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April 17, 2009 | 1 comment

Well said…well shared!

KC Note: I want all who are part of “the world is flat” generation (aka 21st century youth, tweens + 20-somethings) to know that I’m one of your ENCOURAGERS and there are many of us out there who believe that you WILL change the world!

Keep chasin’...

March 20, 2009 | Comment
                                Marian Wright Edelman + Dr. Gary W. Harper + Trudee Abel-Peterson + Ernie Allen + Larry Wooldridge + Passion + Action = National Safe Place Community Catalysts and HEROES for Youth! Read more about these Heroes/Sheroes of NSP.
March 17, 2009 | 1 comment

Photog: Jesse Jordan/ Artist: Caitlin Beidler

National Safe Place/NSP is truly a catalyst in the movement to better the lives of young people in difficult situations. I had the opportunity to speak at the 2008 NSP Conference that coincided with the 25th anniversary -
the NSP team and leadership truly inspired me!

Check out more pics of the NSP Community Catalysts: NSP 2008 Conference

March 15, 2009 | 4 comments


Oh, a storm is threatning
My very life today
If I dont get some shelter
Oh yeah, Im gonna fade away

- excerpted from The Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter

This week is National Safe Place Week: March 16th, 2009 - March 22nd, 2009

The 2008 Senate Announcement…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 14, 2008
Senate Unanimously Approves Feinstein-Martinez Resolution to
Designate the Week of March 16 - 22 as “National Safe Place Week”

Washington, DC—The Senate has unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by
U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) that designates the week of March 16-22, 2008 as “National Safe Place Week.”

Safe Place is a nationally acclaimed program committed to protecting America’s youth for the past 25 years by making help readily accessible to those who might be abused, neglected, threatened or in immediate danger. More than 200,000 youth have received help at nearly 16,000 Safe Place sites or as a result of counseling by phone following Safe Place school education. This program is currently operated by 143 agencies serving 900 communities in 41 states, including in California.

“Today’s youth face growing pressures in their daily lives at school, at home, and in the community. That is why it is so important that the National Safe Place program provides thousands of young people with access to counselors, legal services, and emergency shelters—keeping them out of trouble and off of dangerous streets,”

Click HERE to read the entire press release

This week’s KCK blogposts will feature the work and success of National Safe Place. With pics from the 2008 NSP conference, video of the heroic efforts of NSP community leaders, and some of my personal reflections/thoughts about the necessity of a safe place for a young dreamer, I hope to raise your awareness of NSP’s work and role as a catalyst in the lives of young people.

National Safe Place truly does the “lonely work” (sometimes unglamorous but very necessary) needed to assist in safeguarding and protecting the welfare and dreams of our next generation of leaders. When young lives are thrust into difficult and unsafe situations, National Safe Place and their community partners give much needed shelter, guidance, and support.

I personally know how important a safe place can be for a child and the positive impact that place can have on a future - 711 Haverford Road, the Lane’s house, Preston Playground, school(s), and the public library were those places for me. So, it’s with great admiration and pride that I celebrate the work of National Safe Place this week!

Keep chasin’ and turnin’ dreams into a realityâ?¦

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.

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

November 07, 2008 | 1 comment


Our colleague from Global Youth Partnership for Africa and Girls Kick It! fame, Anna Phillips, was recently interviewed by the folks over at Youth Noise.  Check out this excerpt: 

Youth Noise

Interview With Anna Phillips, Founder of Girls Kick It!

A few days ago, I had the chance to talk to Anna Phillips, the incredible 22-year-old founder of Girls Kick It!—a comprehensive sports program for young women in northern Uganda. Anna created Girls Kick It! with the help of Global Youth Partnership for Africa (GYPA) to empower and educate women, many of whom have been affected by war and poverty, through sportsâ?¦

“Me: How did Girls Kick It! get started?

Anna: It got started because I grew up playing sports in middle school and high school. I wrestled and played rugby. I decided to major in human rights at George Washington University after traveling to Africa the summer before I started school. It was a self-designed major that allowed me a lot of flexibility in the classes I was able to take. 

Then in January 2006, I got a chance to combine my passion for sports and human rights. I went to the Global Youth Partnership for Africa’s youth summit in Uganda. GYPA brought together American and Ugandan youth leaders who were interested and passionate about HIV/AIDS, women’s issues and reconciliation. After the summit, I worked with GYPA to create a sports programs specifically for women. There were programs where women are involved, but nothing specifically for them. With the help and support of GYPA I was able to find amazing mentors and resources to create Girls Kick It! In particular, the advice of Awista Ayub, a phenomenal woman who created a girls soccer program in Afghanistan, helped me in the early planning stages. The sports for social change movement is relatively small, and everyone was willing to help and meet with meâ?¦”

The sports for social change movement may be small compared to other initiatives that seek to foment change in people’s lives.  But the use of sport as a social change agent is happening on just about every continent.  I am confident that more young people like Anna will continue to make the connection between their individual, athletic/creative talents and using those gifts in non-traditional ways that benefit other people. 


What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

August 18, 2008 | 1 comment


NY Yankee All-Star shortstop Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Baseball Camp ‘08 was held this weekend in Kalamazoo, MI.  Perusing the web, I noticed that the ‘07 event received some blog luv (including pics) from Kalamazoo City Commissioner Sean McCann:

Today I was privileged to be a guest at the commencement picnic of Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation Baseball Camp, which ran for the past four days at Mayor’s Riverfront Park and operated in partnership with the City of Kalamazoo’s Parks and Recreation Department. Photos are (1) under the tent with all the baseball campers and their parents, and, (2) the motivational speaker, Kevin Carroll, author of the book “Rules of the Red Rubber Ball” - he gave an excellent talk with a great message for the many youth present.


Look for the ‘08 Turn 2 report coming very soon!

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!

August 08, 2008 | Comment

It is truly a big world and the problems in it often require that those with more give to those with not quite as much.  Sport that creates or helps facilitate social change often requires travel - because the children of most struggling nations bear the brunt of poverty, disease and war.  Here is another story of people seeing a need - far away from home - and using the time and talent that they possess to help kids in need…

From Seacoast Online:

Soccer goal: Seacoast United’s goodwill trip to Kenya’s ‘win-win’
A girl’s homemade soccer ball puts life in perspective

By Mike Sullivan
August 03, 2008 6:00 AM

Life is all about perspective. Our perceptions of what is good, bad, beautiful, ugly or anything in between depend on the individual and what his or her collective experiences have been. Paul Willis and Matt Glode, the executive director and director of youth programs for Seacoast United Soccer Club in Hampton, recently got a crash course in perspective.

The pair embarked on a goodwill trip to Kenya, spending three days conducting a workshop for Kenyan leaders of youth sports organizations, and then spent four days assisting with a four-day clinic for as many as 60 girls a day…


Eve, 16, is the mother of a 1-year-old child, which is commonplace in Kenya. Eve loves soccer so much she actually plays it, which isn’t commonplace in Kenya. Girls playing sports is, by and large, frowned upon. And that’s putting it mildly.

Eve would sneak away from her home to locations where her parents couldn’t find her so she could play. If her father found out, he would beat her. The beatings didn’t stop her, though.

One day, her father was walking home from work and he heard a bunch of boys in a field calling Eve’s name. He stopped to find out what was going on and couldn’t believe his eyes. The boys were calling to her because they wanted the ball—she was the best player on the field.

From then on, the beatings stopped. The father understood. He realized this was good for his daughter and that soccer could, just maybe, help her find a better life…

Follow the link below to read the whole story…

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!


August 01, 2008 | Comment

This urgent appeal from A. J. Thomson from my hometown news source is a must read.  Future generations of youth are depending on us to act quickly and decisively…

From Philly.Com:


Mon, Jul. 28, 2008

‘PRACTICE! Practice! Not a game, practice!”

Six years later, Allen Iverson’s career-defining quote still pops up on Sportscenter or in daily cultural references.

And, like AI, yes, I’m talking about practice, but not as an evil to be avoided, but as an opportunity. I’m talking about practice because, for thousands of kids, the word has little significance.

Though they see sports on TV, listen to music on the radio or play games at home, they have no chance to practice with their peers. To them, practice is something suburban moms on a television show take their kids to via minivan. To them, practice is something Brian Westbrook sits out so he can be ready to dominate on Sundays.

Practice. It’s time to talk about practice and where it went.

Philadelphia once had a thriving youth-sports and cultural-organization network. Those of us who preceded the present practice-less generation remember games played at our local rec centers with hopes of taking on teams from Feltonville or West Philly. We remember practice and the time spent with our friends and teammates under the direction of volunteer coaches, usually a few our parents.

Thankfully, some parts of the city still have good organizations. We are lucky in my community of Fishtown to be one of them. Across the city, thousands of kids are currently involved in sports, arts and drama and other community-based cultural organizations thanks to the dedicated volunteers who help bring them this opportunity.

Unfortunately, a disproportionately larger number of kids don’t have the chance to participate. For them, practice is limited to rumor and a dream that one day they too can experience the thrill of being part of a team or performing in a play.

Follow the link below to read the rest of this important article…

What’s your Red Rubber Ball?!