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October 10, 2011 | Comment

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

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!

September 13, 2009 | Comment

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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?!

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…

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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.

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