “jump-out-of-your-seat” pep talks!) that will reveal the power of sport and film’s ability to capture our imagination, stir our emotion and inspire us to?
support arts education for young people because FILM can transform lives!

Purchase advance tickets: HERE!
Can’t Make It… we welcome a donation: HERE!

December 22, 2010 | Comment

Celebrating the University of Oregon’s invitation to play in the BCS National Championship game on January 10th, Film Action Oregon (“FAO”), provider of educational arts experiences for over 2,000 young people each year, is partnering with Rose City author, speaker and creative catalyst Kevin Carroll to create some “Game Day” excitement for FAO’s production and animation education programs by hosting an inspiring Pep Rally for the Arts.  This exciting event will bring the stadium experience to the Hollywood Theatre, providing a creative collision of  film, food, fun and a sports auction. Auction items from the Trail Blazers, Seahawks, a special-edition poster designed by Nike’s renowned designer Tinker Hatfield and more. Kevin will screen clips from some of the most powerful sports films ever produced, revealing the power of sport and film’s ability to capture our imagination, stir our emotion and inspire us to… support arts education for young people because… FILM can transform lives!
Purchase Tickets - HERE or at the door on January 8th.

October 02, 2010 | Comment

What makes your school green?
Share your story, win cool prizes, and change the world! From September 15th to October 27th, YouthNoise is teaming up with Link TV and the Redford Center to host the Green Schools Media Challenge. The contest is a project of Youth Building Healthy Communities, a campaign where young leaders use their community organizing skills to fight health disparities and improve their neighborhoods. The Green Schools Media Challenge highlights high school and college students who are taking action to green their schools. This could include documenting scenes from the school garden, proposing energy-efficient lighting in classrooms, explaining how to start an Environmental Club, or creating posters in art class to inform students about healthy food options. Students from across the US will share their stories and solutions, and inspire others to get involved and make an impact, too. The contest begins on September 15th and runs through October 27th. During the challenge, students will upload video or photo entries with short text descriptions. Winners will be determined by online voting and a judging panel that consists of celebrities, activists, and filmmakers. The winning films or photo entries will be featured at the Redford Center Green Schools Summit in Sundance, Utah and aired to millions on Link TV.


September 12, 2010 | Comment

Photog: Marcus Swanson

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
- Nelson Mandela

Eric Howell’s film focuses on a rag-tag group of children in an unidentified, war-torn country who are playing soccer and their ball flies out of reach.  Our hero Ana is unexpectedly forced into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a sniper. Ana’s Playground avoids political or regional stereotypes. Its focus is on the effects of war on children. The Katalyst - Episode #5

A chance meeting with filmmaker Eric Howell created a catalytic opportunity for me to serve as an “encourager” to him as he was working on his short, award winning film - Ana’s Playground. His film will make you take pause & ponder the notion of innocence lost. 

August 29, 2010 | Comment

The Aspen Ideas Festival draws the most influential thinkers to the Aspen Institute for a week long gathering full of debate and the combining of perspectives and ideas. Plum TV correspondent Karen Duffy, was at the Aspen Institute to talk to these leaders and gain insight into their platform on the most controversial issues. One of the most significant topics, the environment, invites ideas of eliminating environmental ignorance and realizing humanly limits within the environmental systems. She also addresses education and play, and talks with thought leaders about why play is crucial for children and the role of creativity in education. The consensus of these visionaries is that all of these ideas are useless unless we put them into action.

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