• CAC Delivers Purposeful Play in Paris Refugee Centers during the Women’s World Cup

    July 11, 2019. CAC’s Nora Dooley writes from Lyon, France where she watched USA vs. England in the World Cup semifinals after finishing On-Field trainings for CAC partners in Paris.

    Six years of working with Coaches Across Continents and our incredible partners have given me the most unimaginable (at least to my adolescent brain!) education in empathy. From mid-May to mid-June I traveled from Brazil to México to Colombia to the USA to Tanzania and landed in France just in time for the most important football event in the world.

    I list these travels not to boast my privilege nor shame my environmental footprint, but rather to share facts about the access that I have to the world because of the circumstances of my birth. Access granted to some people, denied to more people, and likely never even to be pursued by most people.

    Then I think about the humans I shared space with in Paris for 8 days of Purposeful Play trainings with CAC partners who serve refugee and displaced communities across the city. Long-time partner, Fútbol Más France, and new partner, Kabubu, run different types of programs for refugees and migrants from dozens of countries including Yemen, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Congo, Romania, Angola, Eritrea, Senegal, Mali, Sudan, Tibet, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria and others who are living in mostly short-term refugee centers in the south of the city. Fútbol Más runs weekly sports sessions for girls and boys of all ages as well as separate sessions for adult women and men. Their unique challenges include communication across language barriers, gender inequalities arriving from different cultures, and building an adaptable set of activities that can be used in different contexts and especially as participants come and go from the short-term establishments. CAC supports Fútbol Más and now Kabubu to integrate Purposeful Play methodology into their sessions to address these challenges and more intentionally educate and empower using play-based activities.

    Through this work in Paris – and generally with CAC – I have shared and played with humans with stories I will never be able to fully understand, histories that bounced them across borders and oceans in search of safe, welcoming homes. I think about them as I bounce around this world searching for something else, while finding a humbling fulfillment in knowing that people from perhaps the most challenging, conflict-ridden circumstances find joy, safety and identity through CAC games.

  • Spread Holiday Cheer, Win Cool Gear

    November 23rd 2016. It is that time of year again: the holidays are upon us. This year, why not spread the holiday cheer to a community in need and give the gift of real social impact? This year, Coaches Across Continents is excited to launch our holiday fundraising campaign, Spread Holiday Cheer, Win Cool Gear.

    The money we raise, and the funds you donate, will go towards our programs in Haiti in January, 2017.  After yet another devastating hurricane that killed many people and destroyed many schools, Haitian children are at a significant disadvantage. Can you imagine what it would be like if you lost a family member or your child had was left without an education? Think of how your world would change and how an entire generation’s future would be at risk. Sadly, many families in Haitian community are facing this devastating reality. With the lack of educational structure, there is a glaring need for extra-curricular education such as the kind CAC programs provide.  We are more than ready to step in and use the unifying nature of sport to aid Haiti’s recovery. Our teams will work with 200 coaches and will impact about 5,000 Haitian children.

    By making a donation to Coaches Across Continents through Firstgiving if you are in the USA or Paypal if you prefer between now and December 23rd, you have a special opportunity to contribute to CAC’s mission. Additionally, if you donate $20 or more, you will be entered in to our raffle draw which features our best prizes ever:

    Donations:

    $1 – $19 you will receive an electronic holidays card

    Every $20 you will receive an entry into our raffle draw

    Every $100 you will receive six entries into our raffle draw

     

    Confirmed Prizes:

    December 14th Washington DC Bar Night (these can only be won by people in DC, Maryland and Virginia area)

    1)   4 Lower Bowl Tickets to the Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls on Jan 10th.

    2)   4 Georgetown Men’s Basketball Tickets to the game of your choice (subject to availability)

    December 16th Random Drawing

    3) Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit and USWNT) signed jersey

    4)   Walker Zimmerman signed FC Dallas jersey

    5)   Ryan Kerrigan (Washington Redskins) Signed Football

    December 23rd Random Drawing

    6) Gyasi Zardes signed LA Galaxy jersey

    More great prizes will be added!

    Donate and enter today- http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/cac12/haiti

    If you are in the area come to our bar night at Vinoteca (1940 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001) on December 14th for happy hour! If you donate at Vinoteca you will receive an extra two hours of happy hour prices. We will also be drawing multiple prizes during the happy hour.

    In 2016, CAC programs have already positively impacted over 1,200,000 children in 25 different countries. Your donation will enable us to impact even more underserved communities. With your help, Haitian children will get the education they so very much deserve to foster their development and create sustainable futures. Please partner with us by making a donation and join CAC in giving back this holiday season.

    Don’t forget, it is almost the end of the US tax year. As Coaches Across Continents is a registered non-profit organization (EIN:32-0249174), any donation you make is tax-deductible. That means your holiday season donation gift is also tax-deductible in the US. Donate today and we will be in touch very soon about your raffle number.

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  • US Women’s Team On The Brink…

    July 1st 2015. Last night the US Women’s Soccer team reached the World Cup final after defeating Germany 2-0. The team, which triumphed thanks to second half goals from Carli Lloyd and Kelley O’Hara, is now on the cusp of making history. They will play the final on Sunday July 5th against either England or Japan, who play tonight in the second semi-final. For some Coaches Across Continents staff and supporters there may be some split loyalties if the lionesses of England go up against the US! However, if the US win the final they will become the first team in Women’s World Cup history to win the tournament three times following their victories in 1991 and 1999. Can this team which includes stars such as Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe emulate their predecessors heroics in 4 days time?

    If you are supporting the US Women’s National Team on Sunday you could be in with a shot of completing a very impressive soccer double by entering our competition. There are only four days left to enter and be in with a chance of winning a signed 1999 US Women’s soccer team shirt! This unique shirt, signed by legends such as Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy, is an incredible piece of history. The competition draw will take place on Sunday just before the final kicks off at 7pm EST with the winner announced on Monday July 6th. Go to this page and enter the competition today to have a shot while also supporting CAC’s work on global female empowerment.

    You can win a piece of 1999 history on the same day the 2015 US Women’s soccer team try to create new history!

    ENTER THE COMPETITION HERE!

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