• Help Celebrate An Unsung CAC Hero

    October 31st 2016. If a picture is worth a thousand words then how many words is a video worth? For CAC the value of a video is immeasurable. It is a universal problem for non-profit organizations all over the world- how do you tell the story of your work simply. Without question the best way, without actually taking people directly to our programs, is through video. That is why the importance of CAC resident videographer Kevin O’Donovan can’t be underestimated. Kevin (or OD as he is commonly referred) brings CAC to life through his inspirational vision and ability. Every year OD leaves his regular life for 2 weeks and traipses to whichever far-flung location CAC request his presence. In the past this has meant charter planes in Kenya, 10 hour bus journeys to rural Uganda, bumpy roads in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and filming in some of the most disadvantaged areas of India and Cambodia. The destination of the CAC films in 2016 has still to be revealed…

    Now we are delighted to say that OD has been recognized for his incredible work by the Charity Film Awards who have nominated his film about our ASK for Choice initiative. BUT, we need your help to ensure he is rewarded further! We NEED you to go online and vote for this film to win the award! Click here to vote. With your help we can fully celebrate an unsung hero of CAC’s success.

    Watch the nominated video below. For more of OD’s work please go to our videos page.

     

  • Armenia Joins The CAC Family

    September 9th 2016. Andrea Montalbano writes about the start of our partnership with Girls of Armenia Leadership Soccer (GOALS). Andrea is a member of the CAC Business Advisory Team and the ASK For Choice Advisory Team.  She is also the author of the Soccer Sisters book series.

    The feel of fall is in the in New York air, but all we can talk about at our dinner table is our family’s recent trip to Armenia with Coaches Across Continents. We worked with CAC staff and Board Members Judith and Bill Gates in several different locations throughout the former Soviet Republic.

    In the capital Yerevan, we trained with fantastic coaches and learned how powerful and fun sport for social change and education can be.  We were based at the Football Federation of Armenia, the country’s governing body, and thrilled to work with their girl players and see the future leaders come alive on the field covering topics such as health and wellness, life skills, gender equality, problem-solving, and team building. Boys and girls were playing together, which was amazing because we learned that it doesn’t happen very often.

    In the small village of Tumanyan, we worked with a variety of educators and community leaders in partnership with the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF).  One of the most moving moments for me was to see men and women of all ages, debating and collaborating on policy toward the equitable role of women in society. The conversations were held in COAF “Smart Rooms” and using CAC technology – evidence to my eyes that conversations started on the field have impact off the field.

    Our family’s last stop (CAC would continue on to Gyumri) was at the beautiful UWC School in Dilijan, where the student body is from over 70 different nations! Talk about a worldview. It was truly inspiring to see so many young leaders from all over the world working together and getting excited to bring CAC into their community.

    One of the most impactful things I learned on the trip was to listen to the ideas of others, particularly the ideas of children.  So I thought it only appropriate to do a brief Q&A with the rest of my family and start with the kids.

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    William Jebejian, 9

    Q: Did you have a favorite game, William?

    A: My favorite game was when you had to make the animal sounds (an adaptation of Mingle Mingle) and you had to switch. I liked how you kind of made a fool out of yourself, but it was really hard, because you were like, I think that was a lion, no it’s a cat! It’s really confusing. Meow! And it was so loud. And you don’t understand anything.  You were just running around. It was so fun.

    Q: What was the biggest lesson you learned through Coaches Across Continents?

    A: That you should not rely on people to solve your problems and you should try and solve your own problems without asking someone to do them for you.

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    Lily Jebejian, 12

    Q: Did you meet anyone who inspired you?

    A: Sofik was an awesome leader and role model for all girls and even though I didn’t speak Armenian, I could understand by the way she coached.  One night, we got to go to her house and it was cool to see where she was from and the rest of her family.  They were welcoming and very sweet.

    Q: You play a lot of sports here in New York.  Were you surprised to see the differences in opportunities there?

    A: Seeing all the girls show up to the field in dresses and sandals and fancy shoes, I thought, they have never played soccer before and it seemed kind of bizarre to me because basically everyone I know has played soccer before and would never have shown up to a soccer practice like that.  It made me appreciate my town and the opportunities that I have more because I got to see how girls are not encouraged to play.

    Diron Jebejian, who is of Armenian descent.

    A: What surprised you the most about the curriculum?

    Q: That it actually has very little to do with soccer.  It was better than my expectations, because I learned a lot. They have a very unique way of getting people to come together to find a common way to communicate to ultimately work out some of their problems, collaborate, and have much better opportunity to solve problems, so it was much different than I thought.

    Q: Do you think that sport for social change can help Armenia?

    A: I do. I didn’t really understand what it meant until I spent time with CAC. But, I think the common interest of sport is a very good way to bring people together.

    Q: We introduced the ASK For Choice curriculum to Armenia. What do you think the biggest challenge is facing the women of the country?

    A: The biggest challenge for the country is economic opportunity.  Without more opportunity the country will continue to have people leave to find better jobs and better ways to support themselves.  So that’s clearly the challenge, and so the investment in education and investment in girls is one of the principle ways to change that equation so I think it’s all tied together.

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  • The Complete 2015 Documentary

    April 13th 2015. Over the past few weeks we have been releasing sections of our 2015 Documentary. Now, for the first time, CAC is pleased to present our complete 2015 documentary. The documentary was filmed in Cambodia in August 2014 with our inspirational partners there, IndoChina Starfish Foundation (ISF), by CAC’s resident videographer Kevin O’Donovan. Kevin does an incredible job of bringing CAC’s work to life every year and this film is no different.

    This complete film brings together all five sections of previously released clips. These clips come together to provide an overview of Coaches Across Continents, our Self-Directed Learning model and four aspects of our core curriculum: Soccer Skills for Life, Soccer for Health and Wellness, Soccer for Gender Equity and Soccer for Conflict Resolution. It is through this model that, since 2008, we have been able to work with 123 implementing partners and impact over 800,000 children, creating social change globally through sport.

    Watch our complete 2015 Documentary, filmed in Cambodia, below:

    The final section was our Soccer for Conflict Resolution model:

    Part 4 focuses on our Soccer for Life Skills module:

    Here was part 3, focusing on our Soccer for Health and Wellness module:

    In case you missed it, here is part 2 focused on our Soccer for Gender Equity module:

    And part 1 focused on our Self-Directed Learning model:

  • Part 5 of the Brand New CAC Documentary

    March 31st 2015. CAC is pleased to present the 5th and final part of our new 2015 documentary. We will release the full feature film soon. The documentary was filmed in Cambodia in August 2014 with our inspirational partners there, IndoChina Starfish Foundation (ISF), by CAC’s resident videographer Kevin O’Donovan. Kevin does an incredible job of bringing CAC’s work to life every year and this film is no different.

    In the fifth installment below, we focus on our Soccer For Conflict Resolution module. In this module we use sport to address harmful stereotypes which can divide communities and lead to conflict. You can also see how children and youth who have various physical and mental disabilities can be integrated into society using sport. At every Coaches Across Continents program we ask every participant to challenge divisions which exist in their communities and encourage communication over violence.

    Watch the final installment below today and stay tuned for the release of the full combined documentary very soon!

    Last week we released part 4 which focuses on our soccer for life skills module:

    Here was part 3, focused on our soccer for health and wellness module:

    In case you missed it, here is part 2 focused on our soccer for female empowerment module:

    And part 1 focused on our Self-Directed Learning model:

  • Part 4 of the Brand New CAC Documentary

    March 24th 2015. CAC is pleased to present part 4 of our new 2015 documentary. We have 5 films which are being released in 5 parts before the full feature video is released. The documentary was filmed in Cambodia in August 2014 with our inspirational partners there, IndoChina Starfish Foundation (ISF), by CAC’s resident videographer Kevin O’Donovan. Kevin does an incredible job of bringing CAC’s work to life every year and this film is no different.

    In the fourth installment below, we focus on our Soccer For Life Skills module. In this module our games cover using soccer to create a safe space where social issues can be discussed and giving local participants the confidence to use their voice and challenge culture and tradition. During our program we witness transformations in the local coaches’ attitude, knowledge, skills and confidence. There are also a number of inspiring answers to the #WhenIGrowUp question.

    Watch the new video below today and stay tuned for the final installment very soon!

    Here was part 3, focused on our soccer for health and wellness module:

    In case you missed it, here is part 2 focused on our soccer for female empowerment module:

    And part 1 focused on our Self-Directed Learning model:

  • Part 3 of the Brand New CAC Documentary

    March 17th 2015. CAC is pleased to present part 3 of our new 2015 documentary. We have 5 films which are being released in 5 parts before the full feature video is released. The documentary was filmed in Cambodia in August 2014 with our inspirational partners there, IndoChina Starfish Foundation (ISF), by CAC’s resident videographer Kevin O’Donovan. Kevin does an incredible job of bringing CAC’s work to life every year and this film is no different.

    In the third installment below, we focus on our Soccer For Health and Wellness module including HIV/AIDS behavior change. Some of the cultures in which we work have some of the highest rates of HIV in the world while others do not have the structures in place to educate children about nutrition, exercise and keeping their bodies healthy. This installment also contains a moving story from ISF’s Chairman of the Football Committee, Leo Brogan, about the situation a child in their program faced.

    Watch the new video below today and stay tuned for the next installment very soon!

    In case you missed it, here is part 2 focused on our soccer for female empowerment module:

    And part 1 focused on our Self-Directed Learning model: