Welcome to Week 2 of our newsletter highlighting stories of people using soccer to bring about positive social change.
- Streetfootballworld’s #football2me campaign
- Kids, New York Cosmos help grant wish
- Video: Football Beyond Borders Uses Soccer to Bring Together Favela Residents and World Cup Fans
- Kickstarter Campaign: Futbolistas 4 Life Film
- Wanted: Web Developer for 4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance
Streetfootballworld’s #football2me campaign
In honor of the 20th anniversary of Andrés Escobar’s death, (on July 2, 1994, Colombian captain Andrés Escobar was murdered after having scored an own goal in the World Cup), streetfootballworld is conducting a social media campaign designed to get people talking about the power of football to change the world for the better. Join them in an international conversation about how football is a force for good.
From June 22 to July 2, post your thoughts, videos, and photos on your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook accounts that show what football means to you, with the hashtags #football2me and #AndresEscobar. Don’t forget to tweet them at @sfw_tweets and share with your friends, family and social networks!
Kids, New York Cosmos help grant wish
Last week, the Cosmos “Kids Helping Kids” clinic, consisting of 86 youth mostly from Rivertowns United FC/AYSO Region 324, raised $11,600 – enough to grant a wish for another local kid, Abigail, currently facing a life-threatening medical condition. She is enjoying a Disney Cruise with her family that was granted thanks to the funds raised by the clinic.
The program was spearheaded by TDP Operations Manager (and Mercy College alumnus) Brian Walsh, who was excited and proud “to use soccer as a vehicle to grant wishes to local children and benefit such a great cause.”
You can read more about this inspiring project here.
Video: Football Beyond Borders Uses Soccer to Bring Together Favela Residents and World Cup Fans
‘Fusion’s Mariana Van Zeller visited the “The Favela World Cup,” a tournament organized by the nonprofit Football Beyond Borders in the host city of Salvador, Bahia, with international fans and residents of nearby favelas. She was there for game day, and heard from two participants who were disappointed with the impact of the FIFA World Cup in their communities, but were excited about the chance to play soccer with people from around the world.
“Right now Brazil didn’t need to host the World Cup, we had other priorities,” said Nelito de Silva, one of the local players.
“I prefer this cup a thousand times more than the FIFA World Cup,” he added.’
Kickstarter Campaign: Futbolistas 4 Life Film
FUTBOLISTAS 4 LIFE is a documentary about a group of teens in Oakland, California, who campaign to transform their “prison playground” into a soccer field. In the last few years, these teens have lost four young people to gun violence in their small public high school. Their soccer club has become a space where they discuss their experiences with violence, poverty and immigration while strategizing ways to support their community. The film shows the passion and resiliency of these teens who create a legacy for future generations.
You can follow the campaign on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/futbolistas4lifefilm
Watch the Kickstarter campaign video below:
Wanted: Web Developer for 4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance
4 Worlds United is seeking a volunteer web developer to manage our website and other misc related tasks. You can take a look at their current website here: www.4worldsunited.org.
4 Worlds United Soccer Alliance is a 100% volunteer non-profit that works with refugee and immigrant youth in the Portland area. They run free soccer camps and provide scholarship and logistical assistance to connect players with local club teams. They use soccer as a bridge to connect isolated 3rd world communities in Portland with 1st world experiences and resources. Some of their first generation of kids who they have aided just graduated HS — a big achievement for kids who lived in Kenyan refugee camps until they were 8 years old.
For a list of requirements and to see the entire posting on Craigslist, visit this link.