One of the most beautiful things we as soccer fans and players can do is spread the love of the game we share to help others in need. At SoccerGrow we are able to show what many organizations and non-profits are doing to bring positive influences in different places in the world using the common language of soccer or football. One World Play Project is an organization that focuses in on the power of play to create a positive aspect of life for children in war-torn or impoverished parts of the world. All it takes is a ball to impact youth around the world and with that ball, playing can truly change their life.
It all started back in 2006 when One World Futbol inventor Tim Jahnigan was watching TV and saw refugees in Darfur playing soccer using a ball that was made of trash they had tied together. Jahnigan saw the need for a ball that could withstand conditions found in refugee camps, disaster areas, and impoverished communities.
In 2008, rock star and famous football fan Sting donated the official startup money to create the prototype of the One World Futbol. In 2010, Tim and his wife Lisa Tarver launched One World Futbol Project, a B corporation designed to fulfill the mission Tim envisioned years before. In 2012, Chevrolet became the founding sponsor of the company and pledged to support the donation and distribution of 1.5 million futbols.
The One World Futbols are used by loads of different organizations that use sports and play to teach different life lessons that can create healthier lifestyles and awareness to many things affecting the lives of these children. In 2014, One World Futbol Project changed their name to One World Play Project while also reaching 1 million soccer balls distributed that affected over 30 million children around the globe.
You can check out some stories of people impacted by the organization here:
You can get involved by buying and giving to the organization here:
There is a variety of products available online including different colored soccer balls. My personal favorite is the blue ball that is apart of the Buy One, Give One campaign. You can even purchase balls in orange, pink, green, and in the yellow Chevrolet color. If you don’t need a soccer ball, you can even just give one for $25!
There is a variation of different clothing items as well to purchase to help support the organization in their efforts to use the power of play for good. If you are looking for other ways to get involved with One World Play Project, click this link and see how you can start a campaign, give monetary donations, or even become a sponsor or partner. You can check that page out right here: