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January 12, 2009 | Comment


For your viewing pleasure…a slideshow of my katalyst@large global
adventures from 2008 + a couple really special pics from 2007
of the Katalyst Kid.


December 29, 2008 | 1 comment

“Right To Play is an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills, and foster peace for children and communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Working in both the humanitarian and development context, Right To Play trains local community leaders as Coaches to deliver our programs in more than 20 countries affected by war, poverty, and disease in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.”

You never know what you’ll find on the Internet.  Here are a couple of pictures I have not seen in ages of me speaking to kids, found on the Right to Play website:





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December 22, 2008 | 2 comments

KC + his Melbourne, OZ friends (Daniel, Justin, + Suze):

Images of Team Uganda+The Melbourne Pitch & Downtown:

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December 15, 2008 | 2 comments

Scenes from the “Turning the Page” Conference, November 10th in Greensboro, NC: 

Photos courtesy of Kathleen Chau

Thanks Kathleen!

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December 01, 2008 | Comment

Team Gomo Tong of Uganda is fielding a women’s team for this year’s first ever “Women’s Homeless World Cup” tournament.  Here are several of the team members in candid shots provided by Ms. Anna Phillips of Girls Kick It! and Global Youth Partnership for Africa.


The games have begun; follow the link above (Women’s HWC) for up to the minute info and stay tuned here for updates on the team’s progress.

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November 24, 2008 | Comment

It was just last February that I made my first venture to Harlem’s House of Hoops, a retail homage to NYC’s tremendous basketball legacy.  Photos of local playground legends and NBA superstars adorn the walls as well as vintage shoes set on elaborate displays, all surrounded by a few real basketball hoops and tons of the latest popular shoes and apparel.

Today’s pics are from my stop at Chicago’s version of House of Hoops...

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Photos by Mr. Raymond Boyd

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November 17, 2008 | Comment

Here’s an excellent video intro to Lawrence Cann, President and founder of Street Soccer USA and his work fighting homelessness through soccer.  Street Soccer USA organized this summer’s Homeless USA Cup, which determined who would represent the US in Melbourne, Australia at the Homeless World Cup in December. 

Stay tuned for much more content in the run up to this year’s Homeless World Cup!


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November 10, 2008 | Comment


The Alchemist, aka Paulo Coehlo and I had a fabulous tete a tete when we met for the first time in Paris, France almost exactly one year ago.  Paulo is one of the featured interview subjects in my latest book,  
To meet Paulo in Paris, a city that is art itself…c’est magnifique!

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

November 03, 2008 | 1 comment


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.”


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.


What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

October 27, 2008 | 1 comment


Over at my website - WYRRB?!  - students of all ages are putting their nose to the grindstone.  Why you ask?  They are inquiring into one of the most important existential questions you can ask: “What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!”   The boxes in these pictures are a part of the process that I engage groups with to deepen their inquiry regarding their red rubber ball?

What is that thing that you have the greatest passion for, that activity that you were born to take part in?  What is your calling?  What discipline seems to fit your talents like a glove?  If we don’t ask these sorts of questions, we may be sentencing ourselves to spirit killing endeavors that we were “convinced” we should strive for - rather than allowing them to spring forth from our own hearts and minds.

I would also like to promote another feature at WYRRB?! which is “Red Rubber Ball Stories.”  Read the stories of authors, adventurers and regular Jane’s who have found that thing.  Be one of those authors who tell us their stories in order to inspire others.  Use RRB Stories to inspire and be inspired!  Join us at WYRRB?!

BIG shout out to Yi Shun Lai for tracking down so many great stories. 

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October 20, 2008 | Comment


Well, we told you in August that we’d give you an update on Yankee great, Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation Kalamazoo clinics.  Finally, an update.

A little excerpt from their website:

“On Aug. 13-16, 2008, the Turn 2 Foundation once again partnered with the City of Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation Department and Scott’s Collectibles to host the Fifth Annual Turn 2 Foundation Kalamazoo Baseball Clinic at Mayor’s Riverfront Park on Homer Stryker Field, home to the Kalamazoo Kings…

On the last day, the clinic hosted a banquet and awards ceremony for the children to reward them for all of their hard work throughout the week. Motivational speaker and author Kevin Carroll was once again asked to act as the guest speaker for the event. As always, his presentation was inspiring and impactful for all attendees. As part of his mission to have a lasting effect on the participants, Kevin presented each child a copy of his most recent book, What’s Your Red Rubber Ball?, a follow-up to his last publication, Rules of the Red Rubber Ball. Afterwards, each participant received a goodie bag with gifts from the Turn 2 Foundation and its supporters as well as an individual recognition for their efforts. The ceremony concluded with an announcement of the “Camper of the Week”, who was rewarded due to the skills improvements, sportsmanship qualities and positive attitude that he showed throughout the entire clinic. The lucky camper was rewarded with the honor of throwing out the first pitch at the Kalamazoo Kings game later that night.”


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October 13, 2008 | 2 comments

These are portraits of my ball collection that were created over the Spring/Summer of this year by Jenny Harmon-Scott. She’s a lovely creative soul that I know from my past Nike days & a wonderfully gifted artist

Photog credit: Jeff Henderson.


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October 06, 2008 | Comment

We recently told you about my assistant, Jessica’s fantastic voyage to the Mighty UG.  While there, she connected with an organization that for some might seem surprising to find in central Africa - the Uganda Skateboard Union.  The power of play (and the skateboard) knows no bounds!

I was not surprised, then, when I received the following email from my friend, Christian Scott with Sole Technology:

Kevin - hope you’re doing well.  We finally got the shoes through
Ugandan customs and the kids got their surprise.  Check out the photos.
I just hooked up with a girl in New York who does a similar program for
kids in Jamaica so it looks like that might be our next target.

Let’s talk soon


Seems that Sole Technology made a rather large donation to guess who?!  The Uganda Skateboard Union!

The world gets smaller day by day.


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September 22, 2008 | Comment

I’ve said for the longest time that “play is serious business.”  I’m not the only one. 

Exhibit A:

“The biennial Art Center Design Conference (May 7th, 8th and 9th, 2008) is a three-day international gathering of entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and innovators from many fields and disciplines.  The 2008 Conference, Serious Play,  explored the essential role of play in business, the arts, science, storytelling, technology, and more.”

Exhibit B:




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September 15, 2008 | Comment

Skateboarding has invaded Uganda, believe it or not?! 


Our own sport for social change agent, Jessica L. (second from left),  made a recent visit to Uganda and discovered that skateboarding is not just an American exercise.


In fact, UG as Uganda is affectionately known, has its own Skate Boarding Union with website.



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September 04, 2008 | Comment

Next week will begin a slight transition here at KCK aka “KevinCarrollKatalyst.Com.”  We are moving to a ‘3-Day’ format.  Monday will continue to be “Monday Montage” but it will also include inspirational stories and

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August 25, 2008 | Comment

The Zeum is “a non-profit multimedia arts and technology museum with a mission to foster creativity and innovation in young people of all backgrounds, communities and learning styles. By providing hands-on experiences in four core creative processes (animation, sound and video production, live performance and visual arts), we encourage youth to share their stories, build their voices, and use multimedia tools for creative self-expression.”

Here are a few outtakes from my visit there in ‘07:

Inside Zeum - A Youth Art Celebration
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One of the exhibits there is by an organization called World Savvy which: “provides educational programs and services with the aim of informing young people about issues such as poverty, conflict and peace building, human rights, and the environment. World Savvy’s goals are to develop students’ skills to prepare them for their future as global citizens, enhance their understanding of world affairs and develop their sense of responsibility and global citizenship.”

If you’re ever in San Francisco hanging out with the kids - or the kid in you - Zeum is a must-see.

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August 11, 2008 | Comment

Dorien de León has been my cello teacher & friend for over seven years. She is an amazing musician, an avid baseball fan (especially for the Houston Astros) and a great encourager for me. My love of classical music has been reawakened as a result of my cello lessons (I do need to practice MORE often) and our friendship!

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July 28, 2008 | Comment


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July 21, 2008 | Comment

Jostens Renaissance event, Phoenix, AZ:

(Photog credit: Ted Roseen—Roseen Cultural Photography)

Founded by educators in 1988, Jostens Renaissance is the first and only national education-focused program created to recognize and reward the academic achievements of students from elementary school through college. Its primary goals are to increase student performance and teacher enthusiasm, and raise the level of community participation in schools.”

If you want a little video cup of Jostens Renaissance, a Monday morning pick me up if you will, follow the link below and watch the teen spirit unleashed.



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