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Here is a great update from our partner LYN House in Indianapolis, Indiana:

During the summer months we have afternoon camps for kids K – 6th grade. This summer we had 5 different camp experiences focused on the arts. Each camp is 3 hours long and happen 4 – 5 days a week. Some camps are more hands on and others are more academic focused. To keep the kids engaged and moving we will have movement activities ready as needed. Sometimes we need them because we did not plan enough activities and sometimes they are needed because we have sat too long.

For our camps we downloaded a play guide by PlayWorks. An almost 400 page document of fun interactive games. We wanted easy access and paid to have it printed. This is a wonderful resource and makes it easy for us to grab a fun interactive game quickly and keep the kids engaged. I unfortunately do not have any photos of us playing games because we kept so busy this summer I failed to take many pictures. I have included the PlayWorks resource for you to share with other sites.

In the fall we will be working with Spades Park Library to offer a Makerspace program focused on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). This will be another perfect opportunity to use the Play Works Game guide. We also purchased some board games to help with days that we finish early or it is too cold or raining outside since we won’t have access to a gym or large open space.

In the fall we will start back tutoring and add an exercise curriculum to our time prior to tutoring and in January we will launch our third season of basketball. Ball Project funds will be used to purchase equipment for these programs. Thanks for helping us enrich our programs through adding movement to our days and fun games.

PlayWorks free downloadable Game Guide looks like a great resource. LYN House is a beautiful model of partnership – being open handed with resources, networking & helping others to help children play.

Thanks everyone at LYN House & keep up the good work!

Bloomington to Brazil - Brazilian boy with a Ball Project ball

Bloomington to Brazil – Brazilian boy with a Ball Project ball

Here is a short update from a group from Bloomington, Indiana that went to Brazil to help some local groups working in their communities:

We all wanted to thank you for your donation to us for the soccer balls and equipment we took down to Brazil…. We left half of them with a small church in the slums we worked with for most of the week and sent the rest to another church in Rio with an after school program.

We packed down over a dozen balls, three pumps, 2 goals, cones, and colored jerseys into one Adidas duffel bag.

New soccer balls for Brazil

New soccer balls for Brazil

“One night, before we had started our life skills and life values study with the kids, we had some down time and I decided it was time to test these little Brazilians’ soccer skills. Me and a small army of kids made our way to the soccer field across the street and played soccer for over an hour in the pouring rain. It is one of the coolest memories I have of the trip.” –J F, Indiana University Sophomore

Hoosiers in Brazil with Ball Project ball & Brazilian kids

Hoosiers in Brazil with Brazilian kids

Ball Project is grateful for our partners near & far who 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.

Help children play

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

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