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Soccer + #GivingTuesday: Our 18 Picks


Soccer + #GivingTuesday: Our 18 Picks


With the goal of celebrating and encouraging charitable activities at the start of the holiday season, #GivingTuesday is an invaluable opportunity for participants and fans of soccer to #GiveanAssist to causes that use the beautiful game to bring social change. Getting in the game for #GivingTuesday can be as quick as donating a few dollars, sharing an organization’s link or logo with your social network, clicking an Amazon Smile purchase link, volunteering your time/talents on your terms and/or supporting a social enterprise/fair trade brand.  The ways you can #GiveanAssist today and the rest of the upcoming year are only limited by your creativity.

Whether you want to team up with a cause in your community or on the other side of the world, our 2013 picks are using soccer to tackle challenges with unique, local and global approaches.

#GiveAnAssist And….

Stand Up to Gender Based Violence + Rape: The Beautiful Game

A documentary by award winning director/producer Danny Turken, The Beautiful Game is a story about the impact of soccer on women in South Africa-- who use their love for the sport to challenge gender discrimination, gender-based violence and deep-seated cultural stereotyping-- and demonstrate soccer’s ability to transcend all boundaries and reshape the perception of women throughout the world.  Currently in the final days of its Kickstarter post-production campaign, the team is offering a number of unique #GivingTuesday rewards for those who pledge their support before midnight today.  Check their funding page at the link above for details.

Inspire Creativity On and Off the Field: America Scores*

America SCORES empowers students in urban communities using soccer, writing, creative expression, and service-learning.  The organization currently serves 8,000 young, soccer-poets in 13 cities.

Save Money on Balls: One World Futbol Project*

One World Futbol produces, sells and shares almost indestructible, nondeflatable balls that harness power of play to heal and bring about social change in some of the harshest environments around the globe.  Their buy one, give one initiative brings soccer to organizations and individuals that need it most.

Spread Electricity Soccket

Uncharted Play combines sports, science and social innovation to bring its energy-harnessing soccer ball to the children in the developing world.  Fifteen minutes of play with the soccer ball provides 3 hours of LED light. With a get one, give one initiative, you have a cool ball to charge your phone and a child abroad has a new light source.

Gift Collegiate Athletic Experiences: Sporty Girls, Inc.*

Founded by national sports personality Rashan Ali, Sporty Girls, Inc. provides programming that encourages minority, metro Atlanta girls (age 8 – 18) to participate and achieve success in non-traditional sports, such as soccer, tennis, swimming and golf.  Every year, 40 girls are selected to get a taste of collegiate athlete life by participating in a rigorous, overnight camp at local campus.

Tackle HIV/Aids: Grassroot Soccer*

Co-founded by CBS Survivor Series Winner Ethan Zohn, Grassroot Soccer uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV.

Passback to Upstart Soccer Programs: US Soccer Foundation

The U.S. Soccer Foundation is on a mission to enhance, assist and grow the sport of soccer in the United States, with a special emphasis on underserved communities. Through their Soccer for Success, Passback and Safe Places to Play programs, the foundation is making sure unexposed youth are equipped with all of the tools to play the game.

Equip ATL Youth with Life Skills + Jobs: Soccer In the Streets*

Soccer in the Streets empowers underserved youth through soccer, mentoring, character building and employability programs.  In 2013, Soccer in the Streets weekly programming serves 1,300 kids at 16 different metro Atlanta locations and employs 70 participants or graduates as coaches, referees, event staff, or administrators.

Set the Homeless Up For Another Shot: Street Soccer USA*

With a mantra that “Ending homelessness is a team sport,” Street Soccer USA uses the power of soccer to help homeless men and women dramatically transform their lives. Through their mobile donation initiative, you can support an athlete for ($5) by texting “GOAL” to 80100.

Soccer without Borders*

With programs in seven US cities, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Egypt and Uganda, Soccer without Borders utilizes soccer as a vehicle for positive change in the lives of marginalized youth.

Build Character in Chicago Youth: Urban Initiatives*

Urban Initiatives’ mission is to empower underserved children to adopt healthy lifestyles, improve their academic performance, and build strong character through sports-based youth development programs.

Show MLS Love: United for D.C

As the outreach arm of MLS Club DC United, United for D.C. champions educational, health, and recreational programs and events that serve disadvantaged youth of greater Washington, DC by engaging the resources and skills of D.C. United and its community of supporters.

Arm Youth for Peace: Darfur United (I-Act)*

By fielding an all-star refugee team and academy for children, Darfur United is making sure that Darfuri youth in Chad “now have a place in the world.”

Empower Young Women in Senegal: Ladies Turn

Ladies’ Turn is a non-profit association working to give Senegalese girls and women the chance to develop teamwork and leadership skills through the sport of soccer.

Enrich A Nation of Young Players: AYSO Soccer *

With a membership almost 2x the size of Iceland’s population, the American Youth Soccer Association’s 600,000 youth participants learn how to play the global game in a fun, family environment.

ReGift Gently Used Equipment: Peace Passers*

Peace Passers serves as a platform to redistribute donated, new and used soccer items to communities that have limited access to proper gear.

Create Female Changemakers in India: Yuwa India

With a mission to spark youth led change, Yuwa India provides a platform for young women in India to gain confidence and make a change in their world.

Free + Healthy Play in San Francisco: Vega Football Club

Vega Football is a competitive youth soccer club with a social mission: a free-to-play model that allows kids from underserved communities to access the life-changing, developmental benefits of playing organized soccer.

Have a Happy #GivingTuesday2013!

*Participating in the Amazon Smile program: If you purchase items through the organization’s Amazon Smile link, 0.5% of your purchase will be donated to the organization.


Jay-Z Educates You About Freddy Adu


Jay-Z Educates You About Freddy Adu


When was the last time you chanted about soccer?  If you ever had Jay-Z’s American Gangster on your playlist, then you spit a few bars about a well-known athlete from the sport. I’m like Kanye’s jaw.

I might break but I don’t fold till I hold the sky in my hand.

Yeah that’s my goal.

And then I bid you Freddy Adu.

Prodigal Child, y’all not ready for the future.-American Gangster Jay –Z

At age fourteen, Freddy Adu became one of the youngest athletes to sign a professional sports contract in the United States.  This Ghanaian born-American soccer player made his debut with Major League Soccer’s DC United and was dubbed as the next Pele.  However since this goal scorer splashed on the global radar, he has said hello and good-bye (Jay’s play on Adu/Adieu) to a number of clubs in Portugal, France, Greece and Turkey.

I had the opportunity to catch up with a sportswriter while in Lisbon who gave me his thoughts on Adu’s time with Benfica.  Catch the clip below.


Then, Adu returned to the MLS with the Philadelphia Union in 2011.  Only a few days ago, the 23 year old parted ways with the club.  ESPN’s Jason Davis blogs about Adu’s departure on the Soccer USA blog.

And that my friends is how we breakdown those lyrics into soccer bars…

Catch our Brazilian Portuguese Soccer language lessons on YouTube.  18 lessons in 9 minutes. We are all about speed and efficiency over here club kids!