• DREAMS In Nairobi

    August 5th 2020. This last week CAC has been back On-fFeld, as we look to resume our programming after COVID-19 brought a halt to our Instruct schedule. Community Impact Coach David Mulo of Green-Kenya led the delivery, working in partnership with Beyond Hoops Africa and DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, AIDS-free, Mentored and SAFE).

    Over the last several months, CAC has been in discussions with key partners and communities around the world, planning and waiting patiently to resume Education Outside the Classroom. One of those partners is Beyond Hoops Africa, a Nairobi based charity who use basketball to change peoples lives in and around the slums. Through these conversations we were introduced to DREAMS, and we learnt about 30 young mothers who have aspirations of being entrepreneurs. Thus, we created a programme that included COVID-19 education but also one with a large focus on financial literacy.

    Through play, all 30 of the participants said they now felt more comfortable with the varying aspects of financial literacy and they now better understand COVID-19 and how to better protect themselves and others.

  • Nike & CAC Expand Partnership

    Congratulations to our partners Nike on being a finalist for the Corporate Community Impact Award at the ESPN Sports Humanitarian Awards. They were a finalist for their Nike Community Ambassador program, which utilizes a CAC-designed curriculum and methodology, to give Nike store employees around the world the opportunity to share their love of sport with the next generation. Last year more than 5,400 store employees in 24 countries served as Nike Community Ambassadors, volunteering as coaches in their local communities to help get kids playing so they can reach their full potential. The Awards took place in conjunction with the 2020 ESPYS on June 21st.

    We are delighted to announce that CAC is now working with Nike to provide urgent relief while creating a long term educational pathway for children to stay safe in these incredibly challenging times. This is the first program which addresses play-based education during COVID-19 in addition to emergency needs.

    Thanks to Nike’s support CAC and our partners working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response in Colombia, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines will be provided funding for the items their communities need including food, soap, face masks, and essential items. Leaders from our partner programs in these countries will be given the resources they need to find creative ways to use play to address the pandemic. In addition, partners in 5 other countries will be given our play-based educational resources to encourage their beneficiaries to stay physically active and mentally well.

    Our COVID-19 response partnership with Nike has provided essential funding to community-based organizations to distribute vital goods to the community while building a long-term educational pathway for youth. For example:

    In Indonesia Uni Papua FC are distributing rice and masks to at-risk families while providing football-based educational sessions about preventing the spread of COVID-19.

    In Philippines FundLife are distributing food and female hygiene packs while designing safe play-based educational sessions which will focus on mental-well being of youth when restrictions allow.

    In Colombia Niñas sin Miedo are distributing hygiene items and antibacterial gel while delivering educational sessions to girls focused on how to support each other during lock down.

    In India Slum Soccer are providing ration and hygiene kit to 40 underserved families in Nagpur while delivering their ‘Be Careful, Not Fearful’ play-based program which teach youth about issues such as social distancing, hand-washing, and fact-based decision-making.

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  • CAC’s COVID-19 Resource

    July 30th Update. 96% of Coaches Across Continents (CAC) partners reported the mental well-being of youth they impact has been moderately or severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. CAC has adapted a specialized play-based educational resource from our existing Purposeful Play curriculum library which addresses issues such as anxiety, self-esteem, balancing emotions, stress, and loneliness.
    The games are adaptable to varying numbers of participants and national restrictions (distancing, hygiene, one-person activity). As a result it can be used in contexts where isolation, social distancing and public hygiene measures are necessary. This resource is coming soon!

    CAC is going to be #PartOfTheSolution as we fight this global COVID-19 pandemic. Education on COVID-19 is urgently needed by children globally. Many of the communities in which we work do not have access to running water and live in heavily congested communities making social distancing far more challenging.  Donate to CAC’s work to support our play-based response to this crisis.

    As the global leader in Purposeful Play, CAC have released a new Purposeful Play curriculum packet to educate communities, coaches, and children on best practices associated with the coronavirus and other communicable diseases. The COVID-19 resource has been distributed to all of our 75 impact partners in 45 countries addressing UNSDG3: Good Health and Well-being and UNSDG4: Quality Education.

    The packet is divided into 2 general sections:

    1. Resources that include

    • Talking with Youth about Scary Diseases
    • Myths & Facts
    • Coaching Guidelines
    • Research & Science Facts

    2. Activities specially designed to focus on

    • Best practices to avoid contracting the virus (hand washing, social distancing, and more)
    • Best practices to avoid spreading the virus if you become infected (testing, isolation)

    Unlike most CAC Purposeful Play curriculum all activities in this packet are designed to be played with as little physical contact as possible. For more information about our COVID-19 Curriculum contact us at

    More on CAC’s COVID-19 Response

    • CAC Founder Nick Gates presented our COVID-19 curriculum on Beyond Sport’s inaugural community chat on April 9th. Here is a link to the full recording of that chat.
    • We are pleased to be a supporting signatory on Soccer Without Borders and America SCORES’ call to address youth isolation during the COVID-19 crisis.
    • We are a supporter of the European Football for Development Network’s #SupporterofEachOther initiative.