Perhaps more than any other sport, soccer/football is being used as a catalyst for positive change all over the world. On this blog, I’ll be sharing with you projects using soccer to change the world. I hope you find them as inspiring as I do.
I didn’t grow up with a passion for soccer. I never saw a soccer game on television until the 1994 World Cup when I was 22 years old. I was hooked after that, but I never really saw what I would call ‘the power of the beautiful game’ until I visited Uganda in 2009. I was working for a non-profit as their communications and website coordinator and was visiting our site, a school in the very southwestern part of the country. There I saw how just wearing a soccer kit or carrying around a ball could help you connect with people you might otherwise have nothing in common with. It is a wonderful testament to the global appeal of a game which can so easily connect people of different nationalities, ethnicities and backgrounds.
Around that time I also began learning about organizations like Grassroot Soccer and the Homeless World Cup, which were working to eradicate social problems such as HIV/AIDS and homelessness. When I watched the documentary Pelada, the idea for this project really began to take shape.
I’m hoping to post as many profiles of organizations as possible. If you know of, work for or have been involved as a participant in an organization using soccer for positive change, I’d love to hear from you. You can contact me here.