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Here is an encouraging update from one of our partners in Ukraine:

Last Bell Ministries works with orphanage graduates in Zhytomyr, Ukraine. Most recently, the Ball Project helped us install Foosball tables and purchase other supplies for soccer and games.

One orphanage graduate is studying to combine youth leadership development and soccer. We helped her with balls and other supplies for a soccer group she coaches. Her caption for the photo: “This is how we LOST four goals!” She is helping kids like herself – including orphans – learn how to play, including the daydreaming part!

Last Bell goalie 6.2019

What a fantastic picture!

Ball Project is thankful for our partners around the world working to build communities & help children play!

Here is a great update from our partner Last Bell that works in Ukraine:

Last Bell works with about 200 youth every year. Some are only in their teens; others are grown with kids. Our Day Center is open several days a week, and it’s often packed, with youth using every game and piece of furniture in the room! Foosball is especially popular.

Three young men, all orphanage graduates, are part of our Restoration Project crew. They’re apprenticing to learn the home renovation trade while being mentored by our staff. Right now they’re renovating our Day Center, where our foosball, ping-pong, and other games are. It’s an important place to all of them – one even used to rush to the Day Center after every workday was over to make sure he spent time with our staff – and now they’re giving back as part of their job! Our games are a big part of the Day Center’s welcome, making it easy for our youth to be together and get to know our staff and each other. Games make everyone feel comfortable together.

Ball Project helped sponsor some of the games & equipment in the Day Center.

Ball Project is thankful for our partners in Ukraine & around the world working to help children play!

12.2018_standard team pic

Here is an encouraging update from one of our partners in Ukraine:

This is an update on work with our senior group of boys 14-15 years old.

Current season in the youth league the team started well. 4 victories in 4 games created some confidence that helps and needed to players. But 5th game against weak opponent appeared some problems in the team.

During the whole game boys had a number of opportunities to score the goal but didn’t succeed, so they become more and more frustrated. Also the referee said a few bad words before the game towards to our players and during the game he was trash talking towards our team.

So when in the end of the game referee called penalty to our goalpost, some of our players didn’t allow him to do it and even spit on him. It was a shame.

I just came back from the training I did for a professional club on focus on things you can control (motivation, effort etc) and how to not to lose concentration focusing on things that are out of your control (referee, crowd, etc). And the same things appeared with our young players.

So a few days after game we gathered the guys and had nice talk with them analyzing the situation, teaching them to focus on things that they can control and what and how to deal with things that you can’t control. We also spoke not only about football, but also about situation in their school life, in their normal life and how to apply these principles there.

I love football and sport in general because constantly it provides situations and teachable moments where you can teach boys about something bigger and something more important than just how to play football, but teach them something that will influence and change their lives, their achievement not only in football but in other areas of their lives as well.

Ball Project is thankful for our partners around the world working to impact their communities & 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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