• WIN A Signed 1999 US Women’s World Cup Shirt!

    March 5th 2015. CAC are giving you the chance to WIN a 1999 US Women’s World Cup shirt signed by the entire squad while impacting the lives of women through sport. The team, including Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy and Michelle Akers, won the World Cup in 1999 held in the US and became soccer legends. To be in with a chance of winning this shirt simply go to this page and make a donation of a minimum of $100 to get your name in the draw to be made on July 5th- the 2015 World Cup final. This unique shirt was donated to CAC by 1999 squad member and former CAC volunteer Tracy Noonan and will go towards CAC implementing our new female empowerment curriculum which reaches over 280,000 youth around the world.

    Tracy says ‘I am giving you the opportunity of a lifetime- to win my US women’s World Cup 1999 soccer jersey signed by the whole World cup winning squad. To be in with a chance of winning this authentic jersey go to Firstgiving (US) or Justgiving (UK) and donate a minimum of $100/£66 to get your name in the draw. My two greatest soccer moments have been winning the World Cup in 1999 and being part of two Coaches Across Continents (CAC) programs in Tanzania. Both events impacted the lives of women through sport. I am committed to female empowerment and to help launch the new CAC ASK for Choice curriculum I’m asking you to commit to female empowerment too by donating to get your name in the draw for this incredible competition.’

    Go to this Firstgiving page (US) or this Justgiving page (UK) and make a donation of at least $100/£66 and your name will be entered into the filmed draw to take place on July 5th. In addition to being in with a chance of winning the shirt, every entrant will get a fun gift from CAC!

    For Coaches Across Continents, the involvement of women in our programs and the promotion of gender equality in each community we visit is non-negotiable. It is only 4 months until the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada and this Sunday is International Women’s Day making this the perfect time to support global female empowerment.

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    If you missed it from earlier this week here is a short film from Cambodia focusing on our female empowerment work:

  • Commonwealth Club hosts panel on Empowering Girls Through Sport

    July 19, 2014.  Coaches Across Continents founder Nick Gates spoke Thursday at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.  Previous speakers at the prestigious Commonwealth Club have included Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu, and Christopher Hitchens.  On Thursday night, Nick was part of a five-person panel that discussed stories on Empowering Girls Through Sport: Giving Girls a Voice and a Choice.  Also on the panel was Lorrie Fair (U.S. Women’s 1999 World Cup Champion and current Sports Envoy for the Secretary of State), Lisa Tarver (Co-Founder, One World Futbol), Luis Enrique Bazán (Associate Director of Global Social Justice and Community Action, University of San Francisco), and Ben Gucciardi (Founding Director, Soccer Without Borders).

    The panel, moderated by Scott Golde (founder, Sustainable Sports Travel) discussed how NGOs worldwide are using sports as  vehicle to raise awareness, build confidence, and educate young women and girls about health issues, including HIV/AIDS, unwanted pregnancies, and STDs.  Each panelist shared some of their stories from around the world.  Nick spoke about Coaches Across Continents work and success stories from our partnerships around the world, specifically some of our work in northern Kenya.  Nick told a story of how girls in this community are now in control of their own soccer field where they use sport for social impact.  Just a few years ago these same girls were not allowed to play sports and rocks were thrown at them when they tried to step on the very field they now control.  The panel was extremely successful and informative for the attendees.  The panel is expected to be podcast in the near future.

    Coaches Across Continents founder Nick Gates (center) speaks at the Commonwealth Club

    Coaches Across Continents founder Nick Gates (center) speaks at the Commonwealth Club