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I am a big believer in celebrating success & progress even if goals are not met.

I may or may not be correct on this but I do think it is important.

In our lives & in our work, we are supposed to set big audacious goals which stretch us & are hard to achieve. Many times, for a variety of reasons, we fail to reach those goals in the time that we planned. So what.

As long as we didn’t fail our team, our customers, our partners, our families & our friends then the fact that we didn’t achieve everything that we had hoped isn’t really that big of deal.

Often significant progress is still seen as a total failure. Sometimes it is a failure. & sometimes it is not.  Mitigating factors contributing to failure such as changes in circumstances, resources or personnel are overlooked. Hallmarks of success such as learning a lot & adapting & overcoming new, different & additional challenges are overlooked.

I am of the opinion that the most important thing in life is relationships. Part of relationships & life is learning & celebrating together. Work & success & progress & learning & adapting & overcoming hurdles are all things to be celebrated.

If we fail to achieve our goal then we shouldn’t celebrate hitting our goal, obviously. We can & should celebrate our work & progress & our learning.

Focusing on failure & not hitting our goal can become demoralizing & kill momentum. By all means we should understand why we failed & learn from that, however we should not allow missing our goal to prevent us from celebrating what we can.

Life is too short & too wonderful to not celebrate as much as we can.

That is why I am grateful for & celebrate Ball Project’s amazing partners who week after week help children by helping children play.

We are back home again in Indiana after 2 weeks in Namibia & South Africa.

It was a great trip meeting with existing & potential partners.

These trips are always exhausting but encouraging. & I’m grateful that I get to go on them.

We spent 2 days training at an international sports leadership school & a community transformation school on how to be effective at partnering.

We met with old friends & long time partners from Fiji, Egypt, Singapore, South Africa & Malaysia. I think we even turned a couple of old friends into new Ball Project partners.

Lots of opportunities, lots of work, lots of friends, lots of partners….

We may get the opportunity to partner with an ultimate Frisbee league in Cape Town & with a group that works with deaf students in South Africa.

Relationships are the foundation of a good partnership. Face to face time with friends & partners in their homes & offices is a key to keeping relationships & therefore partnerships strong.

I am grateful for our amazing partners, advisors & donors who work so hard to help children by helping children play.

Here is an update from one of our partners in Bangladesh:

“We have programs at local government and schools communities with football and volleyball training. The training happens three days a week for two hours during four months, with attendance of 40 students each program. Usually we run two programs, one with boys(football) and other with girls(volleyball) and at the end of the year we have a tournament among the schools we’ve had the programs.

One day of training we were surprised with a visit of a mother of twin students in our program. She came to thanks us for the work we were doing with the children but in particular with a situation with her kids.

She said…”I want to thank you for given the chance to my children to participate on your program. They have change their behavior on a very good way that I’m so pleased. Before they didn’t study well. Always were complaints from the school teachers because their bad behavior at the school and even at home they always caused problems with neighbors and for me was a shame BUT after they started to come and training with you they said the coaches always talk with them to well behavior at school with teachers, also at home with mom, daddy and brother and sister. So they have change so much that now I’m proud of them. Thanks so much!””

Ball Project balls at work in Bangladesh

Ball Project balls at work in Bangladesh

Ball Project is very grateful for our amazing partners & supporters for helping children by helping 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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