• #BuiltToPlay with ESPN in Sydney

    February 28th 2019. We are delighted to announce our collaboration with ESPN/Disney, and other incredible partners in Sydney, Australia as part of their global Built to Play project.

    Today, Coaches Across Continents were delighted to be present at the official opening of a new, multifunctional sports space in Mount Druitt, Sydney, Australia. The first of its kind that ESPN/Disney has done in Sydney and the eighth Built to Play project globally. The space, built by community volunteers and ESPN and Disney employees, is designed to provide a safe place to play for the surrounding community, as well as offer ongoing programming using the power of sports to educate young people on key local issues. The event included music, special cultural performances, and a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a showcase of the programming that will occur onsite. The project is led by ESPN and The Walt Disney Company, in collaboration with Education Outside the Classroom organizations, love.futbol, Coaches Across Continents and PCYC Mt Druitt.

    CAC is proud to be a part of this ESPN/Disney #BuiltToPlay initiative that brings a Love.Fútbol safe space and CAC’s Purposeful Play to PCYC Mt. Druitt to benefit tens of thousands of children and their families for years to come. – Brian Suskiewicz, Chief Executive, CAC

    As well as showcasing CAC’s work during the inauguration, our Chief Executive Brian Suskiewicz will be running a Purposeful Play training program for PCYC coaches, teachers and community leaders over the next 3 days on the new pitches. We will then work closely with the PCYC to implement programming around key social topics identified by them over the next 10 months. Topics include community re-integration, gender equality, conflict prevention, health and substance abuse. The project will also include opportunities for ESPN employees in Sydney to engage with the PCYC, CAC and the community initiative throughout 2019.

    Because of #BuiltToPlay we have the potential ability to further develop our programming regarding youth guidance in education, safety, and core values to another level. – Lance Chaloner, Senior Club Manager at PCYC Mt. Druitt

  • CAC Empowers Leaders in Qatar

    IMG_9360March 31, 2014. Reach Out to Asia (ROTA), a member of the Qatar Foundation, hosted a three-day event in Doha, Qatar called EMPOWER 2014. CAC’s Chief Executive Strategist, Brian Suskiewicz, was invited to represent our organization as a key player in the field of sport for development.  This was ROTA’s 6th annual youth conference on leadership, service learning, and global citizenship.  For 2014 the underlying theme was Sport for Youth Empowerment.

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    Panel (l to r): Dr. Auma Obama (Sauti Kuu), Mark Haig (Liverpool Foundation), Pratik Kumar (Magic Bus), and Brian Suskiewicz (CAC)

    Over the course of these three days Brian participated on a panel, held a workshop, and ran an on-field session. The panel discussion was on “Sports for Education and Youth Empowerment” and Brian’s fellow panelists included Pratik Kumar, the CEO of our new partners, Magic Bus India, as well as Mark Haig, the director of the Liverpool FC Foundation and Dr. Aumu Obama from Sauti Kuu in Kenya. During this panel Brian told our story, answering questions such as, “How did your organization get started using sports as a way of engaging youth?” and “What is the biggest accomplishment that your organization has achieved by using sports?” He also spoke of the “power of sport” and what it means to our organization.

    The members of this conference were young leaders from the USA, Brazil, and the throughout Middle East between the ages of 16 and 26. A huge part of what we do at CAC, working with young leaders has its challenges but is infinitely rewarding. Brian took the participants through a classroom workshop centered on our self-directed learning model.  After speaking about how self-directed learning can be taught through sport, Brian engaged the participants in creating their own sport for social impact games, targeting social issues that exist in their own communities.  These games were presented to the group at the conclusion of the workshop.

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    On-Field sessions were held in the world-class Aspire Zone

    And save the best for last, Brian’s final task at the ROTA youth conference was the on-field session at the world-class Aspire Zone. Brian taught the up and coming games from CAC’s sport for social impact curriculum.  The identical three-one hour sessions with new groups of participants focused on using their voice to gain confidence and leadership while playing Circle of Friends, Ronaldo Skills, and then implementing the learned social message of voice into a game of Ronaldo for Fun.  The young leaders learned on-field how to integrate social impact messages in a fun and soccer-intensive way during their brief time on the field.  One young girl from Qatar came up after the session and told Brian, “That was the most fun I’ve ever had playing soccer” which was the highlight of the day for our Chief Executive.

    All in all, this was a great opportunity for CAC to share our work with a great group of young leaders and network with like-minded people and organizations that have similar aims – using sport to make the world a better place.  This conference comes on the heels of our recent participation in the Next Step Conference held in India in February and just prior to our upcoming presentations at the first-ever Hofstra Soccer Conference which will be held in New York in April, where Pele will be the guest of honor and receive an honorary degree.

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    Young leaders from around the globe after participating and learning on-field with Brian

  • Great GOAL in Ghana!

    Sept 27th, 2012:  Coming back to Ghana for our second year running the GOAL program with Standard Chartered was more successful than we ever could have imagined. The GOAL program uses a football-related curriculum highlighting the topics of Being Money Savvy, Being Healthy, Being Empowered, and Being Yourself. This past March we officially launched the program with Liverpool FC where we were able to work with both kids and Standard Chartered employees. This past week we were excited to start working with coaches throughout Accra.

    Coaches Emiy and Brian address the 160 Ghana Coaches

    Walking up to the football pitch in Accra we were bewildered with the number of coaches our in-country partner Youth Icons were able to bring forward. We had over 160 coaches that coached for the Ghana Football Association (GFA) from Greater Accra. These 160 coaches are able to reach over 15,000 kids. We were able to train this array of coaches, some who have only been coaching a few years to some who have had successful professional football careers. Many coaches that participated in the GOAL program coach up to three local youth boys and girls teams.

    Former Black Stars Coach Herbert Addo talks to the coaches

    The GFA coaches were very keen to learn games that would help their football players grow as people off the pitch. Coaching for social development was a new concept for the majority of the coaches but they put everything they had into the training sessions. It was a new experience training ex-professionals football games for social development and having them take competitiveness to a new level. Thanks to the hard work by Youth Icons, Standard Chartered and GFA by the end of the week we were able to hand out 160 well-earned certificates and impact over 15,000 kids.

    Emily and Brian wearing their presents from Accra Coaches