Here is a story that started with much ignited passion to develop young leaders in Africa prior to World Cup 2010 In Africa. 

Copyright Brad Livengood 2013

Before World Cup 2010, we trained and mobilized a lot of coaches and community leaders on how to bring out Whole Life coaching and train young leaders to be fathers of the continent.

We have a number of leaders still developing young leaders and restoring the fatherhood and motherhood in the families through Whole Life coaching. 

For some of us, Whole Life coaching became a life style. We decided to walk a journey with coaches and players to attain the desired goals. 

Some of the coaches and players we have been walking with have made huge impact in their communities by multiplying leadership values. A good example is Mpulungu Youth, a Whole Life coaching sports and mentoring initiative that have seen about 40 boys proceed from Division 3, Division 2 and now have qualified to go to Division 1 after topping the leagues.

The team has become a role model among the 48 Football Association of Zambia registered clubs in the Northern Province. 

‘We are impressed by the Mpulungu Youth boys, They  have displayed both sportsmanship and leadership in and off the field, they therefor deserve to proceed to another level,’ Mr MK. 

The 40 boys have been self reliant to support the movement by doing various micro businesses to supplement to personal lives and the life of sports. They sell:

  • Eggs
  • Sausages
  • Fish
  • Cassava
  • Soft drinks
  • Charcoal
  • While others run barber shops and saloons
  • Others keep chickens, goats, pigs, rabbits and grow vegetables

Kids Helping Coach others Kids. 

10 out 40 have received either E or D  FIFA licenses and have gone through Whole Life coaching and mentoring training. And many are coaching U 17, U 15, U 14, U 12, U 10 and Girls Soccer teams respectively. 

160 Community Coaches involved in 200 villages; 3,000 young people impacted per year.

I really saw the dream. With the few boys modeling it, we are very excited to see how the vision will be unfolding.

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Ball Project is consistently amazed by & thankful for our partners working faithfully in their communities to train young leaders & help children play.

It is great to share what happening in our sports projects. Because of the pandemic all sport activities was stopped. But we found a way to give opportunities to kids for playing, we called it as a recreation, because recreation was allowed.

I continued supporting a sport club and having the balls is a big joy.

We used balls to reach two new cities and the balls were a means to engage and empower community leaders to use sports to influence kids.

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Ball Project is thankful for our partners around the world working faithfully to empower young people & their communities & to help children play.

Here is an encouraging update from one of our partners in Ghana:

Greetings, may God be with you and the blessing from God be upon you.

We received four balls and the balls have been a platform for the sharing with the young boys in my team whom I am mentoring, we meet on Mondays and Wednesdays for football trainings and on Saturdays for leadership lessons.

The balls has been a blessing to many families and young people. Although the boys have not picked up the role of leading teams, I can say that they are developing their character and leadership qualities.

About 15 boys and some others and constant as they come for mentoring. They have started picking up the pieces of the broken moral qualities. The balls has also helped me to build a strong relationship with them.

 I know with the help of God the world will become better through sports and play.

I want to say a very big thank you and may God bless you for giving us the balls that transform such lives.

Thank you.

Ball Project is thankful for our partners working faithfully to improve their communities & help children play!

Help children play

“Give me a ball and I’ll have a thousand kids chasing after it.” –Solomon, Kenya

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