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Peanuts + Soccer: Celebrating Our History

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Peanuts + Soccer: Celebrating Our History

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In every moment, we are granted with opportunities to take actions whose ripple effects will travel farther that we could even imagine.  And, I want to celebrate how the legacy of a life saving, agricultural chemist is woven into the fabric of Eat Soccer. Once I decided to take the first step towards my soccer dreams, I knew I needed a role model-but not just any role model-a person who personified so much passion that it became contagious.  You see I had these outrageous soccer dreams, and to overcome all the unforeseen obstacles that may cross my path, it required inspiration just as great. Fortunately, I quickly found my answer with the help of a quote and a peanut.

“When you dothe common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” --George Washington Carver

The first time I read George Washington Carver’s words I knew that this would be the guiding principal for my actions on and off the soccer field.  And, I began reading stories about this agricultural chemist’ fascination with the peanut.  It became clear to me that, if a passion for a nut could fuel the development of over 300 products and save the livelihood of an industry, the sky was the limit as to what I could do with a soccer ball to help people.

Eat Soccer’s method for creating products and serving others with soccer is based on George Washington Carver’s blueprint for the peanut.  It is a strategy that keeps our amazing partners and me on our toes to push the boundaries of where we can plug in the world’s favorite sport.  However, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Qiana Martin Named Advisor to American Culinary Federation Education Foundation

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Qiana Martin Named Advisor to American Culinary Federation Education Foundation

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Eat Soccer is pleased to announce that it’s owner, Qiana Martin, has been selected by the American Culinary Federation to serve as an advisor for its Chef to Child Foundation.  The international athlete and global soccer ambassador will provide expertise and guidance in developing tools and programs for community initiatives. Established in 1929, the American Culinary Federation is the largest professional chefs’ organization in North America, and the purpose of the American Culinary Federation's Chef & Child Foundation is to foster, promote and encourage awareness of proper nutrition in preschool and elementary-school children, as well as combat childhood obesity. Throughout the year, the foundation funds programs that provide instruction on nutrition and proper eating habits to children.

“I am excited to partner with the Chef & Child Foundation in their effort to promote the healthy development of children,” says Martin.  “Getting kids moving, with activities such as soccer, is only one part of the equation.  Students must be equipped with easy, understandable and fun ways they can eat nutritiously.  And, I am confident that ACFEF’s Farm to Fit modules, which team up physical activity and nutrition education, are going yield big wins for youth in our communities nationwide.”

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