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Here is a great update from one of our partners in Egypt:

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We run two soccer academies. One is in a particular local community and was started 15 years ago. Because of the audience we are able to do lots of leadership training both with the players and parents. Our soccer academies have expanded to seven cities around the country and have approximately 5,000 participants each year. Most age groups meet twice per week in the summer and range between 5-21 years old.

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Our other academy is open to everyone. It is in its third summer and currently has close to 100 participants. We combine training with character and value lessons and provide a leadership development training. This academy meets three times per week in the summer (twice per week in the winter). Our goal with this academy is to enter the competitive league later this year with selected players which will increase our scope and influence.

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We want to influence whole families and one of our strategies is to organize father/child matches. Most fathers spend the majority of their time out of the home and don’t have strong relationships with their children. These matches (and the father/child camp we run) help foster better relationships.

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May of our players tell us they notice a difference in the atmosphere of our academy compared to others they have attended. They recognize we care about them as more than just athletes. One mother told us she thanks God all the time that she found our academy for her daughter because we have been such a good influence on her.

Thank you for helping to resource our academies. You have helped us get closer to our goal of having one ball for every athlete during practice.

Ball Project is grateful for our partners around the world encouraging & impacting families & communities as they help children play.

 

Here is a great short update from one of our partners in Ukraine:

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About my Projects:

1)We work with 2 age groups in my community this is around 50 kids. We practice together around 4 times per week. We have a character lesson once a week.
2) We helped create a network among coaches in Ukraine. It is called Christian Football of Ukraine we help each other by conducting tournaments, camps and educational courses. We see how common help allows us to be more effective in our work.
3) One of my former players on my team moved to Kiev to University to do sports development work and he serves the student community through Frisbee.

Several Ball Project partners have started using Frisbee in their sport development work. Frisbee is great because it is inexpensive & portable. Frisbee can be competitive or simply fun.

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I travel allover the world with my Aerobie Dogobie flying disc because it is soft & flexible & fits in my back pocket.

I have played Frisbee with 5 year old kids & 90 year old women out in a tiny village in India on a trip with Invisible Girl Project. I have played Frisbee with kids in Egypt & Hyde Park, London

It is fun to see Frisbee growing internationally as a way to build communities, health & fitness, teams & to 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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