New York, NY—A few months ago, I wrote an article titled One World Futbol: Inspiring Hope with an Ultra-Durable Soccer Ball. The purpose of the article was to make you aware of the One World Futbol (OWF) and the goodwill intentions behind it.
Basically, the purpose of this article is to provide an update on the global contribution of this beautiful Ultra-Durable soccer ball. While it's realistic enough to assess that the OWF isn't going to solve the problems of many of the countries the ball is currently at, it's important to understand that the OWF is making a difference to lives of the children they've reached.
Since their July 2010 launch, the OWF has reached a total of 119 countries worldwide; including Vatican City. The total number of OWF to have reached those countries has been 7,340 and counting.
In addition, 123 organizations worldwide have utilized the OWF for their programs. As a result, an estimated 475,000 children and young adults have been had the opportunity to play with the ball while keeping their enthusiasm for soccer alive.
In an effort to create a greater awareness of the OWF and it's global impact, here's a rundown of the following celebrities/athletes/VIPs who have interacted with the ball: First Lady Michelle Obama, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, Martin Sheen, Sting, Julie Foudy, Brandy Chastain, Prince Albert of Monaco, and Brazilian and New York Cosmos star Carlos Alberto Torres.
With all the impressive star power advocating the OWF, I will admit that I was honored when I was contacted by the company about the possibility of working together. When it's said and done, I'm just a guy who loves writing about soccer.
While the scores and the latest transfer news are important to readers, I believe that it's important to break the status quo of soccer coverage so we can look past statistics and results in order to appreciate the global impact Soccer has from a social, political, economically and spiritually perspective.
Following the philosophy of In-N-Out co-founder Harry Snyder of "Keep it real simple. Do one thing and do it the best you can", I simply asked for four Ultra-Durable soccer balls. One for myself and three towards three non-profits of my choice.
The reason I asked for one is because I want to write a monthly update about my OWF, where I've taken it, and have others give their testimony about it. For the three non-profits I've selected is because I respect the contributions they've made in their communities both locally and globally.
They invest hours of their time and energy in making a difference and I want them to be acknowledged for it. In addition, I've had the privilege of meeting the people involved in those organizations. How do I know how effective they are...the smiles on the children they're serving says it all.
So when Viva Guerrero of Balls Without Borders, Rob Uvanovic of America SCORES NY, & Andrew So of South Bronx United accepted a OWF on behalf of their organizations, the only thing I asked from them is have the children they serve to play with the OWF and write about it.
With that said, I have no reservation in endorsing the OWF and it's global impact. In case any of you are wondering, I am not being paid to write this. My motivation behind this is because I want to provoke (yes, I said provoke) change. I want you as soccer fans to get involved.
While I'm not promoting the latest jersey, cleats, team apparel, or alcoholic beverage, I am trying to provoke a soccer difference. As the old saying goes, I'm trying to get the ball rolling. So who's with me?
About One World Futbol
In November 2006, inventor Tim Jahnigen set out to design an inexpensive and ultra-durable soccer ball that could be distributed worldwide to refugee camps, UN hot spots, conflict zones, and poor villages throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. Already, thousands of young people across the planet are experiencing the joy of playing with the all-terrain One World Futbol.
The One World Futbol is now available online at a price comparable to that of standard soccer balls. And for every ball you buy, another ball will be donated to a non-governmental organization working with deserving children, communities, recreation program or soccer teams.
For more information, please go to: www.oneworldfutbol.com
Cesar Diaz covers Soccer for LatinoSports.com. He also writes for 5 Points Press & USSoccerPlayers.com; your source for American Soccer news brought to you by members of the U.S. National Team. Easily accessible, you may reach Cesar at firstname.lastname@example.org and at Twitter at @CoveringSoccer.