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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.

4 players in Chennai

4 players in Chennai

Here is a great recent update from one of our Indian partners located in the city of Chennai.

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Winter in Chennai only means that kids love to play more and more. It’s that time of the year when kids can play for long hours without having to worry about the sun, heat and sweat that will tire them. Many young boys have come forward to play soccer recently. We have been coaching close to 40 boys around the prison area in Chennai, India.

We have been giving them a good chance to play in tournaments which has been a big encouragement for the young boys. They live in communities where the young boys are not often given chances to play when the senior boys play. Most of the younger boys who get coached have not played in tournaments and are coached well. Through the “Ball Project” program we are able to provide opportunities.

This season we have also been teaching the value of serving and giving through soccer. Perhaps, no one has ever taught them before that giving and sharing are values that will build people and communities. It has been very satisfying teaching these young boys these values and in turn building young lives that will change communities.

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Ball Project is very grateful for our partners who help children by helping children play.

Going for a goal in Chennai

Going for a goal in Chennai

Here is a nice update from one of our partners in Chennai India.

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Namratha is 22 years old and represents the state of Tamil Nadu in the National Volleyball championships in India.

She lives in Chennai and has completed her Masters studies from a very reputed university in Chennai.

Namratha is a very bright young girl and comes from a broken lower middle class family.

Her story in sports is an inspiration to thousands of young kids with whom she shares her story and her life through volleyball coaching.

A few years ago Namratha came in contact with the LIFE SPORTS ACADEMY volleyball coaching team and began learning basic volleyball skills.  Extremely interested in the sport and passionate to grow her gifting, she became proactive student and slowly engaged herself in helping the coaching staff as an assistant. Years passed by and through her passion, she now is the leading volleyball player and a Volleyball skills & life Skills coach at the  LIFE SPORTS ACADEMY.

Rewind a bit and it will be very easy to point back to the beginnings of the LIFE SPORTS ACADEMY which sustains even today with the huge support of the BALL PROJECT.  The BALL PROJECT provides volleyballs to help kids play sport here in LIFE SPORTS ACADEMY at Chennai. Namratha is clearly a product of the LSA supported by the BALL PROJECT.

Obviously her life has changed dramatically over the years because of her volleyball passion and today she is a leader everywhere. In her university she was a leader, in her team she is a natural leader, at the LSA academy she is a key leader and now she is beginning to emerge as a good leader in the sports and life movement in Chennai India.

For sure 1000’s of kids and youth benefit from the BALL PROJECT every year here in Chennai through different sports initiatives like the Kids Games, Sports teams, Sport academies, Sports camps and Sports outreaches for Whole Life Coaching. Massive impact definitely because of the consistent support of the BALL PROJECT.

We remain so grateful for the BALL PROJECT which has supported the work of LSA over the years and look forward to many many more years of fruitful partnership as we build people and lives towards a better world….

This is just one inspirational story among the hundreds of stories…. Rejoice together..

Thank you BALL PROJECT.

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We are grateful for our fantastic partners on the ground around the world changing lives by helping 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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