Play can change children’s lives. It can be used to develop a child’s sense of well-being. It can be used to educate and empower children. It can be used to create an environment where teamwork and cooperation become part of a school’s morale fabric. USACF has worked hard to increase sports programs in all three of its partner countries. The results have been remarkable.
- Super Soccer Stars has donated thousands of their soccer T-shirts to USACF has well as soccer balls, soccer goals, and jackets. There were many children in our schools who did not play sports because they did not own any clothing other than their school uniform. They would not play sports in fear of damaging their uniform. Super Soccer Stars helped change all that.
- Since 2011, Super Soccer Stars has been sending soccer coaches to rural Zimbabwe every June to run soccer clinics for teachers and students. This June, they will be sending four coaches to run a 5-day clinic. 60 areas teachers will attend the clinics. 24,000 children will receive the benefit of their instruction.
- The One World Play Project in partnership with USACF, shipped three 40-foot containers to Zimbabwe full of soccer balls. This amounted to more than 16,000 soccer balls. More than 500 rural schools received 20 balls each so they could run soccer instructional programs. The One World Play project also shipped palettes of soccer balls to USACF’s containers in Brooklyn. These balls were shipped to Ghana and South Africa. OWPP is unwritten by Chevrolet.
- Every July and August, Zimbabwe and South Africa run regional soccer tournament for secondary school children. The tournaments are enormously successful and are covered by local media. For the children competing in the tournament, it is a very special time in their lives.
- Right to Play uses the power of play to educate children. Right to Play is one of USACF’s strongest partners operating in Ghana. Their Reflect-Connect-Apply approach encourages students to examine their experiences, relate those experiences to what they already know and apply that learning to their daily lives. This strategy helps children adopt and maintain lifelong healthy behaviors and attitudes.
- Every October the Downtown Soccer League in conjunction with 6 elementary schools in lower Manhattan run a soccer uniform drive. This year’s drive resulted in 700 soccer uniforms, 200 pairs of sneakers and bags of soccer balls.