• CAC’s LA Adventure

    January 17th 2017. The CAC world has revolved around Los Angeles, USA over the past 10 days. For 4 days the team discussed CAC strategy at the Hawthorne Police Department who kindly allowed us to use their community room. We also covered new aspects of the CAC curriculum on the Chevrolet FC field which is managed and used by the Hawthorne PD to break down barriers between the police and local youth. It was built last year and opened by Manchester United legend Denis Irwin and Gyasi Zardes of LA Galaxy. Towards the end of the 10 days we branched out and fulfilled other commitments in the LA area:

    1. We ran a session with teachers from 9 different ICEF schools in the LA area (see picture above). This session focused on CAC’s educational Self-Directed Learning methodology. We demonstrated some CAC games to the group of engaged and passionate teachers which led to many fun and interactive discussions.
    2. Three of the CAC team (Nora Dooley, Emily Kruger and Kelly Conheeney) talked to volunteer Carrie Taylor on her radio show called Women Talking Football which airs on KaoticRadio.com. They discussed CAC’s partnership model and our ASK for Choice initiative which influences gender policy globally.
    3. CAC’s Chief Executive Strategist Brian Suskiewicz and ASK for Choice Strategist Nora Dooley presented at the NSCAA Convention at the LA Convention Center (see picture below). They analyzed ‘Global Coaching for Social Impact: What US Soccer Can Learn From Developing Countries’. During the convention CAC was also able to meet with many of our partners, old and new.
    4. Brian was also on a podcast called Youth Soccer Spotlight which is broadcast from Network Studios in LA. They welcomed Brian on to discuss CAC, our work and the work of many of the youth soccer coaches who get involved with CAC. Check out this podcast here.

    While it was a very busy week for the full CAC team things don’t get quieter! Some of the team have already gone to Haiti to start our 2017 partner programs with the Haitian Initiative while others have major external meetings planned this week. More on that soon!

  • Last Chance to Win Prizes

    December 19th 2016. It is your last chance to enter our competition to win signed gear from US Men’s and Women’s soccer players! The deadline is Friday December 23rd at 12PM EST so please donate as soon as possible to have your name added to the draw.

    The money we raise, and the funds you donate, will go towards our programs in Haiti in January, 2017.  After yet another devastating hurricane that killed many people and destroyed many schools, Haitian children are at a significant disadvantage. Can you imagine what it would be like if you lost a family member or your child had was left without an education? Think of how your world would change and how an entire generation’s future would be at risk. Sadly, many families in Haitian community are facing this devastating reality. With the lack of educational structure, there is a glaring need for extra-curricular education such as the kind CAC programs provide.  We are more than ready to step in and use the unifying nature of sport to aid Haiti’s recovery. Our teams will work with 200 coaches and will impact about 5,000 Haitian children.

    By making a donation to Coaches Across Continents through Firstgiving if you are in the USA or Paypal if you prefer between now and December 23rd, you have a special opportunity to contribute to CAC’s mission. Additionally, if you donate $20 or more, you will be entered in to our raffle draw which features our best prizes ever:

    Donations:

    $1 – $19 you will receive an electronic holidays card

    Every $20 you will receive an entry into our raffle draw

    Every $100 you will receive six entries into our raffle draw

    Prizes Still to be Drawn:

    December 23rd Random Drawing

    1) Gyasi Zardes signed LA Galaxy jersey

    2) Alyssa Naeher signed US WNT jersey and gloves

    Donate and enter today- http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/cac12/haiti

    Don’t forget, it is almost the end of the US tax year. As Coaches Across Continents is a registered non-profit organization (EIN:32-0249174), any donation you make is tax-deductible. That means your holiday season donation gift is also tax-deductible in the US. Donate today and we will be in touch very soon about your raffle number.

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  • Spread Holiday Cheer, Win Cool Gear

    November 23rd 2016. It is that time of year again: the holidays are upon us. This year, why not spread the holiday cheer to a community in need and give the gift of real social impact? This year, Coaches Across Continents is excited to launch our holiday fundraising campaign, Spread Holiday Cheer, Win Cool Gear.

    The money we raise, and the funds you donate, will go towards our programs in Haiti in January, 2017.  After yet another devastating hurricane that killed many people and destroyed many schools, Haitian children are at a significant disadvantage. Can you imagine what it would be like if you lost a family member or your child had was left without an education? Think of how your world would change and how an entire generation’s future would be at risk. Sadly, many families in Haitian community are facing this devastating reality. With the lack of educational structure, there is a glaring need for extra-curricular education such as the kind CAC programs provide.  We are more than ready to step in and use the unifying nature of sport to aid Haiti’s recovery. Our teams will work with 200 coaches and will impact about 5,000 Haitian children.

    By making a donation to Coaches Across Continents through Firstgiving if you are in the USA or Paypal if you prefer between now and December 23rd, you have a special opportunity to contribute to CAC’s mission. Additionally, if you donate $20 or more, you will be entered in to our raffle draw which features our best prizes ever:

    Donations:

    $1 – $19 you will receive an electronic holidays card

    Every $20 you will receive an entry into our raffle draw

    Every $100 you will receive six entries into our raffle draw

     

    Confirmed Prizes:

    December 14th Washington DC Bar Night (these can only be won by people in DC, Maryland and Virginia area)

    1)   4 Lower Bowl Tickets to the Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls on Jan 10th.

    2)   4 Georgetown Men’s Basketball Tickets to the game of your choice (subject to availability)

    December 16th Random Drawing

    3) Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit and USWNT) signed jersey

    4)   Walker Zimmerman signed FC Dallas jersey

    5)   Ryan Kerrigan (Washington Redskins) Signed Football

    December 23rd Random Drawing

    6) Gyasi Zardes signed LA Galaxy jersey

    More great prizes will be added!

    Donate and enter today- http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/cac12/haiti

    If you are in the area come to our bar night at Vinoteca (1940 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001) on December 14th for happy hour! If you donate at Vinoteca you will receive an extra two hours of happy hour prices. We will also be drawing multiple prizes during the happy hour.

    In 2016, CAC programs have already positively impacted over 1,200,000 children in 25 different countries. Your donation will enable us to impact even more underserved communities. With your help, Haitian children will get the education they so very much deserve to foster their development and create sustainable futures. Please partner with us by making a donation and join CAC in giving back this holiday season.

    Don’t forget, it is almost the end of the US tax year. As Coaches Across Continents is a registered non-profit organization (EIN:32-0249174), any donation you make is tax-deductible. That means your holiday season donation gift is also tax-deductible in the US. Donate today and we will be in touch very soon about your raffle number.

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  • Star Power in Hawthorne

    February 8th, 2016. The stars came out in force for the launching of the Chevrolet FC pitch in Hawthorne, Los Angeles. The eighth project in our award-winning partnership with Chevrolet brought out Manchester United legend Dennis Irwin, LA Galaxy/USMNT and Hawthorne native Gyasi Zardes, LA Galaxy player and former England international Steven Gerard, LA Galaxy players A.J. DeLaGarza and Baggio Husidic, and team president and former USMNT player Chris Klein.

    This impressive group of individuals were there to witness the power of play and see the beautiful possibilities that Chevrolet FC creates. Hawthorne, California was where Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) grew up.  As a child, Zardes was forbidden from playing in the park where they new pitches were created as they instituted a “no soccer” policy on park grounds.  However together with the Hawthorne Police Department and the Parks and Recreation Department, Chevrolet FC has helped to change attitudes as they built three new futsal pitches in place of some unused and derelict tennis courts. These futsal courts are now the focal point of the community.

    Coaches Across Continents has been working throughout the project with the LA Galaxy Foundation and the Hawthorne Police department to ensure that this safe space can be used for social impact, and that the local coaches, police officers, and community leaders have the skills to do so.  In future, Hawthorne may see more great players emerge from their community, and tens of thousands of children will be able to enjoy the facility and learn from the sport in their new space.

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    Putting the final touches on a mural of LA Galaxy player and Hawthorne hero Gyasi Zardes

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    Manchester United legend Dennis Irwin shows some boys and girls a few new skills