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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.”


What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

October 10, 2008 | 1 comment

Have fun at work - it’s productive

”â?¦Surely, creating a healthy workplace environment devoid of the usual toxic traits and personalities has got to be more complicated than simply carting to work a don’t-worry-be-happy attitude.

Not according to American psychologist Stephen Lundin, author of the perennial best-seller Fish! The 67-year-old who ended a decade on the professional development circuit in Christchurch last week claims workplace morale and corporate success will sink or swim on the attitude of employees.

Sounds simple enough, but Lundin says the scarcity of positive work environments and employees packing a good attitude would suggest we humans are not as smart as we think. “It’s simplicity on the other side of complexity,” says Lundin of his ideas on building a better workplace.â?¦”

Read the entire article here.


The article goes on to discuss the workers at Pike Place (fish) market in Seattle, WA who are known for their non-stop humorous banter with each other and their customers, brightening up what would otherwise be a pretty dreary job.

Attitude can trump aptitude?!  According to psychologist Lundin, its as easy as these four steps: play, making someone’s day, being there, and choosing one’s attitude.

Give it a try!


What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

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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October 03, 2008 | Comment


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!

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?!

August 26, 2008 | Comment support the cause of play!


From one of my play partners, KaBoom!

1. Take a picture
2. Call a friend
3. Bounce a ball
4. Throw a party
5. Pick up a newspaper

We guarantee that you will experience moments of deep emotional connection and joy following the practice of steps one through five.  If you do not experience moments of deep emotional connection and joy, there is one additional step…

Step Six - repeat steps one through five. 

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July 08, 2008 | 1 comment

From the Sports Academic blog:

Sport as Socializing Agent

I would like to begin a conversation on sports acting as socializing activities. Scott and I have talked around this issue some in other posts and comments. The general theory is that sports serve the interests of society by teaching practitioners and spectators behaviors needed or prized in a given time and place. This means that the same sport may socialize practitioners and spectators differently when the historical and social contexts change.

Speaking generally, Victorian era British sports, for example, emphasize social etiquette and restraint. American sports, on the other hand, tend to blatantly defy British decorum and, in the case of baseball, attempt to erase European genealogy. Instead, craftiness (cheating?) and a dogged determination to win are prized. “Stealing,” is even permissible.

I attended a “Philosophy of Sport” conference in England in 2004. Most of the attendees were European and I surprised some when I mentioned that in America, soccer is largely a sport for the upper middle class, played in wealthy suburbs. In Europe, it is a decidedly working class sport, and the matches often attract many disenfranchised, unemployed young men looking to take their anger out on the opposing team or its fans.

I offer these two general examples merely as primers. Over the next few weeks, I invite you to join me in analyzing the socializing effects of a number of sports and games: golf (yes, there is more to be said), tennis, soccer, baseball, fencing, trictrac, football, basketball, and maybe racquetball, rodeo, hockey, and others you might suggest.

What societal values are transmitted through sport/play?  How does that process vary by class, race or gender?  How do sport and play impact the maintenance of, or evolution of societal values?

Observed superficially, sport and play seem trivial, but as the “Sports Academic” demonstrates, sport is a mirror of who we are and studying sport and play can offer unusual insights into our culture and ourselves.  Those careful observations and insights can help lead - if we are motivated and wise - to change.

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