• 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.

  • CAC Announces its Commitment to Bring Gender Policies to Life Through Sport

    October 8th 2015. Coaches Across Continents (CAC) announced its Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting held in New York, 26th-29th September. In partnership with Hogan Lovells, CAC will expand its recently piloted female empowerment curriculum into a new community intervention, ‘ASK for Choice’, which will use sport for social impact to bring gender policies to life.

    ‘ASK for Choice’ will enhance personal and community responsibility and produce locally owned and relevant gender equity initiatives. CAC’s strategic year-round mentorship on curriculum and policy development will bring gender policies to life throughout communities by generating pathways to advance women’s and girls’ participation, leadership and rights in and through sport.

    “While there are many policies and campaigns regarding women in sport, Coaches Across Continents has identified that these policies are not effective and have little impact at the community level,” says CAC’s founder, Nick Gates. “This is the optimal time to launch ASK for Choice because the FIFA Women’s World Cup captured the world’s attention and we can harness this global visibility to activate the voices of and increase the opportunities for women and girls.”

    Women’s and girls’ rights are violated daily. Cultural norms and traditional stereotypes restrict their choices. Violence and harmful practices against them continue despite international treaties and protective legal documents. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has not yet been ratified by every country or globally implemented. Where laws exist, they are frequently not enforced or brought to life. Global conflict is exacerbating the situation as refugee women and girls are particularly vulnerable to violence, exploitation and denial of their human rights.

    Gender inequity in sport mirrors societal discrimination. Women and girls face multiple social and cultural barriers in sport, including gender stereotypes, restrictions on clothing and lack of safe spaces. In many communities, sports activities for girls are considered immoral or shameful and they risk violence for simply taking part. This creates huge obstacles to equal participation.

    ‘ASK for Choice’ will be implemented in 30 countries spanning five continents. 9,000 local leaders will be educated and certified and 1,000,000 children, including at least 250,000 girls, will play games from the ‘ASK for Choice’ curriculum. Through ‘ASK for Choice’, Coaches Across Continents will create an environment for the progression of Attitudes towards optimism and gender equity; the development of Skills for female leadership and participation; and the increase in Knowledge of rights and resources. This will lead to girls’ and women’s rights, educational, employment, entrepreneurial, financial, and health choices.

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    About Coaches Across Continents

    Coaches Across Continents is a global leader in the sport for social impact movement. Our award-winning corporate partnerships and ‘Hat-Trick Initiative’ consist of comprehensive, year-round organizational development and sport for social impact education that focuses on local issues such as: female empowerment, including gender equity; conflict resolution, including social inclusion; health and wellness, including HIV/AIDS behavior change; child rights; vital life skills; and fun.

    Our key to success is a unique Self-Directed Learning model that educates people to identify, address, and solve problems specific to their communities. We mentor organizations and empower communities to question harmful traditional, cultural, and religious practices; responsibly choose their own futures; and create sustainable change.

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    About the Clinton Global Initiative

    Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together 190 sitting and former heads of state, more than 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEO’s, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,200 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.

    In addition to the Annual Meeting, CGI convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States; and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. This year, CGI also convened CGI Middle East & Africa, which brought together leaders across sectors to take action on pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges.

    For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.

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  • CAC Speak at the Women’s World Cup

    June 9th 2015. This June, Coaches Across Continents will be playing a part in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. As part of the Girl Power in Play Symposium taking place in Ottawa on June 18-19, Monitoring and Evaluation and Curriculum Development Strategist, Sophie Legros has been invited to speak on the panel ‘Sports – Education Outside the Classroom: Peer-to-Peer Mentorship’.

    The presentation will focus on CAC’s success in enabling youth leaders through Self-Directed Learning to educate communities and promote women and girls’ rights. It will introduce ASK for Choice, CAC’s unique female empowerment and gender equality curriculum.

    You can support global female empowerment by making a donation to Coaches Across Continents with a chance to WIN a 1999 US Women’s World Cup shirt signed by the entire squad.

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  • Sophie’s Speaking at the Women’s World Cup

    April 7th 2015. Coaches Across Continents Monitoring and Evaluation and Curriculum Development Strategist, Sophie Legros, has been invited to speak on a panel at the Girl Power in Play symposium in Ottawa. The panel will address Sports – Education Outside the Classroom. The symposium will focus on the power of girls’ involvement in sport and will look at the connection between sports participation and gender empowerment, improved health, changing social norms, and better nutrition.

    The presentation will focus on CAC’s unique approach to sport for female empowerment, the groundbreaking philosophy behind the implementation of the ASK for CHOICE curriculum and the long-term impacts that have ensued from it. Launched on International Women’s Day, the ASK for CHOICE curriculum focuses on tangible outcomes leading to girls’ development, enabling the Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge to increase girls’ ability and opportunity to CHOOSE. CAC’s WISER monitoring and evaluation has demonstrated the success of combining sport and education in influencing local leaders to challenge cultural norms that lead to abusive and discriminatory practices.

    ‘I am honored and extremely excited to participate in the Girl Power in Play symposium. I look forward to sharing CAC’s successes in changing attitudes and gender norms to increase female participation in sport and in empowering inspiring leaders that are creating more inclusive and safer communities for women and girls. I can’t wait to learn from the decision-makers, advocates and leaders in girls and women’s development who will be present at the event.’ – Sophie Legros

    Women Deliver, a global organisation advocating for the health and well-being of girls and women, will be holding this symposium on June 18-19, during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

    With only two months before the 2015 Women’s World Cup, you can support global female empowerment by making a donation with a chance to WIN a 1999 US Women’s World Cup shirt signed by the entire squad. The team, including Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy and Michelle Akers, won the World Cup in 1999 held in the US and became soccer legends. To be in with a chance of winning this shirt simply go to this page and make a donation of a minimum of $100 to get your name in the draw to be made on July 5th– the 2015 World Cup final.

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    Sophie (far right) On-Field in Colombia for CAC