Monday, June 28, 2010

World Cup Crazy? Check Out These 6 Soccer Charities!

Soccer, or Football as it is called everywhere else in the
world that is not the United States, is a global passion
unlike any other. You would never call it a past time, for
example, and often it is so enmeshed with the culture and
people of its respective country that it resembles more of
a religion than a sport.
While soccer doesn't mean quite the same thing to people in
the United States (yet) as it does in South American or
European countries, where it does begin to cross over for
many people is when they start having kids. It's then when
they come to realize the purity and excitement of the game,
no, especially, when watching their five year-old swarm up
the field after a black and white rolling honeycomb. It's
no mistake that this game, which requires nothing but a
ball and a patch of space, has stirred up so much passion
and intensity.
To celebrate The World Cup, and in the spirit of community
that soccer and sport have the capacity to create, we'd
like to bring to your attention six charities associated
with the great game of Football!

In 2000, 164 world governments came together to create the
Education for All goals and 189 governments also created
the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Two of the
eight goals involve ending poverty through education:
* to ensure that all boys and girls complete primary
schooling by 2015
* to ensure that girls have the opportunity for education
at all levels by 2015.
They promised to make sure there was enough money and that
the policies were in place to make it a reality. Since then
many countries have abolished school fees, spending was
increased by $4 billion and an extra 40 million children
are now going to school.

* Kicks For Cause
Marley Coffee founded the Kicks For Cause Foundation in
order to give back to those who make Marley Coffee possible
and to take responsibility for building healthy, happy
communities. At Kicks For Cause, it's believed sport
enriches children's lives. The Foundation aims to provide
soccer fields and soccer camps to children of the
coffee-producing communities around the world�beginning in
Jamaica. In the summer of 2001, after the use of child
labor came to the world's attention, the coffee industry
leapt to evaluate its own vulnerability to this
controversial issue. Even so, the International Labor
Organization (ILO) estimates that there are 250 million
working children, 120 million of whom work full-time. In
these communities many children work for commercial farms
and plantations that produce commodities exclusively for
export, making up an estimated 7-12% of the work force on
these plantations. Among the products that children help to
harvest are: cocoa, coffee, coconuts, cotton, fruit,
vegetables, jasmine, palm oil, rubber, sisal, sugar cane,
tea, tobacco and vanilla. Marley Coffee believes that the
proper place for a child is in the schoolroom, not the

* America SCORES
America SCORES empowers students in urban communities using
soccer, writing, creative expression, and service-learning.
With teamwork as the unifying value, they inspire youth to
lead healthy lifestyles, be engaged students, and become
agents of change in their communities. They develop
programs that use the world's most popular sport, soccer,
to energize and inspire public school students. All of
their programs require that children use the teamwork they
learn on the soccer field to support each other as poets
and authors in the classroom. The combination is unique and
it works. Every day, SCORES programs are creating a bond
between thousands of students and their classmates, their
teachers, their schools and their communities.

* Homeless World Cup
There are one billion homeless people living in our world
today. The Homeless World Cup exists to end this, so we all
have a home, a basic human need. The Homeless World Cup is
an annual, international football tournament, uniting teams
of people who are homeless and excluded to take a once in a
lifetime opportunity to represent their country and change
their lives forever. It has triggered and supports grass
roots football projects in over 70 nations working with
over 30,000 homeless and excluded people throughout the
year. The first tournament took place in Graz 2003 uniting
18 national teams. 56 nations were united for Melbourne
2008, which included the first Women's Cup. They are on the
road to Rio 2010 Homeless World Cup in September where 64
nations are expected to participate. The impact is
consistently significant year after year with 73% of
players changing their lives for the better by coming off
drugs and alcohol, moving into jobs, education, homes,
training, reuniting with families and even going on to
become players and coaches for pro or semi-pro football
teams. The Homeless World Cup supporters include UEFA,
Nike, UN, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Ambassador Eric
Cantona and international footballers Didier Drogba and Rio

* Kicks4Kenya
Kicks4Kenya is an organization established in 2007 with the
goal of getting soccer equipment to children in Kenya. By
providing them with proper balls and equipment to encourage
their play, these children can learn about teamwork and
motivation. The sport also provides them with a temporary
relief from their poverty-stricken world so that they may
return with a more optimistic mindset and new enthusiasm
for life. In the long run, these characteristics will help
them grow as individuals and give them the confidence to
overcome the obstacles they face and make great changes in
their lifestyles. Thus, while a soccer ball may not seem
like much of a gift, it is truly giving them the gift of
the world.

* MLS W.O.R.K.S.
Launched in April 2007, MLS W.O.R.K.S. is Major League
Soccer's community outreach initiative dedicated to
addressing important social issues affecting young people
and serves as a platform for both League and club
philanthropic programs. MLS W.O.R.K.S. seeks to establish
Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of
people through sport. MLS W.O.R.K.S. supports both national
and international organizations dedicated to bettering the
world we live in, including the UNICEF, the UN Foundation's
Nothing But Nets campaign, St. Jude Children's Research
Hospital, Summer Bridge Activities, The Center for Summer
Learning at Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. Soccer
Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, March of Dimes,
America Scores, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Malaria No More,
the Anti-Defamation League, Grassroots Soccer, Hope &
Heroes, and many others. They are also privileged to work
with renowned doctors and experts in the creation of their
health and wellness initiatives.
We love soccer and we love giving back!
Jennifer Gruskoff is a screenwriter who lives in Los
Angeles. Earlier this year she launched a company called
Goodkin a website that focuses
on the lifestyle and trends of non-traditional families,
where she is currently Editor In-Chief.

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