• 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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  • New Country, New Experiences, Big Impact

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    February 28, 2014. It is safe to say that our coaches experienced a true CAC first upon their arrival at their weeklong home on the Yucatán Peninsula. After two flights and a quick 14-hour layover in between, staff members Nora Dooley and Sophie Legros alongside volunteer and all-star translator Tomas Torres-Tarver of the One World Futbol family, arrived safely in Mérida, albeit exhausted, excited, and a bit delirious. Our gracious hosts, FEYAC (Fundación del Empresariado Yucateco A.C.), gathered us from the airport late at night and brought us to our temporary oasis… and when I say oasis, I mean… oasis. Eyes watering from laughing so hard, our coaches could do little else as they soaked in the reality of living directly on a beach, in a gorgeous house with more space than our two seasoned staff knew what to do with. Suffice it to say we are not used to such luxury, but when it comes our way we certainly are not shy in seizing the moment.

    Other than the VIP accommodation, this week in Mérida stands as our first program in Mexico, and this group of coaches definitely delivered. A band of about 50 men and women from all over the Yucatán state, these participants proved each and every day how much they not only care about the children in their care as teachers and coaches, but also how passionate they are about finding innovative ways to educate. They unequivocally latched on to the social messages of every game we played with them, making our jobs incredibly easy, fun, and rewarding.

    1502va108As we do with all programs, in all cultural contexts, in so many communities around the world, we asked this group about the social issues most relevant to their society, to their culture, to the people, young and old, that they encounter in their everyday lives. The feedback we received was integral in planning the training schedule, as our priority is always to give our participants exactly what they ask for as we help them on the path to self-directed learning.

    The collective voice of this assembly of coaches emphasized the reality of bullying and discrimination facing children throughout the communities they live and work in. In response to this we played a game called Lupita Against Bullying. We named this game after a participant in this training who has been playing for the Mexican Women’s National Team for 15 years – Lupita Worbis – a true role model who cares deeply about community development and using her celebrity to pay it forward.

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    In this game there are players who represent different forms of bullying such as insults or violence. These players must chase the others around the grid – which represents their community – and try to tag them. If they tag them they yell out what type of bullying they represent and the player they tag must crouch down on the ground, making it clear that they have been caught. Once all the players are tagged we play the game again, but this time we introduce a way for the tagged players to be freed. This can happen when a free player approaches a crouching, frozen player and empowers them with a complement, raising them back up and giving them the power to run once more. Following this game was a great discussion about how we can combat the issue of bullying, addressing specific circumstances raised by some of the participants as well as in a more general context.

    This dynamic and fruitful week of training left our CAC team in high spirits. Yes, the beach house played a slight factor, but even more inspiring was the passion exuded by the participants and members of the FEYAC team day in and day out. To say we are excited about the future of this partnership is an understatement, but when I say our staff will be fighting over running this program in the coming years… I’m talking rumpus!

    Thank you FEYAC and all the coaches and teachers for the incredible welcome, hospitality, energy and commitment to social impact – ¡Muchas gracias!

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