• All-Star team impacts Bangladeshi and Rohingya

    This past month CAC headlined phase two of our Bangladesh initiative as the Official Social Responsibility Partner of the Asian Football Confederation.  Along with professional coaches from the English FA, Chief Executive Brian Suskiewicz delivered coaching education and Football Fun Festivals in three locations in Bangladesh, including the Kutapalong Rohingya Refugee camp, home to nearly 1,000,000 individuals including 500,000 children.

    “We are using football to ensure and protect the rights of some of the most vulnerable individuals, children in refugee camps and underserved Bangladeshi children throughout the country.” – Brian Suskiewicz, CAC CEO

    This initiative provides grassroots coaching expertise to both Bangladeshi and Rohingya coaches, aligning with CAC’s new Community Empowerment to Ensure Human Rights Guiding Principles, which were released on World Refugee Day.  In addition to the aforementioned refugee camp, training sites included the town of Cox’s Bazar and the Bangladesh Football Federation House in the capital, Dhaka.

    Along with Alena Moulton, Kevin Coleman, Taff Rahman, and Anwar Uddin, the CAC/English FA team educated 174 coaches who will impact 21,390 children, while also hosting three Football Fun Festivals around the country.  This is the second phase, concluding the first year of the initiative. Further plans will continue the partnership well into 2020.  Other partners include the Jaago Foundation and the UNHCR in Bangladesh.  Of special note, the Jaago Foundation had 50+% female participation during this initiative, which was the first time over 90% of them had played football!

    For further information, please read the project overview from December, 2018 or contact CAC at .

  • CAC Publishes “Community Empowerment to Ensure Human Rights Guiding Principles”

    June 20, 2019.  On World Refugee Day, Coaches Across Continents is releasing our Community Empowerment to  Ensure Human Rights Guiding Principles.  CAC’s decade of experience in using Purposeful Play to empower communities to recognize, protect, and ensure all human rights is now bolstered by these guiding principles which will help our partnerships in more than 60 countries.

    CAC Community Empowerment to Ensure Human Rights- Guiding Principles

    “Community Empowerment is the idea that a community best understands the individuals within that community, and that the best people to take care of one another are each other.” – Chief Executive Brian Suskiewicz

    CAC uses Purposeful Play and Education Outside the Classroom in 60+ countries to Empower Communities to Recognize and Ensure Human Rights.

    Developed from our decade of experience in communities around the world, as well as strategic partnerships with the UNHCR and UNICEF, these Guiding Principles for Community Empowerment to Ensure Human Rights provide the opportunity for all organizations to learn best practices in both emergency and non-emergency situations.

    To help explain the importance of these guidelines, Chief Executive Brian Suskiewicz presented on our Virtual Learning podcast this month.  Click here to listen.

     

    For more information on these guidelines, please contact us at

    World Refugee Day is June 20th.  A special thanks to these CAC partners who work with refugees and internally displaced persons every day:

    • Asian Football Confederation / BFF / UNHCR benefitting Rohingya Refugees, Bangladesh
    • ANERA, Lebanon
    • Fútbol Más, France
    • Fútbol Más, México
    • Girl Determined, Myanmar
    • Kabubu, France
    • Kicken Ohne Grenzen, Austria
    • Palestine Sports for Life, Palestine
    • Reclaim Childhood, Jordan
    • Soccer Without Borders, Uganda and United States
  • 1st Purposeful Play Accredited Organizations

    CONGRATULATIONS!

    GOALS Armenia   –   ACER Brasil   –   training4changeS

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    Purposeful Play: Creating Education Outside the Classroom

    Coaches Across Continents is proud to recognize the first-ever recipients of our global Organizational Accreditation Program in Purposeful Play and Education Outside the Classroom.  GOALS Armenia, ACER Brasil, and training4changeS (South Africa) have demonstrated organizational growth and capacity-building through partnership with CAC to create legacies of social change based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through Purposeful Play.  They are being recognized as model organizations within CAC’s global partnership network; a network that covers 60 countries, impacting over 16 million children.

    In January, 2019 Coaches Across Continents launched the world’s first-ever Organizational Accreditation Program in Purposeful Play and Education Outside the Classroom. For accreditation, these groups engaged with their CAC Process Consultants to develop their organizations through our 28 Strategic Resources that include: Creating a Theory of Change Model, Designing a Women’s Rights Policy, Monitoring & Evaluation Process Consultancy, Child and Community-Based Protection Training, and more.

    GOALS Armenia, ACER Brasil, and training4changeS are CAC partners that have their staff and On-Field educators certified in CAC’s Self-Directed Learning Methodology and Purposeful Play: Creating Education Outside the Classroom.

    With the help of Corporate Partnerships and Foundations such as Games 4 Good, Michael Johnson Young Leaders, Soccer Sisters, and Beyond Sport these three remarkable organizations were able to make history as the world’s first ever accredited organizations in Purposeful Play and Education Outside the Classroom.

    GOALS Armenia, ACER Brasil, and Training4changeS are truly making the world a better place through Purposeful Play.  It is CAC’s honor to recognize them with this accreditation.  We look forward to other organizations with CAC’s global network joining this elite trio by engaging in CAC’s year-round strategic resources and delivering Purposeful Play in their communities.

    Congratulations!

    To learn more about Coaches Across Continents Accreditation Program:   Click Here 

    To partner with Coaches Across Continents or support an organizations’ accreditation,

    contact:

    GOALS Armenia

    training4changeS (South Africa)

    ACER Brasil

  • Campana Sonora

    April 11th, 2019. Community Impact Coach, Jesus Valenzuela writes about his experience in Mexico, working with SEC in Sonora.

    Sonora, estado de México con mucha historia y con personas grandiosas que hacen de sus ciudades que la energía siempre este a tope. Hermosillo, San Luis Río Colorado y Navojoa, el calor en estas tres ciudades es bastante fuerte como lo son los maestros de Educación Física que sin duda mostraron el gran compromiso que tienen en conjunto con FESAC y la Secretaria de Educación y Cultura para tener mejor calidad de vida por medio del juego y deporte.

    Durante la semana en cada una de las ciudades, los maestros mostraron una energía excepcional lo cual dice mucho del impacto que tienen sus clases en las escuelas y sobre todo el impacto que dejan en cada uno de los niños y niñas a los que imparten la clase de Educación Física. Los problemas más comunes son; embarazos a temprana edad, obesidad, bullying y el tema del muro e inmigrantes fue un tema que los maestros comentaron. Estoy seguro de que estos son problemas que se estan viviendo en muchas partes del mundo y que sin duda alguna el deporte siempre será la herramienta universal para tratar de contrarrestar estos y más problemas, estoy seguro de que los maestros son agentes de cambio que hacen y seguirán trabajando para el impacto social.

    Cada maestro que conocimos durante las semanas ha dejado una huella en nosotros y estamos seguros de que son los agentes de cambio ideales para que los niños, niñas y jóvenes sean cada día mejores, resuelvan sus problemas de la mejor manera para tener mejores comunidades y así enfrentar los nuevos retos que se presentan en la sociedad.

    Sin duda, Sonora ha sido una muy grata experiencia, nos han recibido con los brazos abiertos y siempre con una sonrisa. En cada una de las semanas nos hicieron sentir como en casa con sus aportaciones, sus comidas, sobre todo su carne asada, tacos y las famosas coyotas como postre en cada comida.  El cerro de la campana en Hermosillo nos demostró de lo que la naturaleza es capaz de lograr, rocas gigantes que con una piedra pequeña puede hacer el sonido de una campana y por último no puedo dejar pasar el Beisbol, principal deporte de Sonora. Estamos muy contentos de ser parte de Sonora por estas semanas y dejar una semilla a través del juego y deporte para que la hagan germinar con sus conocimientos, habilidades y aprendizajes a lo largo de la semana y que florezcan los resultados para tener mejores comunidades, mejores líderes, un mejor México, un mejor mundo.

  • Saeta’s Haitian Legacy

    April 1st 2019. Coaches Across Continents is delighted to announce a new Corporate Legacy partnership with Colombian company Saeta Internacional Sports Wear SAS who manufacture and distribute the Haiti national football team jersey. Starting April 1st 2019 Saeta will contribute a portion of every Haiti official football team jersey sold to CAC’s Education Outside the Classroom work in Haiti. In 6 years we have educated 875 Haitian coaches helping them provide Purposeful Play to over 35,000 at-risk youth across the country.
     

    Now when you purchase a premium Haiti official team shirt you will also know you are improving the lives of children in the country. To buy your shirt today go to this link- https://saetasport.com/tienda/fanshop/haiti. Coming soon to Amazon!

    Coaches Across Continents se complace en anunciar una nueva asociación con la compañía colombiana Saeta Internacional Sport Wear SAS, que fabrica y distribuye la camiseta del equipo nacional de fútbol de Haití. A partir del 1 de abril de 2019, Saeta aportará una parte de cada venta de la camiseta oficial del equipo de fútbol de Haití al trabajo comunitario de CAC en Haití. En 6 años, CAC ha educado a 875 entrenadores haitianos, apoyándoles a generar espacios del ‘Juego con Propósito’ y ‘Educación Fuera del Aula’ a más de 35,000 jóvenes alrededor del país.

    Ahora, cuando compre una camiseta oficial del equipo de Haití, también sabrá que está mejorando la vida de las niñas y los niños en el país. Para comprar su camiseta hoy, vaya a este enlace: https://saetasport.com/tienda/fanshop/haiti. ¡Próximamente en Amazon!

    About Saeta Internacional Sport Wear SAS

    Saeta Internacional Sport Wear is a Colombian company that operates its business in the textile sector, in the manufacture, import and export of sportswear and accessories. Since 1982 they have manufactured and partnered with professional clubs across Colombia including Santa Fe, Cucuta Deportivo, Valledupar, and Choco Unido C.F. They have manufactured the Haitian national team jersey since 2013 and recently signed a new 4 year contract with the association.

    About Coaches Across Continents (CAC)

    CAC Design, Develop, and Implement Cause Marketing & CSR initiatives that provide corporations and foundations with sustainable social development programs. We engage employees, enhance global brand reputation, and create return on investment. We have delivered initiatives addressing the UN SDG’s in 23 countries with: Chevrolet, Nike, Standard Chartered Bank, AFC, MJYL, ESPN, Bloomberg, & more.
  • Empowering Leaders Globally

    March 22, 2019.  CAC has helped to develop and empower 22,000+ community leaders over the past decade.  Our investment in creating leaders goes far beyond our On-Field Purposeful Play: Creating Education Outside the Classroom trainings.   Professional Development is a key component of our strategy, which is best highlighted through three of our year-round strategic resources: Global Networking, Community Impact Coach Initiative, and Global Leadership Courses.  Engaging in our year-round strategic resources is necessary for to be accredited by CAC in Purposeful Play.

    Global Networking: Recently we invited five local leaders from CAC’s network from Jordan, Lebanon, and India to join Chief Executive Brian Suskiewicz at the EMPOWER Conference in Doha, Qatar.  They assisted in delivering two workshops and one On-Field coaching education in Purposeful Play to some of the 650 participants attending the conference from 50 countries.  The focus of the conference was the role of youth as agents and catalysts for peace and dialogue for sustainable development.  The full CAC team was Chief Exec Brian and SDL Educator Jamie Tomkinson, along with Benny Marcus (Parikrma Foundation, India), Tejas Ramakrishna (Sparky Football, India), Jaspreet Kaur (YFC Rurka Kalan, India), Rose Abou Elias (Arcenciel, Lebanon), and Wala’a Abu Shihab (Reclaim Childhood, Jordan). The team was recognized for their efforts on stage by the EMPOWER Conference at the conclusion of the event.  CAC continues to look for professional development opportunities, like this conference, to benefit the most promising leaders in our network.

    Global Leadership Courses: CAC currently is an implementing partner with the MJYL Program that just accepted it’s fourth class of leaders.  CAC is instrumental in assisting Michael Johnson in selecting promising young leaders from around the world and developing them over the course of the year both at Michael’s high performance training center in Dallas as well as throughout the year through CAC’s 28 year-round strategic resources as they implement their own legacy projects to impact their communities.  In fact, one former MJYL, Jamie Tomkinson, recently joined the CAC senior staff full-time based on his growth and development over the past several years.  CAC is exploring being able to provide other similar initiatives to give even more opportunities like this one to promising leaders on a continental and global scale.

    Community Impact Coach Initiative: Our CIC Initiative is the most widely known strategic resource that CAC offers to promising leaders each year.  We provide opportunities for coaches in 25+ countries to join and travel with the CAC staff each year as we deliver Purposeful Play On-Field Education in other communities.  This provides for intense professional development and learning, cultural exchange between individuals and communities, and giving our host communities multiple voices and perspectives to implementing Purposeful Play.  For many CICs, this is the first time they have flown on an airplane, traveled internationally, or even seen parts of their own countries.

    Investment: CAC already invests a great deal in leaders to implement Purposeful Play and impact communities and countries around the world.  With a strong corporate or foundation partner – our efforts could be magnified immensely.  And for just a small individual donation, you can empower a young leader globally which will benefit the hundreds and thousands of children they work with directly and through their community organization. #WhatsYourLegacy?