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Our Vision, Mission, and Beliefs

Vision

We envision the day when all governments, corporations, foundations, schools, and communities have the skills to use sport as a social impact tool and make the choice to do so.

Mission

We ensure human rights by empowering communities with the knowledge and skills to create their own future.

Beliefs

What inspires us the most:

• The capacity of communities to change
• The need to question harmful traditional, religious, and cultural practices
• The opportunity for women to be treated as equals in sport and society
• The power of sport and education
• The chance for children to laugh
• The ability for individuals, groups, and communities to choose their future


Education Outside the Classroom

Coaches Across Continents works with governments, corporations, foundations, and community-based organizations to implement our Education Outside the Classroom programming and create lasting social change based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Education Outside the Classroom (EOC) addresses the issues highlighted by UN Sustainable Goal #4 for inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for everyone. It supports traditional education by providing safe spaces for children and communities to discuss harmful traditional, religious, and cultural practices. Our intentionally designed EOC methodology and curriculum empower children to learn problem solving leadership skills and communities to design pathways towards social change. It is play-based and designed for an ever-changing world. Education Outside the Classroom empowers young people and communities to analyze their needs and implement strategies to choose their futures.

Coaches Across Continents caught my attention as a Sport for Development organization because it is the only one I’ve seen that has a clearly stated methodology and theory of change.

— Jay Coakley, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Sociology Department, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

The Four Pillars of Education Outside the Classroom

Our Core Values

The basis for all of Coaches Across Continents' work across the globe is based on the value of equal human rights, and that everyone should have the opportunity to learn and choose their future. Our philosophy and methodology is grounded in three key UN documents and allow us to Create Legacies for a better world:

  • UN Declaration of Human Rights
  • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
  • Our Published Self-Directed Learning Methodology

    Self-Directed Learners possess attitudes such as independence of mind, confidence in their own judgment, a sense of self-esteem leading to self-actualization and the ability to cooperate and collaborate with others. They are independent thinkers who can define and solve problems, reason logically, engage in the projection of their own ideas and set goals and strategies to achieve them. They reflect upon experience and learn from it.

    Dr. Judith Gates and Chief Executive Brian Suskiewicz have published an article in Soccer & Society, Soccer Changes Lives: from learned helplessness to self-directed learners.

    CAC's "Chance to Choice" Educational Philosophy

    Dr. Judith Gates first postulated that young people throughout the world go through 7 similar stages of development, from circumstances of birth and the conformity of an unquestioned lifestyle, through deepening insight, to the recognition of potential choices:

  • Chance of birth: the inheritance of country, culture, religion, family, and traditions.
  • Conformity of childhood: unquestioning acceptance, fitting in to inherited culture, unawareness of alternatives, lead to cultural acquiescence.
  • Conflict of adolescence: ritual rebellion, self-assertion, questioning of the taken for granted contribute to the emerging individual.
  • Certainty of post-adolescence: need for peer approval, for similarity, for acceptance, for the avoidance of doubt, leads to culturally created complacency.
  • Contradictions: awareness of ambiguities and complexity, acceptance that no one answer is sufficient, deepening uncertainty supporting rejection of what was previously taken for granted.
  • Challenge: gaining insights, glimpsing alternative ways of thinking, considering options, imagining a different future, open up to possibilities for new ways of living.
  • Choice: growing in confidence, taking personal responsibility, owning your life, creating oneself, choosing a future, empower and liberate from the constraints of the past.
  • Coaches Across Continents' Theory of Change

    The predominant approach to change in developing countries is typically top-down, outside in, and deficit based. This frequently manifests itself in a “west knows best” approach, by which foreign experts identify what they perceive to be local community issues. Externally determined solutions are then presented to local recipients with the expectation that they will be accepted and long term change will result. The change process is thus based on primary ownership by outsiders who analyse the situation based upon their perspectives, issues external directives and seek to change local communities without input from the community itself.

    Conversely the guiding principles of Coaches Across Continents’ Theory of Change. are that it should be bottom up, inside out and based on building community capacity. Change is fostered from within by empowering local partners to question previously taken for granted cultural certainties, challenge damaging local traditions and make responsible choices for their future. The Coaches Across Continents curriculum is structured to create Self-Directed Learners who have the capacity to identify, analyze and address local concerns and to see the world in a fundamentally different way.


    Our Awards

    Global Impact of the Year 2018

    CAC received the Global Impact of the Year 2018 from Beyond Sport.

    NextGen Leader Stephenson

    European Sustainability Strategist Stephenson was named a NextGen Leader 2018 by the Sport Industry Group.

    Global Impact of the Year Award

    CAC was shortlisted for the Global Impact of the Year Award at the Beyond Sport Awards.

    Charity Film Awards

    For our ASK for Choice film CAC's videographer Kevin O'Donovan was shortlisted at the Charity Film Awards.

    Clinton Global Initiative

    CAC was accepted membership into the Clinton Global Initiative for 2015.

    Football For Good Awards 2015

    CAC was shortlisted in the categories of "Champion of the Women's Game" and "International Impact Award."

    Old Millfieldian of the Year 2013

    The Millfield School (UK) recognized CAC founder Nick Gates as their Society Man of the Year .

    Peace and Sport Finalist 2011

    CAC was a finalist for the “"NGO for Peace of The Year" award for our work with Child Soldiers in Uganda.

    Corporate of the Year Winner

    CAC's partnership with Chevrolet was named 'Corporate of the Year' by Beyond Sport.

    Best Sport & Social Impact Org

    CAC was named the Best Sport & Social Impact Organization 2017 by Global Health and Pharma.

    Games 4 Good Foundation 2016

    We were awarded a grant by Games 4 Good Foundation for our partnership with training4changeS in South Africa.

    Beyond Sport Awards

    CAC was shortlisted for the 2015 Beyond Sport Awards in the UNICEF Safeguarding Children in Sport category.

    Kicking + Screening Winner 2012

    Kicking + Screening Film Festivan announced that it had selected CAC as its Social Initiative for 2012.

    Community Sports Facility Award

    Connor Sport Court developed Tanzania’s first all weather, multi-purpose court in Kigoma.

    Global Sports Finalist 2010

    CAC was selected as a finalist at the Global Sports Forum in the Sport and Education category.

    All 4 Africa Finalist 2009

    CAC was a finalist at the SCORE4Africa Awards in London in 2009.

    Best Social Impact Sports Org

    CAC won the LUX Life Magazine Best Global Social Impact Sports Organization 2018.

    Most Impactful Social Innovator

    Brian Suskiewicz was named one of the 50 Most Impactful Social Innovators at the CHRO Asia Awards.

    100 Best Global Coaching Leaders

    Chief Executive Suskiewicz was named one of the 100 Best Global Coaching Leaders at the CHRO Asia Awards.

    Games 4 Good Foundation 2015

    We were awarded a grant by Games 4 Good Foundation for our partnership with Breaking Ground in Cameroon.

    Charity Times Awards

    CAC was shortlisted in the category of "Charity of the Year: with an income of less than £1 million."

    Google Ad Words Award 2014

    CAC won the prestigious Google Ad Grants Award from Sports and Social Change in 2014.

    One World Futbol Winner 2012

    CAC is working with the One World Play Project to get their balls to all our global program sites.

    Beyond Sport Winner 2009

    CAC won the Best New Project award at this global event in 2009.