All posts tagged Power Of Sport:

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?!

May 07, 2012 | Comment

Got Art of Sport + Play?!

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?!

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!

August 01, 2010 | Comment

Meet three social innovation organizations that are part of the ever-evolving sport for social change movement - Right To Play, The Homeless World Cup & Beyond Sport. All three are making BIG, positive differences in communities around the world -
a BALL can change the world!

July 28, 2010 | Comment

The Changing Lives Through Football competition is open to all types of individuals and organizations (charitable organizations, private companies, or public entities) from all countries.
The winners of this Changemakers Collaborative Competition will be those entries that best meet the following criteria:
Innovation: The innovation should be a unique model of change demonstrating a substantial difference from other initiatives in the field with the possibility for large-scale expansion.
Social Impact: It is important that the innovative idea provides a system-changing solution for the field it addresses. This will be judged by considering the scale strategy, ability to be replicated, clear how-tos, and the entrant’s ability to formulate a clear “road map” to reaching larger goals.
Sustainability: For an innovation to be truly effective it must have a plan for how it will acquire financial and other bases of support for the long-term. They should also demonstrate that they have strong partnerships and support networks to address an ongoing need, and to aid in scalability and the maintenance of a clear financial strategy.

Love.Futbol got my vote!


May 27, 2010 | Comment

Anything is Possible from The Canary Collective on Vimeo.

In the summer of 2008, 30 students emerged from seven classroom trailers and courageously took to the field as a football team. Their field? An abandoned lot in the shadow of their hurricane-devastated high school. These students have inspired a group of young, ambitious individuals to resurrect a community and change the outcome of a forgotten neighborhood. Together we can prove that against formidable odds, a few people crazy enough to believe in their own power to create change can overcome a seemingly impossible challenge.

Learn More

Got Hope?!

January 31, 2010 | Comment

A Play It Forward* tale from one of the many global human catalysts making a positive impact on the lives of others with a ball - thanks, Beth McGill! Her story is another wonderful demonstration of the transformational power of sport & how a “ball can change the world!”
*A special thanks & shoutout to: Joanne, Paul, Brian & Julie for your contributions to this Play It Forward moment!

Hello Kevin,

The balls were an absolute hit and the little ones started digging into the balls instantly.  Fifteen of the balls are being used for the HIV education program, 4 are being used for the local street leagues and soccer tournaments held on the weekend and the final ball I personally delivered to a very small squatter community.  The children were trying to play soccer with a flat rugby ball so I found a mother that I designated as the ball care taker and she is currently letting the kids play all day and bringing the ball in at night.  Such a great gift and I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity to bring them over to South Africa.

September brought only smiles in the smallest of ways to a rural community in South Africa. Thanks to Molten USA and Kevin Carroll, 20 soccer balls were delivered to Richmond, South Africa through the Hope In Richmond (HIR) organization to continue the youth HIV and sports education programs.  The soccer balls are being used at the community center for after school sports programs, used in HIV education activities, and also were given out to smaller areas for the kids to participate in friendly sport.

  Richmond, South Africa is home to 9,000 South Africans with unemployment exceeding 70% and HIV/AIDS infection rates estimated at 35% .  HIR adopted the small community in 2005 and, to date, has renovated the soccer facilities creating a community center with a soup kitchen, indoor and outdoor recreational areas, meeting spaces, a youth library, improved sanitation for the community, and provided medical supplies and equipment for the local hospital.  On the last HIR trip to Richmond, I was privileged to deliver 20 new Molten soccer balls to support our local Grassroot Soccer HIV program which teaches the youth HIV/AIDS education through interactive activities often involving soccer balls.  The Grassroot Soccer Skillz curriculum also provides youth with the knowledge, life skills and support to live healthier lives, HIV Free.

HIR staff and children attending the community center were ecstatic to see the brand new beautiful balls to replace their popped soccer balls which did not survive the desert terrain. September_SA_2009_1_.JPG Even with all the despair and hardship that surrounds the African people, they still find time to laugh, play, and sing. Sometimes something as small and as simple as a soccer ball can bring smiles and laughter to a community in need.

On behalf of the community of Richmond and HIR, special thanks to Kevin Carroll and to Molten for donating soccer balls to a community and education program dedicated to enriching the lives of the people of Richmond, South Africa.



Got Play?!

January 19, 2010 | Comment

There are 12 categories for the Beyond Sport Awards 2010 covering the entire sporting spectrum of
health, social inclusion, corporate and social responsibility, and philanthropy.

These categories are split into three clear sections
Beyond Sport Community Awards; Corporation and Federation Awards; and the Judges’ Awards.

The Shortlisted entries from each category will receive:
A free invitation to the Beyond Sport Summit on September 27-30 in Chicago

Flights to and accommodation during the Summit

Access to Beyond Sport’s global network of international sports organisations, company leaders, and influential political figures

Opportunities for business mentoring and to become members of the most influential group of social entrepreneurs ever assembled around sport

The winners of the six Beyond Sport Community Awards will receive a minimum of £10,000 funding each
and a package of substantial business support to enable them to move forward and become fully sustainable in the future.

Learn more - Beyond Sport Awards 2010


January 16, 2010 | Comment

On January, 18, 2010, people of all ages and backgrounds will come together to improve lives, bridge social barriers, and move our nation closer to the “Beloved Community” that Dr. King envisioned. Dr. Martin Luther King devoted his life’s work to causes of equality and social justice. He taught that through nonviolence and service to one another, problems such as hunger and homelessness, prejudice and discrimination can be overcome. Dr. King’s teachings can continue to guide us in addressing our nation’s most pressing needs—-poverty, economic insecurity, job loss and education. Volunteer with Americans across the nation on the 2010 King Day of Service and make a real difference in your community.

Learn More…

Play It Forward BONUS: if your MLK day of service effort involves play or sport in your community, share your story on my site & earn the chance to receive a custom KC playground ball , soccer ball or basketball!!


December 18, 2009 | Comment

Girls Kick It!
Photog:Fran Meckler

A Ball Can change The World! features inspiring images captured by Fran Meckler* from three events/projects that are part of the global sport for social change movement. Featured in Fran’s images are:
Girls Kick It! - Namuwongo, Uganda; The 2009 USA Cup - Washington, DC; The 2009 Homeless World Cup - Milan, Italy.

*Fran & I were connected via my freind & fellow social-do-gooder Jeremy Goldberg, Founder of Global Youth Partnership for Africa this year - thanks, JMG!

Got Hope?!

December 01, 2009 | Comment

On Monday, November 30th at Niketown London, NIKE, Bono and Didier Drogba, arguably the world’s best striker, came together to launch a partnership between Nike and (RED)?. NIKE and (RED) together will leverage the power of sport to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.

The idea is simple: Educate + Medicate

How it works

  1. You purchase (NIKE)RED laces.
  2. Nike contribute 100% of the profits from the sale to the Global Fund and to football-based programs that help fight AIDS in Africa.
  3. Funds are received by programs like Grassroots Soccer, which uses football as a framework to teach youths how to avoid contracting HIV/AIDS.
  4. Funds are also contributed to The Global Fund to fund HIV/AIDS programs that support the purchase of lifesaving Antiretroviral (ARV) medication, training of medical staff, HIV testing and treatment to help prevent the transmission of the virus from pregnant mothers to their babies.
  5. Life-saving knowledge is received by the next generation in Africa.

Since its inception, (RED)? partners and events have generated over £80 million to the Global Fund and the number keeps growing.

Lace Up/Educate…


November 24, 2009 | Comment

A Ball Can & Will Change the World!

See how: Beyond Sport World

Got PLAY?!

November 13, 2009 | Comment

48 Nations, 500 players & One Ball…A Ball Can Change the World!

Milano Homeless World Cup 2009 - Bravo!

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