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Here is a short update from the fantastic LYN House based here in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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LYN House provides tutoring for children and youth Kindergarten – 8th grade.

Our students have been arriving 30 minutes prior to tutoring starting. We decided to use this extra time to provide exercise and nutrition lessons. We received a grant to provide yoga on Tuesdays and nutrition lessons every other Thursday. On the alternate Thursdays we provide a exercise time using ball equipment and circuit equipment.

The Ball Project grant allowed us to purchase some equipment for this time. We also used the funding to buy some fun board games that can be earned to play during tutoring. We have also used these games on days when kids don’t have homework for our Kid’s Club program.

LYN House board games

LYN House has also been a great partner with The Viewfinder Project‘s photography program & their mission to help kids of all ages “see life differently.”

LYN House is similar to many Ball Project partners around the world in that they are a small locally focused organization serving children & the community faithfully.

As always, Ball Project is thankful for our partners, like LYN House, that faithfully work to help children play & achieve their full potential.

 

 

I am back home from a week of partner meetings in Asia & about a week of partner meetings here in the USA.

It was good to go & it is good to be back.

In Asia, I was supposed to go to Nepal but Air India decided to cancel my flights. So no Nepal but I got an extra day in Singapore.

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Soccer clinic in Nepal that I did not get to see…..

The time in Asia was very encouraging & there are lots of opportunities & partnerships to develop.

I spent almost a week here in the USA with partners from around the world. I had meetings with at least 20 partners from 19 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, South Pacific & North, South & Central America.

I was able to connect with potential Ball Project partners in France & Sweden, as well as, introduce a few people to The Viewfinder Project & the great work they are doing using photography to help people “see life differently.”

Ball Project is thankful for our supporters & partners committed to help kids play.

 

 

I am on my way to Asia for 10 days visiting Ball Project partners & projects in India, Nepal, Singapore & Malaysia.

I will also be visiting friends & other projects such as Sangita Charitable Trust, one of The Viewfinder Project partners.

I am calling the trip the Asian Airport Tour because we will barely be in each country for more than 48 hours. I say ‘we’ because one of the fabulous Ball Project Advisory Team members is coming along to see some of what is happening around the world. It should be good fun.

A trip like this is a great help to understand better what partners are doing & current challenges & opportunities they may be having. &, of course, face to face time is always more valuable than simply trading emails, text messages, pictures or videos.

I am always grateful for time with our amazing partners who do so much to help children play.

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

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