• Nike & CAC Expand Partnership

    Congratulations to our partners Nike on being a finalist for the Corporate Community Impact Award at the ESPN Sports Humanitarian Awards. They were a finalist for their Nike Community Ambassador program, which utilizes a CAC-designed curriculum and methodology, to give Nike store employees around the world the opportunity to share their love of sport with the next generation. Last year more than 5,400 store employees in 24 countries served as Nike Community Ambassadors, volunteering as coaches in their local communities to help get kids playing so they can reach their full potential. The Awards took place in conjunction with the 2020 ESPYS on June 21st.

    We are delighted to announce that CAC is now working with Nike to provide urgent relief while creating a long term educational pathway for children to stay safe in these incredibly challenging times. This is the first program which addresses play-based education during COVID-19 in addition to emergency needs.

    Thanks to Nike’s support CAC and our partners working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response in Colombia, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines will be provided funding for the items their communities need including food, soap, face masks, and essential items. Leaders from our partner programs in these countries will be given the resources they need to find creative ways to use play to address the pandemic. In addition, partners in 5 other countries will be given our play-based educational resources to encourage their beneficiaries to stay physically active and mentally well.

    Our COVID-19 response partnership with Nike has provided essential funding to community-based organizations to distribute vital goods to the community while building a long-term educational pathway for youth. For example:

    In Indonesia Uni Papua FC are distributing rice and masks to at-risk families while providing football-based educational sessions about preventing the spread of COVID-19.

    In Philippines FundLife are distributing food and female hygiene packs while designing safe play-based educational sessions which will focus on mental-well being of youth when restrictions allow.

    In Colombia Niñas sin Miedo are distributing hygiene items and antibacterial gel while delivering educational sessions to girls focused on how to support each other during lock down.

    In India Slum Soccer are providing ration and hygiene kit to 40 underserved families in Nagpur while delivering their ‘Be Careful, Not Fearful’ play-based program which teach youth about issues such as social distancing, hand-washing, and fact-based decision-making.

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  • CAC & Football United Going The Extra Mile

    March 20th 2020. Although the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay Sydney has been postponed for 2020 the race runners are still selecting an Extra Mile program to support in 2020. This week they are selecting one of three ’causes’ to support that have a specific focus on public health with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 3 causes are mental health, physical activity and healthy living including hygiene. This program, once selected, will be delivered by CAC partner Football United, supported by CAC. We are disappointed to not be able to be on the ground in Sydney during this fun event but are delighted Bloomberg are still going The Extra Mile with Football United and CAC again in 2020.

    This is our 3rd consecutive year working with Bloomberg as The Extra Mile partner in Sydney. Over the past 12 months the Football United program has effectively delivered school based programs which promote social inclusion and community cohesion, as selected by the 2019 race runners. We have also worked with Bloomberg on this initiative in Tokyo in 2018 and Beijing in 2019.

  • Gender Equality With CONCACAF Women

    CAC is delighted to be working with Concacaf W supporting their Next Play programs across the region. So far CAC has joined Concacaf W in Barbados, Los Angeles, and Dominican Republic addressing UNSDG5: Gender Equality in conjunction with Women’s Soccer events.

    In LA we trained 34 young female coaches and then supported these coaches to deliver an exciting event for over 160 girls ages 6-12 from the Los Angeles area. These coaches came from all over Southern California and for most of them it was their first experience in coaching – especially in coaching Purposeful Play with a focus on social impact. We were also energized by the participation of several former and current professional women’s football players from all over the Concacaf region – including Costa Rica, México, USA and Canada. And it was great to see an old CAC friend and World Cup Champion with US Women’s National Team in Lorrie Fair.

    We are looking forward to using football, CAC Purposeful Play and the Concacaf W Next Play methodology to create more safe, fun spaces for girls in other Concacaf countries in the near future including México. Contact CAC to find out how you can get involved in this exciting inspirational partnership.

  • CAC & Catalyst Foundation

    January 14th 2020. CAC is delighted to announce a new partnership in 2020 with The Catalyst Foundation for Universal Education. With the support of The Catalyst Foundation, CAC will deliver the first-ever Accredited Coach Hub in Palestine to accredit local leaders in the use of Purposeful Play and Education Outside the Classroom to impact UNSDG 4: Quality Education.

    CAC will work with Palestinian leaders year-round, sharing our 28 strategic resources and supporting their work to improve school attendance and retention rates. Over the next two months CAC will be tapping into our networks in Palestine to select the 20 leaders who will participate in this program and become candidates for CAC Coach Accreditation in Purposeful Play. We are excited to launch into the new year with new partners like The Catalyst Foundation and to build on our impact with the incredible people we work and play with in Palestine. For more information please contact charlie@coachesacrosscontinents.org.

  • #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.

  • 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.