• Stories

    August 10th 2016: Volunteer Lea Hinnen shares an emotional story from her time On-Field with CAC ASK for Choice partner training4changeS based in Stellenbosch, South Africa. This program was supported by the Games 4 Good Foundation. Names have been changed to protect the identity of the individuals involved.

    In my last six weeks of volunteering with Coaches Across Continents I have heard so many stories. Crazy stories, sad stories, amazing stories and sometimes even funny stories. I’ve heard stories from participants and children stories of gangsters and gangs, orphans, discrimination and the lives in poverty. But no stories would get to me like the stories of rape.

    In our second week with training4changeS we were located in the Football for Hope Center in Khayelitsha. We ran an ASK for Choice program with the male t4c staff and women from t4c partner organizations. It was a smaller group than planned, which ended up being the best thing that could have happened – and that proved on the very last day.

    The participants prepared discussions they find important to address within their communities. One of them ended up being the issue of rape within the townships and all over South Africa. And that’s where the stories began…One of our female participants, let’s call her Nare, shares the story of when she was about 12 years old. She grew up in Khayelitsha and had a best friend, let’s call her Sara. Sara and Nare were like sisters. One day, however, Sara suddenly put her hand under her friend’s skirt… Nare was confused, didn’t quite know what was going on and asked Sara what she was doing. Sara said it was ‘normal’, her stepfather would do things like that to her all the time, he would even sleep with her. ‘That’s rape, Sara! He cannot and should not do that to you!’, protests Nare.

    She tells her mother, who called social workers and Sara’s family. The stepfather denied he ever touched Sara, told everyone they were just two little girls making up stupid stories. Nothing happens and the abuse and rape goes on. Until one day Nare goes over to Sara’s place where no one answers the door. Nare hears Sara whimper and decides to burst into the house: She finds the stepfather on top of her best friend, in the middle of raping her. She cries, tries to get him off her, but he just threatens her in response: ‘When I’m done with her, you will be next!’ – that’s when Nare takes the knife and stabs him, grabs Sara by the hand and they run off.

    Fast-forward a couple of months: Sara’s stepfather survived and ended up in jail for some time. When he gets released, he goes back to the house, rapes Sara and kills her. End of story.

    Everyone is quiet. Nare is not the only one around the table struggling to hold back the tears – me and some other participants are right there with her. No one knows what to say. Everyone knows that there are too many stories like hers out there. Then Keke, a male t4c coach takes parole: ‘We as coaches can make a difference here. We have the responsibility to address that with our young, male players. We have to try to change this ‘boy-talk-culture’: A guy has two or more girls at the same time: everyone applauds. A guy says he didn’t use a condom: everyone applauds. A guy rapes a girl: everyone applauds. We, as coaches, as leaders, we can stop this. We can show them that these things are nothing to applaud for. Nothing any decent man should be proud of. We can make a difference here, and we have to.”

    So I want to thank you, Keke, for turning the moment of a terribly sad story into a new, amazing story. And thank you for creating the chance to improve the stories of so many people we encounter everyday.

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  • March Madness is Over … Now Predict the 2014 World Cup

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    April 14th 2014: The 2014 World Cup is only 60 days away. Join the CAC World Cup prediction bracket and show CAC that you are a soccer knowledge machine by going toe to toe with our soccer obsessed staff and ex World Cup winners!

    Not only do you get to compete for the title but you will also know while you watch the games, that you have supported a positive legacy for Brazil during the World Cup.

    To join the league all you have to do is:

    1. Go to our Indiegogo campaign raising money for our work facilitating social change in Brazil.

    2. Donate at least $25 to the campaign.

    3. Receive an email password to our ESPN World Cup prediction league within 24 hours.

    4. Setup an ESPN account and join the CAC World Cup group.

    5. Predict the World Cup! Will England or the US get to the Quarter Finals? Will Brazil win it all at home?

    6. Keep track of your position throughout the World Cup!

    971853_489931941089557_786400727_nThis summer Coaches Across Continents will be working in disadvantaged and dangerous Brazilian communities to coincide with the World Cup specifically focusing on drug abuse, gang violence and local conflict. To ensure the greatest possible impact and provide a positive legacy for local people affected by the World Cup we need your help.

    Your support will mean that soccer, the most popular sport in Brazil, will not only have an impact for professionals this summer. It will mean that youth and communities who are overlooked by the World Cup going on around them will be given the tools and capacity to positively affect their dangerous social situations though ‘The Beautiful Game’. Money will go towards:

    • educating the next generation of Brazilians about global child rights
    • teaching how to resolve conflict and gender based violence peacefully
    • how to solve their own problems to ensure sustainability after the program

    Not only that but your support means you can be part of the CAC World Cup prediction league!

    Join today!

  • March Madness is Over… Now Predict the 2014 World Cup!

    1069170_489931647756253_1133653160_n

    April 14th 2014: The 2014 World Cup is only 60 days away. Join the CAC World Cup prediction bracket and show CAC that you are a soccer knowledge machine by going toe to toe with our soccer obsessed staff and ex World Cup winners!

    Not only do you get to compete for the title but you will also know while you watch the games, that you have supported a positive legacy for Brazil during the World Cup.

    To join the league all you have to do is:

    1. Go to our Indiegogo campaign raising money for our work facilitating social change in Brazil.

    2. Donate at least $25 to the campaign.

    3. Receive an email password to our ESPN World Cup prediction league within 24 hours.

    4. Setup an ESPN account and join the CAC World Cup group.

    5. Predict the World Cup! Will England or the US get to the Quarterfinals? Will Brazil win it all at home?

    6. Keep track of your position throughout the World Cup!

    971853_489931941089557_786400727_nThis summer Coaches Across Continents will be working in disadvantaged and dangerous Brazilian communities to coincide with the World Cup specifically focusing on drug abuse, gang violence and local conflict. To ensure the greatest possible impact and provide a positive legacy for local people affected by the World Cup we need your help.

    Your support will mean that soccer, the most popular sport in Brazil, will not only have an impact for professionals this summer. It will mean that youth and communities who are overlooked by the World Cup going on around them will be given the tools and capacity to positively affect their dangerous social situations though ‘The Beautiful Game’. Money will go towards:

    • educating the next generation of Brazilians about global child rights
    • teaching how to resolve conflict and gender based violence peacefully
    • how to solve their own problems to ensure sustainability after the program

    Not only that but your support means you can be part of the CAC World Cup prediction league!

    Join today!

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