Educating 100,000+ on World AIDS Day
November 24, 2014. World AIDS Day is only one week away! What are you going to do to help stop the spread of HIV?
Coaches Across Continents continues our practice of providing a free football resource packet for important global days. In one week, on December 1, 2014, we are helping to educate hundreds of thousands of people through our network of partners and through groups who have reached out to us for assistance. Our five HIV/AIDS games are designed to educate coaches and players on the facts about HIV, as well as dispelling harmful myths about the virus. In addition, we are looking to trigger behavior change in communities regarding sexual education and HIV/AIDS awareness in terms of knowing your status, using protection, and promoting healthy sexual activity.
Our games center on the ideal that we should all be aware of our options when it comes to sex and once we have that knowledge, we can make the right choices for our own bodies, and for our lives. The more good choices we make, the better protected we are from viruses and infections including HIV, as well as unwanted/teenage pregnancy. These messages are crucial for all of us, and at the appropriate age – which varies according to the individual – children have a right to this information. Our games bring these lessons to life with a ball, and more importantly, a coach who creates the safe space for those who want to learn, those who are willing to ask questions, and those who are open to challenging cultural and societal norms surrounding sexual education.
Approximately seven weeks ago we provided a free resource packet for leaders to use in their schools, with their teams, and in their communities. This packet went out to over 500 communities worldwide, which will impact over 100,000 individuals. These games have been played in the build-up to World AIDS Day on December 1st. Many of our implementing partner programs are already familiar with these games as they have been a staple in the CAC curriculum for the past several years to promote positive behavior change in individuals and communities.