• DRC Launch Our Peace Day Football Resource Packet

    July 25, 2014.  On Monday Coaches Across Continents announced the largest-ever sport for social impact partnership and released a free football resource packet in the build up for One Day One Goal on Peace Day, 21 September.  Already over 100 organizations worldwide have requested and received this football resource packet.  Within our first week, one group, the Georges Malaika Foundation in Kalebuka, DRC, have had 65 coaches play the Peace Day games during their training with CAC.

    The Peace Day games are fun. They help us with some skills such as speed, fitness, quick movements and they have a social message. For example teamwork, respect and telling everyone that men and women have the same opportunities. – Elvis Nshimba, Teacher, Georges Malaika Foundation

    By 21 September, Coaches Across Continents and Peace One Day expect these specially-developed games will be played in over 130 countries, by thousands of communities, impacting hundreds of thousands of children and coaches.
    The important Peace Day messages such as violence in the community and understanding stereotypes are clear through the training. Technically, we have learnt passing and control in the games along with the strategy of football. All the coaches had a lot of fun and appreciated the training which has changed their way of thinking about their role in the community.
    – Jerome Ilunga, Sports Manager, Georges Malaika Foundation
    To get involved and receive your free Football Resource Packet for your organization, please email Emily at
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  • The Half Year in Review

    June 11, 2014. The FIFA Men’s World Cup is upon us and Coaches Across Continents has teams of coaches working with local partners in Kenya, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, and starting shortly in four locations in Brazil. Even with all this activity founder Nick Gates also has found time to speak tomorrow morning for 25 minutes on Sirius radio on the Wharton Business network, channel 111 (Thursday, June 12th, 8:00 AM EST).

    With the world focused on the showcase event of the world’s greatest game, it seems like an opportune time to reflect on the real power of sport and how Coaches Across Continents is using football to create self-directed learners all over the world to educate about conflict resolution including social inclusion, female empowerment including gender equity; health & wellness including HIV/AIDS behavioral change, and life skills.

    One of the biggest stories of the year is our partnership with Chevrolet FC and Manchester United and their “What Do You #PlayFor?” campaign. This will be a two-year, ten-program, multi-country initiative that sees revitalized football pitches and sport for social impact education for local organizations all over the world. The first two “What Do You #PlayFor?” programs of the year were fantastic. Videos have been released detailing the work of Rumah Cemara (Indonesia) and their use of soccer to combat stigma against HIV/AIDS. In total these videos have garnered over 7.3 million views! Within the next month another set of videos will be released regarding our latest training in this campaign with fellow former Beyond Sport Winner Beyond the Ball in Little Village, Chicago, USA.

    This year has also seen our coaches on the ground with our Hat Trick Initiative partners in Haiti, Colombia, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Indonesia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Cameroon, Zimbabwe, and the USA. Overall CAC is projecting that we will conclude 2014 having worked on field with our partners in 28 countries with an estimated 75 local organizations using sport for social impact. This will educate over 3,000 local leaders who will further impact 250,000 children. Even when CAC is not on the ground with our partners we are thrilled to see their progress and work with them through on-line resources. Recently our curriculum was adopted in schools in Nepal and Tanzania. On March 8th, our female empowerment games were played by our partner programs for International Women’s Day. CAC has also signed on with Peace One Day for their One Day One Goal initiative when our games will be played by organizations in over 130 countries on Peace Day, September 21st. The final global day that we support with our global network will be World AIDS Day on December 1st.

    Off field in 2014 Coaches Across Continents has spoken at top events including the Next Step Conference in India, the NSCAA Convention in Philadelphia, Reach Out to Asia’s “Empower” Conference in Qatar, and the Hofstra Soccer Conference in New York where our Chief Executive Strategist, Brian Suskiewicz, had the great privilege of speaking with Pelé.

    Furthermore CAC is one of six organizations selected by UNICEF to develop a global child rights policy concerning children in sport. We are proud that in 2014 every participant of our coaching courses has had a practical and locally relevant Child Rights education session. Off field has also seen the launch of a new website, new branding and logos with the phenomenal work of the Taiji Group, and a more focused mission towards creating self-directed learners over the course of our Hat Trick Initiative.

    It is for all these reasons that Coaches Across Continents is the global leader in sport for social impact. Coaches Across Continents will continue to push forward as the global leader in sport for social impact as we continue our mission of enabling communities to create lasting social change through sport. As we move forward, we are working towards our vision of realizing the day when all governments, municipalities, schools and communities have the skills to use sport as a social impact tool and make the choice to do so.

    If you or your organization want to get involved or support Coaches Across Continents, please contact us at or find the information you are looking for on our new-look website, built by the Taiji Group!

     

    Pelé gets a chance to meet Coaches Across Continents Chief Executive Brian Suskiewicz. (photo credit Zack Lane, Hofstra University)

    Pelé gets a chance to meet Coaches Across Continents Chief Executive Brian Suskiewicz. (photo credit Zack Lane, Hofstra University)

    Coaches Across Continents Communications Strategist Nora Dooley makes a friend in Haiti

    Coaches Across Continents Communications Strategist Nora Dooley makes a friend in Haiti

    Ginan (center) is the star of the new Chevrolet FC video highlighting the partnership with Coaches Across Continents

    Ginan (center) is the star of the new Chevrolet FC video highlighting the partnership with Coaches Across Continents

     

  • The last day of CAC Christmas

    December 6th 2013: Today is the final day of the CAC Christmas offers. Today if you donate $500 a full soccer kit  (12 shirts, 12 shorts and 12 socks) will be donated to an under served soccer team in South Africa. For the rest of the offers which gives you the opportunity to donate equipment to under served communities see below or visit the homepage. These offers will be open from now all the way until Christmas. Please note if you choose the offers for which you are sent equipment anything ordered after the 10th of December may not arrive before Christmas.

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    1. Choose the special offer you like the most

    2. Pay the correct amount through the Paypal button below

    3. Wait for your great gift certificate through an email or equipment by post!

    Remember to email if the name you would like on the gift certificate is different from the name of the person paying for the donation.

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    20th November: On the 1st day of Christmas donate $50 and a sports jersey will be donated to an under served community in Colombia! Donate below.

    21st November: On the 2nd day of Christmas donate $75 and you will be sent 2 sports bags to give as great gifts this Christmas! Purchase below. Bags will be sent on December 10th.

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    22nd November: On the 3rd day of Christmas donate $80 and you will be sent 3 sports jackets to give as great gifts this Christmas! Donate below. Jackets will be sent on December 10th.

    25th November: On the 4th day of Christmas donate $100 and 4 sports bags will be donated to an under served community in Kenya! Donate below.

    26th November: On the 5th day of Christmas donate $110 below and we will donate 5 One World Futbol’s to under served communities in Brazil during the World Cup!

    27th November: On the 6th day of Christmas donate $125 and 6 pairs of shorts will be donated to an under served community in Zimbabwe.DSC_0273-1

    29th November: On the 7th day of Christmas donate $150 and 7 sports jackets will be donated to a disadvantaged community in Haiti.

    2nd December: On the 8th day of Christmas donate $175 and 8 One World Futbols will be donated to a disadvantaged community in India.

    3rd December: On the 9th day of Christmas donate $200 and 9 soccer jerseys will be donated to an under served community in Cameroon.

    4th December: On the 10th day of Christmas donate $250 and 10 pairs of sports socks will be donated to a disadvantaged community in Indonesia.

    5th December: On the 11th day of Christmas donate $300 and a full 11 a side team of children in Tanzania will be given soccer shirts.

    6th December: On the 12th day of Christmas donate $500 and a full soccer kit  (12 shirts, 12 shorts and 12 socks) will be donated to an under served soccer team in South Africa.

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