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I am on my way to South Africa. I will be traveling with my 4 best advisors.

Future footballers in South Africa

The focus of the trip will be to meet with new & old friends & partners & see some existing projects & scout for new opportunities. A couple of practical outcomes will be:

  1. Find out what is working & what isn’t
  2. Find out ways Ball Project can & can’t help

little kids with lots of balls

It is important to try to be with partners face to face on the ground where we can eat together & spend time talking, listening, encouraging, learning & playing with one another as we work together to help children play.
Netball in South Africa

Here is a series of short updates from a Ball Project partner in the Bahamas:

It is a beautiful day on Eleuthera.  A friend and I re-surfaced this backboard.  It was crumbling from where the rim was broken off.  Nothing that a 5/8 sheet of plywood cannot fix!  A friend sent some nets.  Pretty cool.

rehabbed basketball goal 2019

For the past 2 years I have been volunteering at 2 primary schools with limited sports equipment.  Fortunately a couple of people have helped out with the school in James Cistern.  The Hatchet Bay school is really lacking as are so many of the other primary schools.

Right now, the biggest need is at P.A.Gibson Primary in Hatchet Bay.  This settlement is mostly underprivileged people.  The children do not have much to do because they do not have much.  A friend recently gave them a volleyball net and a ball.  They went crazy!  I would love for them to have a couple of adjustable basketball goals with some regulation size balls but also some of those smaller balls for the younger children.  I have a couple of soccer balls for them but we do not have any goals so soccer goals would be amazing!

BP Eluethera gear 2019

new basketball goal 2019

Ball Project helped with a grant for some balls & sports equipment & a new portable basketball goal.

Ball Project is thankful for our partners working to help their communities & to help children play.

 

Here is an encouraging update from our South African partner Ambassadors Football:

We work towards fueling a movement of coaches as parental figures and mentors. We work to address lack of stable homes and proper parenting through football.

To do this we designed a holistic coaches development process, where we invest life in a handful of mentor coaches, who in turn invest their lives into a handful of coaches, who in turn… This start a movement of coaches mentoring coaches, who then mentor coaches. In this movement players have a stable parental figure (in the male or female coach) and are being mentored. This in turn impacts the family of the player. We focus on this holistic coaches development process over 2-4 years. Investing into the coach through the mentor making strategy in partnership with other organizations and churches working with and encouraging young people.

Thank you for this partnership that enables of to buy equipment for the training of the coaches, that they then use afterwards for their impacting the players.

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Ball Project is thankful for our partners in South Africa & around the world working to strengthen families & communities 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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