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25 students engaging in a inter-district volleyball tournament

6 centers focusing on teaching and training soccer players in Chennai.

Over 40 students practicing and learning cricket and life skills 5 days a week.

Sports teams traveling to different parts of the states and outside to conduct coaching clinics and teaching life skills

Ball Project is thankful for our partners in India & around the world working to strengthen communities & help children play.

We did a small advertisement with a desire to start soccer program to the Ukrainian refugees in Budapest. Only one boy came to the first practice. It was the son of one of our volunteers. Next practice we had 17 kids. It was a good time, lots of fun and activities that boys need at this time as they don’t have regular school time or sports time. Most of the time kids spend at home or at hotels. I was able from the beginning to start to tell stories of faith and encouragement and parents of kids were not against that. While I lead practices on the field, the rest of the team tries to build relationships with parents.

Third soccer practice, the word of mouth has already spread up among the Ukrainian community in Budapest and many people have learned about us. I was contacted by a big youth Ukrainian football team. Some players of the U-13 team are here in Budapest. They asked me to conduct practices for them. I’ve had two different practices, one with 11 players of the youth professional team and the other practice with 31 kids of different sport level. It was a bit crowded but still a lot of fun. It seems like all my years of work with kids at practices and camps helped me to be ready for these new challenges. Now we want to divide kids into two teams so we would be able to spend more quality time with them and would be able better serve them.

Big THANK YOU!!!

Ball Project is thankful for our partners in Ukraine & Hungary & around the world working faithfully to build communities & help children play.

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.

Help children play

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

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