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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.

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December 22, 2008 | 2 comments

KC + his Melbourne, OZ friends (Daniel, Justin, + Suze):
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Images of Team Uganda+The Melbourne Pitch & Downtown:

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December 12, 2008 | 1 comment

Down under in Melbourne, Australia last week, I was interviewed by a videographer with the Homeless World Cup, who had a couple of questions for me:

 

 

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December 08, 2008 | Comment

Victorious Afghanistan, won 5 goals to 4 over defending champion Russia at the 2008 Homeless World Cup in Melbourne, Australia.

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Photo courtesy of ABC

The Women’s Champions of the World: Zambia.  They defeated Liberia, 7-1.

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Photo courtesy of AFP/Getty

Congratulations as well to the Ugandan women’s team which finished in 5th Place.  Angel Taka of Team Gomo Tong “was awarded the Nike Fair Play Award, given to the player who best embodies the spirit of the 2008 Homeless World Cup.”

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December 03, 2008 | Comment

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The Melbourne, Australia edition of the Homeless World Cup is in full affect.  The HWC website had a very nice post and video stream about a workshop that I conducted for the players in this year’s games.  Have a look and follow this link to get the full story: 

Scoring goals on and off the field

Posted on 02/12/2008

By Tim Beissmann

â??Goal’ was certainly the buzz word during the opening day of the 2008 Homeless World Cup.

On the pitches, the players slammed miraculous strikes into the back of the net, making a perfect start in their pursuit of the week’s top prize.

But the most important goals were those shared by the players at the Scoring Your Dream Goal workshops run by motivational speaker Kevin Carroll at BMW Edge theatre.

The workshops encouraged the players set personal goals and think about how they would achieve their dreams, then write them down and share them with the room.

“It is not enough to have an idea in your head. You need to share it. That takes courage. That is your challenge,” said Kevin.

He said it was not important how the goal was written or spelt.  It was the action of writing it down which truly symbolised the intention to achieve it.

Kevin, who was abandoned by his drug-addicted parents when he was just six, told how discovering football as a child had changed his life, just as it had for the players of the Homeless World Cup.

“A ball can save a life. That is why every time you see that ball go in the back of the net this week, you will think about your dreams. Just as that player has reached their goal, you too will think of how you will reach yours.”

Everyone at the workshops received wristbands with the word DREAM inscribed on them, which represented the values of Dedication, Responsibility, Education, Attitude, and Motivation.

Speaking at his third Homeless World Cup, Kevin acknowledged that the road to achieving dreams was a difficult one, but also a highly rewarding one.

“It will not be easy,” he said. “But anything worth having takes dedication, time and effort.”

He told the players: “Your circumstances do not dictate your future”, and said he was living proof of that.

One Zimbabwean player said his goals were to play professional soccer for his local team in Zimbabwe, build a house for his homeless family, start up a soccer academy for the young people in his community and take care of and empower the orphans back at home.

Others simply wanted to do the best they could for their country in Melbourne and be able to return home with renewed pride and enthusiasm for life.

Kevin said he was greatly honoured to be in the presence of such leadership, and challenged the players to take those values home with them after the tournament concluded on December 7.

“You are all ambassadors.  Make a commitment to your dreams, your goals, and your futures.”

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November 28, 2008 | Comment

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Team Argentina arrives (today) at the soccer pitch in Melbourne, Australia, site of the 2008 Homeless World Cup.

Here are the scheduled activities for Day One in Melbourne: 

Monday, December 1

  *Homeless World Cup Street Parade 12.15—1pm, Starts at the corner of Exhibition and Collins Streets and then turns left down Swanston St, ending at Federation Square. The streets of Melbourne’s centre will be a sea of colour and excitement as 56 teams proudly carry their flags and display their spirit and passion for the tournament that changes lives.
  *Opening Ceremony 1-1.45pm, Federation Square Stadium. The official opening of the Melbourne 2008 Homeless World Cup with speakers the Premier of Victoria, Mr John Brumby, founder and president, Homeless World Cup, Mel Young, and Australian Street Soccer Advisory Group chairman, Terry Campbell. Also featuring live music and dance. As a symbol of peace, 56 trees will be passed out, each representing one of the 56 teams.
  *Opening Match—Team Australia 2.15pm kick off, Federation Square Stadium, Australia v. TBA (to be decided at the match draw) Homeless World Cup matches 2.15-6.15pm. Check daily match schedule for details. Federation Square Stadium, Melbourne and Yarra pitches, Birrarung Marr.

Stay tuned for our exclusive reports from Melbourne!

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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. 

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October 31, 2008 | 1 comment

Interview with Mel Young, Founder and President of Homeless World Cup and Maria E Bobenrieth, Global Direcor Community Investments, Nike Inc. (On Youtube)


Stay tuned right here for updates on the preparations for this year’s Homeless World Cup in Melbourne, Australia this December.

 


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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!


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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)

 

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July 14, 2008 | 1 comment

The Homeless World Cup in Melbourne is in December, but the tryouts, training camps and tournaments preceding the Cup are going on now:

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July 07, 2008 | Comment

These are some of the faces of Team USA, the Homeless World Cup all star team that will represent in Melbourne, Australia:


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And this just in from our friend, Jeremy Goldberg XD of Global Youth Partnership for Africa:

“The Homeless World Cup has confirmed the Global Youth Partnership for Africa’s “Team Gomo Tong” participation in the 2008 Homeless World Cup in Melbourne, Australia. Team Gomo Tong will participate in the first ever: “Female Homeless World Cup.”

Team Gomo Tong will organize a team of seven young women with the objective to both bring the cup to Uganda, but also to develop new relationships and friendships with players from around the world.

The 1st Female Homeless World Cup will feature teams from: Cameroon, Colombia, Kyrgz Republic, Ivory Coast, Philipines, Paraguay and Zambia.

As part of our Girls Kick It! program, GYPA will commence recruitment, education, training and futbol practice by this Summer 2008.”

Having seen some of the women of Team Gomo Tong play - they’ve got a good shot.  If you want to support Team Gomo Tong 2008, go here and do what you can.

 

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