• #BuiltToPlay With ESPN in Puerto Rico

    CAC is delighted to be partnering with ESPN, Disney, think Beyond, and love.futbol on the #BuiltToPlay initiative in Puerto Rico in 2020. Working with local organizations in San Juan; the YMCA and the US Tennis Association; we will be designing Purposeful Play curriculum, training local coaches and supporting local programming for the space throughout the next 12 months. The ribbon-cutting event opening the new multi-sports spaces will be in early 2020. We will be in attendance as we build the capacity of local leadership to address selected UN Sustainable Development Goals through sport.

    The ESPN/Disney #BuiltToPlay initiative builds safe spaces to play sports in underserved communities all over the world and then supports local organizations to maintain and deliver educational programming on the space. Among the many locations which have benefited from this initiative are Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Mumbai. This year we have been working on this initiative with the PCYC Mount Druitt in Sydney, Australia. We are excited about the potential for the work in Puerto Rico.

  • World AIDS Day 2019

    2019 marks the 11th year that Coaches Across Continents has worked towards honoring World AIDS Day. On December 1st, CAC partners around the globe made use of our unique AIDS Awareness Day curriculum packet to share knowledge and dive into some of the overwhelming nuance associated with this disease.

    HIV remains one of the world’s most serious public health problems with ~38 million people currently infected. Despite dramatic steps forward with prevention and treatment technologies, a disproportionate number of people and communities in low and middle income countries continue to struggle with this disease and its ramifications.

    More than 5,700 individuals and organizations in 114 countries were provided our World AIDS Day resource packet. With this packet, communities are encouraged to question the various stigmas, myths, facts and research behind the latest in HIV awareness.

  • A Haven of Hope

    CAC India Team Leader Jamie and Community Impact Coach Benny have been working in rural communities near the city of Pune this week, with Maher – an NGO that provides shelter to underserved women, children and men across the Indian state of Maharashtra. 

    Maher means ‘Mothers Home’ in Marathi; a place of belonging, understanding and acceptance. For over 20 years, Maher has opened their doors and provided shelter for many of those in need – providing a place to sleep, eat and live while also sending them to school. Currently, they provide a place to call home for 960 children, 170 women and 60 older men. They heard about CAC through our Accredited partner Slum Soccer and wanted to learn about #PurposefulPlay and how it could benefit their children. To tie in with Maher’s core values of acceptance and education, we delivered a programme focused on UNSDGs: 4 (Quality Education), 5 (Gender Equality) and 10 (Reduced Inequalities).

    Our programme was split into two parts – in the mornings we would travel to one of Maher’s other homes in very rural areas, and deliver some fun #EducationOutsideTheClassroom sessions to children and women who had never experienced #PurposefulPlay before. These were introductory sessions that we had a lot of fun with – this new style of learning was greatly enjoyed and each time we left they would ask when they could play more games! At CAC, Sustainability is at the core of everything we do – so to ensure long term impact we always work with the teachers, coaches and in this case social workers to provide them the skills so that these kids can continue learning and having fun, even after we’ve left.

    This is where our evening sessions come into the picture, where we worked with around 30 social workers on topics that they felt were most relevant to them. Gender Equality (#UNSDG5) and Reduced Inequalities (#UNSDG10) came up often, so we played many games from our #ASKforChoice curriculum. These social workers had also discussed these topics with the children, but had never considered that using sport was possible and the best way to engage them in difficult conversations.

    It was a very successful programme with Maher, now enthused about #EducationOutsideTheClassroom and already inviting us back! My personal highlight is that we managed to involve some of the older orphaned children in the programme, one young man at the end said ‘everyone has always told me I can’t do stuff, but CAC told me I can and encouraged me’. Sustainability has many forms, and supporting someone to find some self-belief so that they can continue believing in their self, is sustainability that matters.

  • Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights in Tanzania

    In January 2019 CAC and Pathfinder International launched a partnership. The partnership aimed to deliver a pilot program in Tanzania to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights using CAC’s global expertise in play-based education and Pathfinder‘s global family planning expertise, as well as both organizations’ strong existing networks across the country. With Pathfinder support CAC designed curriculum around four locally-relevant modules: Knowledge of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Healthy Household Environment, Community Responsibility and Environmental Conservation.

    In June 2019 22 leaders from 10 communities across Tanzania learned CAC’s Purposeful Play Methodology and Curriculum to achieve key global and local impacts identified by CAC and Pathfinder. Representing 31 different schools, organizations, and local initiatives, these leaders impact upwards of 85,000 young people throughout Tanzania. After the training in Zanzibar there was an 82% increase in knowledge about sexual health topics such as sexually transmitted infections; a 1.68 average increase in confidence rating in using sport/play to advance women’s rights and gender equality; and a 1.32 average increase in confidence to facilitate dialogue around key sexual health issues.

    After 6 months of implementation CAC leaders and CAC/Pathfinder project staff, Nicholaus Achimpota and Fatma Said Ahmed, traveled across Tanzania during October and November, 2019 to visit, support and evaluate all active project leaders. They found that:

    • Across Tanzania this project is directly impacting more than 5,000 adolescent girls, more than 3,000 boys, and more than 1,500 adults. These 1,500 adults have a further impact of nearly 85,000 people.
    • After 6 months of implementation: 92% (compared to 27% at project start) of participating adolescents are confident that they could get their partner(s) to use contraceptives if they desired.
    • And 97% (compared to 17% at project start) of participating adolescents believe they can seek sexual and reproductive health information and services if they needed them.

    CAC has recruited an incredible team to return to Zanzibar in early December 2019 to record the impact of this project through the camera lens. As part of our film team we have professional women’s football players, key leaders from Pathfinder International, published authors, the founder of CAC and of course the amazing Tanzanian leaders using this curriculum every day in their communities.

  • CAC & AxisStars

    Coaches Across Continents have partnered with Louis Saha and Kate Hamer’s AxisStars after meeting at the Soccerex Europe 2019 event. The AxisStars app facilitates authentic, win-win connections between Stars, their peers and trusted business partners, empowering all parties to manage and sustain their careers and brands in the most relevant way. Coaches Across Continents (CAC) is a global collaboration of communities, corporations, and foundations on 6 continents that use their unique Purposeful Play and Education Outside the Classroom programs to impact the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    With shared values in creating safe spaces and lasting social impact for individuals and communities we are excited to announce this partnership between AxisStars and Coaches Across Continents. CAC will offer Stars the guidance and opportunities to volunteer as an ‘On-Field Coach’ delivering Education Outside the Classroom in any of the 6 continents and 60 countries we currently run programs. CAC will work to place Stars in programs based on social topics they feel passionately about, time commitments and preferred locations. CAC plans to increase opportunities for AxisStars users to include: ambassador roles which can enhance brand reputation and long term partnerships with our CAC legacy team.

  • Child Safeguarding Campaign for Universal Children’s Day

    November 20, 2019. CAC is proud to announce on Universal Children’s Day that 34 organizations on 5 continents have completed our 3-month Child Safeguarding Education campaign.  Other organizations from our partnership network in 60+ countries are expected to complete this program shortly.  CAC’s Child Safeguarding Education Program is the only one that recognizes organizations that reach CAC’s international standards for Child Safeguarding as one of our 28 year-round strategic resources needed for organizational accreditation.

    “CAC is educating organizations and creating communities that have a comprehensive safeguarding culture and child-centric practices that engages all stakeholders as part of CAC’s Community Empowerment to Ensure All Human Rights.

    – Brian Suskiewicz, Chief Executive Strategist

    Each organization goes through a thorough CAC-guided educational process to ensure that their child safeguarding is:

    • Child Safe:  Having children understand their rights as defined by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child by playing CAC Purposeful Play games, understanding who they can talk to, and providing services for the child should any breach of their rights occur
    • Coach Safe: Training practitioners on best practices for safe coaching and their role as a link between the children and the organization
    • Organization Safe:  Developing procedures and policies that guide the entire organization, from preventative measures to protect children to reporting procedures if violations occur
    • Community Safe:  Engaging key stakeholders such as families, social services, and the police on Child Safety and Protection measures and bringing CAC’s Theory of Change and the communities’ new and improved Child Safeguarding to life

    CAC’s expertise in Child Safeguarding comes from decades of work in the field on best international practices that allow for local contextualization.  Our partnerships with other leaders in the field include:

    For more information or to have your organization engage CAC through our Child Safeguarding Education Program, please contact: