• Chevrolet’s #PlayItForward Reaches China

    Coaches Across Continents continues our award-winning partnership with Chevrolet FC and their #PlayItForward initiative. 

    December 7th, 2015.  For the past week we have been working in Shuanglang, China, located in the Yunnan province.  Participants for the first week were teachers from seven different regional primary and middle schools, as well as volunteers from Red Chalk, Chevrolet’s charity initiative in China.  The Red Chalk Program has been supporting education in rural areas in China since 2005.

    “If we speak to the children it can be boring, but if we use sport to teach the children, it becomes a fun and effective way to educate and give social messages.” – Patrick; volunteer, Red Chalk Program.

    During the first week of training Coaches Across Continents worked with the aforementioned local teachers and Red Chalk volunteers to impart a sport for social impact curriculum.  The training was specifically designed to benefit the teachers and volunteers who work directly in schools, with CAC games that focused on education, the environment, health and wellness, and other life skills.  A special curriculum was then designed that can be implemented by the participants during the 45 minute physical education periods.  Joining the training on the final day were representatives from the Ministry of Education in Dali.
    “I like the way that CAC taught and focused on the local needs of our community.  It is excellent that you can work with the teachers, and we can spread knowledge and involve all our students to have a big impact.” – Mr Zhou; course organizer from Shuanglang.

    This Friday, Chevrolet FC is unveiling a new soccer field at the Houshan school, located near Shuanglang.  During the week CAC will teach Physical Education classes and will play games from our curriculum directly with the students and selected teachers.  It is anticipated that for many students, this may be their first introduction to football in an organized setting.  The highlight of this week will be the event day on Friday with special festivities planned around the launch of the new field.

    “The best thing was learning new concepts of how to teach outside the classroom and how to put ideas and messages into the sports game was really fun and useful.  I can understand education more deeply than before.” – Mr. Lee; Shuanglang Middle School.

    This week, CAC educated and certified 26 teachers in the Shuanglang region and directly impacted 3,375 students.  This is the seventh community of the partnership, and overall 578 teachers and coaches have been educated and certified with 63,705 children directly impacted.

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