• Back On-Field With Green Kenya

    Our longtime partners Green Kenya have been back on field impacting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) using CAC’s Purposeful Play! Check out the blog below written by David Mulo, Founder of Green Kenya, and part of the CAC Instruct team! 

    60 hours, this is the amount of time we have spent on field running Kenya programs. We have played at least 21 games with Green-Kenya, Far East Basketball and Futaball Mas addressing 7 different UNSDGs, that is, SDG 3 Good Health and Well-Being SDG 4 Quality Education, SDG  5 Gender Equality, SDG  8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG  10 Reduced Inequalities, and SDG 13 Climate Action. The programs took place in some of the most challenging environments, like Kibare, which is one of the largest Slums in Africa and Mathare where majority of residents live below 2 dollars a day.

    The on field training took 3 days per organization unlike previously where we conducted training for 5 days, this was due to strict Covid-19 protocols. We facilitated education around the UNSDGs on-field by engaging coaches through discussions and having vital conversation through different games.

    During the 3 programs, we had a huge number of youth leaders attending the program, out of 128 coaches who attended that training, 90 of them were youth leaders, the high number of Youth leaders was steady in all the programs.

    We also had an emerging Community Impact coach during the on-field training by the name Titus Musyoka, who is a community Coach at Green-Kenya, Titus has been committed to impacting many Children in Mukuru Slums since 2019 and he has been part of CAC training in Kenya since then. The emerging young leader was part of the implementing team in Nairobi and we believe he learned new skills that he will use to impact many young people not only in Nairobi but in different parts of the world.  

    We believe that our partners, through the youth leaders, learned that they would have to apply what they learned during the training because they hold the key to the future of teaching through play in there communities, they would have to stand in the gap to be counted as change agents through the power of play.

     The on-field in Kenya impacted 4512 Children directly, out of these 2915 were boys and 1597 were girls 128 Community Coaches, that involved Physical education teachers.

  • 2021 Global Day of Play

    Coaches Across Continents launched the first annual Global Day of Play on August 27th, 2021. CAC’s Global Day of Play was the first international day dedicated to the positive impacts of play. With nearly 1.5 million people in over 40 countries participating, each of our partners highlighted the importance of play and celebrated the day in their own way. 

    We saw the playing of sports such as football, table tennis, badminton, handball, and netball. We also witnessed the joy of dancing, singing, chanting, and jump roping. The power of play was felt across age groups. While most of the organizations served the youth, adults and senior citizens got involved with Global Day of Play as well!

     Slum Soccer, our partner in India celebrated Global Day of Play by inviting children and their parents to play activities together. Parents discussed the importance of play, took the #PledgeToPlayEveryday, and then played football alongside their children.

    Our Ugandan partner, the Mbarara Sports Academy, not only participated on August 27th, but in the build up to Global Day of Play impacted their community by donating blood to a local blood bank. They shared, “play for us means giving and saving lives.” Mbarara Sports Academy also provided space for the playing of football, card games, and cycling. The boys created signs showcasing their #PledgeToPlayEveryday. 

    #PledgeToPlayEveryday reverberated across social media, reaching hundreds of thousands of accounts and garnering support from every corner of the world. We thank every individual who committed to #PledgeToPlayEveryday and each of our partners for making the first Global Day of Play an astounding success! 

     

    Written by Mariah Lee

  • Corporate Social Purpose With Soccerex

    We are thrilled to announce that, in partnership with Soccerex, Coaches Across Continents and our Creating Legacies 17 division will be supporting Foot & Boot in Delhi, India. Through support from Soccerex, Coaches Across Continents delivery team will provide year round consultancy and resources to Foot & Boot impacting UN Sustainable Development Goal (UNSDG) 4 Quality Education which was chosen by Soccerex Connected 100 Attendees.

    We are delighted to have been the Official Corporate Social Purpose partner of Soccerex for the past 4 years. Soccerex trailblaze the football world in innovation so we are happy to support them in leading the football industry to develop their social voice.

    Through this partnership Coaches Across Continents will support Foot & Boot who extensively impact at-risk children left on the streets in Delhi. CAC will work with local Foot & Boot leaders to address the Global Goals and specifically UN SDG 4 Quality Education and UN SDG 3 Good Health and Wellbeing through the next 12 months.

    Thank you to Soccerex, and Soccerex Connected 100 attendees for choosing to support Coaches Across Continents and Foot & Boot, enabling us to impact thousands of children through the power of soccer and play!

    About Soccerex

    Soccerex has been bringing together the global football industry to network in a unique commercial environment for over 25 years. From hosting industry leading networking events across the globe to our market insight campaigns, we provide a platform to connect your business with the game’s key stakeholders. We are committed to growing the beautiful game around the world and our love of football is truly at the heart of everything we do. We are Football, Connected.

  • New CL17 Website

    We are delighted to present our new Creating Legacies 17 website. Creating Legacies 17 (CL17) is the consultancy brand of Coaches Across Continents. CL17 is the only business consultancy brand committed to addressing the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals through strategic partnerships. Specifically, we work with:

    • Corporations to build your sustainable Social Purpose and Cause Marketing strategies.
    • Foundations to connect you with locally owned programs globally.
    • Governments to design and implement your educational policies addressing the SDGs.
    • Confederations to deliver your social impact strategies using Purposeful Play.
    • Philanthropists and Private Donors (including professional athletes) to develop your social legacies.

    If you work for, or own, a brand interested in having a Social Purpose please contact Creating Legacies 17 at .

  • ESPN & Local Organizations Build and Open Multifunctional Sports Space in San Juan, Puerto Rico

    • YMCA of San Juan celebrates the opening of courts that will be home to sustainable programs
      teaching young people life-skills through sports
    • Puerto Rican Olympic Gold Medalist Monica Puig helps opens the space during special event.

    San Juan, Puerto Rico: At a special virtual event on Tuesday, August 17, ESPN and partners officially opened a newly transformed multifunctional sports space dedicated to the local community and its residents The site is the tenth in the global Built to Play project series, led by ESPN. Partners on the project include the local community, award-winning sport for development organizations love.fútbol and Coaches Across Continents, the YMCA of San Juan, the Puerto Rico Tennis Association (PRTA) and United States Tennis Association (USTA).

    Encompassing a revitalization and beautification of courts located at the YMCA San Juan, the space is
    designed to provide a safe place to play for the surrounding community and to offer ongoing programming using the power of sports to educate young people on key local and personal development issues.

    Hosted by Marly Rivera, ESPN’s Major League Baseball National Reporter, the virtual media event and ribbon-cutting was attended by special guest speaker, professional tennis player and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, Monica Puig; Freddy Rolón, Vice President, ESPN Programming and Acquisitions; Rosa María Martínez, Executive Director, USTA Caribbean and PRTA; Mabel Román Padró, Executive Director, YMCA of San Juan; and, Mano Silva, Chief Operating Officer, love.fútbol.

    “I have always believed that we do our best work when we can use the power of the ESPN brand to serve as an agent of change and bring positive impact to communities,” said Freddy Rolón. “We were pleased to bring ESPN Built to Play to the YMCA of San Juan and to collaborate with love.fútbol, Coaches Across Continents, the local community, the YMCA and the PRTA to provide a space in a community where there is a need and where it can truly make a difference. I know that it will continue to be a focal point for this community for many years to come; a place where kids can play sports, have fun, learn, and thrive.

    The virtual event celebrated the site and featured remarks from the project partners on its social impact on the G8 community. It also included a special Q&A between Olympic champion Monica Puig and two children from the USTA Foundation’s local National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapter

    Monica Puig said, “It is an honor to be part of this great initiative. I want to thank ESPN Built to Play, the YMCA of San Juan, the PRTA, and everyone involved for making a difference not only through the sport of tennis but through sports overall to help improve the health and wellness of our youth. It’s been very special for me to see the growth of interest in tennis in Puerto Rico ever since I won the gold medal, especially among kids. Sports, in general, are a great resource for kids to learn life skills, stay active and also deal with mental health issues, which are especially timely with the pandemic. Thanks to this project, the kids in the community will have this as a safe haven to go outside, stay active, explore their passions and talents, and simply be kids.”

    By fostering a more inclusive community and ensuring quality programming, this space will serve as a hub for local youth to play, participate in skills-development programs, and grow. The project engages the G8 community and YMCA members through a variety of sports – including new opportunities to play and learn through tennis and football – and activities for different ages, but mainly targeting boys and girls aged 6 to 15-years-old. Parents will also be part of the process. Project manager love.fútbol led the transformation of the space and programming partner Coaches Across Continents virtually trained local expert coaches – including Fundación Golitos, which runs adapted sports program for children with disabilities – on its customized Purposeful Play curriculum. The programming will be used to facilitate powerful discussions with youth around leadership, mental well-being, healthy living, and social inclusion. From August 2021– August 2022, the coaches will deliver weekly sessions reaching at least 600 young people monthly in full compliance with COVID-19 restrictions.

    Read the full press release here.

  • Coaches Across Continents Launches Global Day of Play

    Coaches Across Continents is excited to launch the first-ever Global Day of Play on the 27th of August 2021 – an annual celebration on the positive impact of play.

    This year we want individuals, organisations and communities who believe in the importance of play to take the #PledgeToPlayEveryday HERE!

    On the 27th of August we are asking communities and organisations to join us by holding an hour of safe, fun and inclusive play with people in your community. Please tag us @coachesacross on social media with the hashtag #PledgeToPlayEveryday.

    Research has shown that young people are playing less and one of the main barriers to children and young people participating in play is a lack of time. Play is often seen as ‘silly’ and ‘non-educational’ but as Albert Einstein once said “Play is the highest form of research” and is vital in cognitive, emotional and physical development.

    Organisations all over the world have already signed up and are excited to celebrate on the day. Organisations from 29 countries, out of CAC’s global network spanning 132 countries, have already taken the pledge. Groups participating range from an Australian Rules football team in Edinburgh, UK to Kusewara (which means PLAY in the Chichewa language) in Malawi.

    One example is training4changeS in Stellenbosch, South Africa. International Director Daniel Thomae said “we believe Purposeful Play helps children grow as self-directed learners. For the upcoming Global Day of Play on 27th of August our futsal academy players will design and lead play sessions with their peers. We’re excited to see what these young leaders come up with.”

    Jaspreet Kaur from YFC Rurka Kalan in Punjab, India tells us that “at YFC Rurka Kalan, we believe young people are the backbone of society and providing play based activities is crucial to their health and well-being. We are thrilled to be a part of the first Global Day of Play on August 27th and are celebrating with our whole community, including the schools, with lots of different activities and dancing!”

    We are also delighted to have generous support from leaders in the sport for social change sector including the Aspen Institute, Beyond Sport, Laureus Sport for Good, Michael Johnson Young Leaders, REMS Brazil, Sportanddev, and streetfootballworld who will all be engaging their global networks.

    Together we can work together to raise awareness of the importance of play and #PledgeToPlayEveryday

    To get involved please contact [email protected]coachesacrosscontinents.org. Thank you for promoting play!