Corporate Social Impact at work.
May 30, 2013. Coaches Across Continents prides itself on our work with corporate partners. Recently CAC partnered with Chevrolet and the One World Futbol project. With their generous support, thousands of One World Futbols were introduced into Liberia this year. Alongside these Futbols we continued our ongoing Coach Education Training through Soccer Ambassadors. With all these great groups working together in partnership, the impact on local communities is magnified immensely. Check out this video for the great work!
For more information on our Corporate Social Impact Program please contact
Liberia: A Nation Recovering
March 25, 2013. Pappie Jones is well-known in Monrovia, Liberia. That is because he has been here a long time. He stayed in Monrovia through the worst of the seventeen years of civil wars, taking refuge at the American compound for three years. And he is still here, throughout the rebuilding process, coaching football. Pappie runs a group called Soccer Ambassadors for Christ. They are a group of 90 boys from ages 4-20 who train with his various teams.
Pappie does not focus solely on their development as players or “partial individuals” as he says it. His training focuses on helping them to become “complete individuals” by learning about three things: Football, Faith, and Education. It is because he is focused on the complete person that Coaches Across Continents has partnered with Pappie Jones for the past three years. At his football practices, you can see how much the boys enjoy being there, sacrificing their few Liberian dollars to cover transport to get there. In addition to football specific drills, Pappie also incorporates at least one CAC game every practice, and in doing so peppering the players with social impact skills throughout their development into citizens of Liberia. This tutelage, coupled with the advice and mentorship he is providing allow his boys to see in him a father figure worth emulating.
Over our three years Pappie has also been instrumental in making sure that many different coaches have had access to the CAC trainings. He has intentionally moved our trainings each year into different communities, allowing the youth coaches in each area to participate and benefit. This year we worked in West Point, the poorest slum in Liberia. This year we worked primarily with Division 3 coaches, who typically train teenage boys. We also discussed a future plan with FODEDE who will be starting (along with the Liberian Football Association) a girls’ school league. Many of the coaches we trained will be asked to join the fledgling girls’ school league as coaches. Finally there were coaches from the YMCA which operates nation-wide.
Also providing a massive assist to this year’s training is One World Futbol. Together with Chevrolet, they have shipped over 5,000 balls into Liberia with a larger shipment arriving in the coming months. These balls are virtually indestructible, even on tough African fields. Together with the CAC curriculum, lasting change can take place in the community as coaches now have the equipment to implement our award winning curriculum and allows for more children to participate with the balls.
It is because of people like Pappie Jones that you can see progress in Liberia, which was a shell of a country after their civil wars. Even now the 85% unemployment rate is evident, as is the fact that 80% live below the poverty line (established at $1 USD per day). But in the few years that our CAC coaches have been visiting, you can see progress of a society slowly moving forward. It is still very much developing, and leaning on the UN and international community, but it is a country that is proudly moving forward from their conflicted past. And as they continue to develop, they will continue to need the steady mentorship of people like Pappie to guide them through life.
Meet the New Coaches
Meet Addie Cartan
Favorite soccer team: Barcelona
Favorite player: Messi
Favorite movie: The Wedding Date
Favorite food: Thai Food, Pad Thai
Who will win Euro 2012? Sweden
What you are most looking forward to with your volunteering? Meeting young soccer players and helping them to become more confident as soccer players and as leaders.
Interesting fact(s) about you: Played four years of college soccer, am currently a sixth grade teacher in USA, enjoy cooking almost more then playing soccer
Addie will be working alongside coaches Emily Lambert and Brian Suskiewicz in Liberia with Soccer Ambassadors for Christ.
Meet Lauren Urke
Favorite soccer team: Chelsea F.C.
Favorite player: Messi
Favorite movie: Despicable Me
Favorite food: Dark Chocolate
Who will win Euro 2012? Italy
Funniest moment on the soccer field: Playing an inter-squad scrimmage for my high school team in a batman costume when we had practice on Halloween.
What you are most looking forward to with your volunteering? I am looking forward to using a passion of my own to help others. I want to get to know people from different walks of life to gain a better understanding of the world around me. Most of all, I want to improve the lives of those I am working with through meaningful relationships and experiences.
Interesting fact(s) about you: I am a twin in a family with two sets of twins (and I’m from the Twin Cities). I enjoy playing and teaching violin, reading, skiing, and spending time with my family and friends.
Lauren will be working with two CAC partners in Uganda; Buwate Youth Sports Academy and Kampala School of Excellence Ministries.
Meet Peyton Johnson
Favorite soccer team: Arsenal FC
Favorite player: Cesc Fabregas
Favorite movie: Love Actually
Favorite food: Chipotle Burrito Bowls
Who will win Euro 2012? Spain
Funniest moment on the soccer field: When I was dribbling the ball on a breakaway and a girl pulled down my shorts to my knees. Embarrassing and funny in hindsight.
What you are most looking forward to with your volunteering? I’m looking forward to living in a totally new country and meeting all of the awesome local volunteers who are working to better their communities.
Interesting fact(s) about you: I love peanut butter, and I can’t touch my toes.
Peyton will also be working in Uganda with CAC partners Buwate Youth Sports Academy and Kampala School of Excellence Ministries.