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Grassroot Soccer, which uses the power of soccer to fight HIV, is eligible to win up to $500,000 in the Chase Community Giving program by being one of the Top 25 vote-getting charities in their Facebook challenge. GRS is the only charity in the contest using soccer as a tool for transforming lives.
In addition, a generous donor has pledged to donate $1 to GRS for every vote we receive. We need your vote to win! It’s simple and easy to vote for GRS online if you use Facebook. What would GRS do with $500k from Chase? We’d give more girls in the poorest areas of the world the chance to play soccer and learn HIV prevention and life skills.
Please go online today, vote, share on your profile, share the video, and email your friends and family and ask them to vote too. Remember, 1 minute of your time to vote means $1 towards our fight to stop HIV.
VOTING ENDS MAY 25th, so please vote today!
Thank you for your support of Grassroot Soccer.
Thomas S Clark
Tomorrow morning (Thursday April 22) I’ll be speaking on a panel at the Urban Soccer Symposium in Washington DC. We’ll be discussing the role quantifiable, objective soccer metrics and quality standards play in helping socially oriented soccer organizations achieve their goals. Through our partnership with America SCORES we have witnessed the impact first hand and look forward to working with other organizations that use soccer to improve lives.
Here is the full session description.
Program Quality Standards : The Components of “Healthy” Youth Development Programs
Measureable positive results are essential to the development of a strong program. It is also the key to sustainable funding. In order to achieve both of these goals, certain quality standards must be in place. In this session, you will learn what those are and how to assess/improve your programs.
Nelda Brown, Academy For Educational Development (AED), Center on Youth Development and Engagement
iSoccer is excited to be working with America SCORES New York again, this time to help raise money. We are sponsoring the “America SCORES Skills Challenge powered by iSoccer” on Saturday December 12. See below or click on the image to the left for more details. If you live in the New York City area we invite you to come out. All ages and skill levels are welcome. If you are not in the area but have not yet signed up for an online iSoccer membership now is a great time. The majority of your purchase will go directly to support America SCORES. Be sure to use the dedicated America SCORES New York fundraising page when you register (fundraising page).
Event Description: Test your skills and support a great cause! iSoccer is powering the “America SCORES Skills Challenge” fundraiser on December 12 from 2-4pm. To get the details and register for the event online click the link below.
If you can’t make it to New York but still want to support America SCORES you can purchase an iSoccer membership for the regular price ($14.99) and iSoccer will donate $10 of it to America SCORES. To do this, simply register and pay through the following link:
We hope to see you at the Skills Challenge and on iSoccer. Spread the word!
The iSoccer Team
iSoccer is working with America Scores New York to teach the fundamentals of soccer to inner-city youth. America Scores is a great organization that combines poetry and soccer to help kids make safe, healthy, and productive choices; we’re very excited to help support their mission.
The mission of America SCORES New York is to empower students in urban communities using soccer, writing, creative expression, and service-learning. With teamwork as the unifying value, America SCORES New York inspires youth to lead healthy lifestyles, be engaged students, and become agents of change in their communities. To accomplish this, we are currently working with 220 public school students and 32 public school teachers in Central Harlem and Washington Heights.
Thursdays are game days. Here are a few pictures from last week.
Today is Blog Action Day 2009, a global event that mobilizes bloggers around the world to focus on an issue that impacts everyone, Climate Change. In honor of the theme I asked Chicago Red Stars defender Natalie Spilger to tell us a little more about her organization, GreenLaces, and how she is working with professional athletes to raise environmental awareness. Hopefully all of us in the soccer community can follow her lead and make some small changes to make a big difference.
Hi Natalie, congrats on the success you’re having on and off the field. What exactly is GreenLaces?
Natalie: GreenLaces is an environmental nonprofit that fuses athletics with the environment. GreenLaces activates the global athletic community (including fans) to improve our planet by inspiring personal action, connecting environmental stewards and educating our youth.
How many professional athletes, specifically soccer players, have made environmental commitments?
Natalie: Our numbers are rough, because we are always finding out about athletes that have joined our movement, but I would say that we have over 500 professional and Olympic athletes. Notable athletes are the NFL’s Dhani Jones and Joey Porter, Softball’s Cat Osterman and many WPS players. Hope Solo was even in Glamour Magazine last April representing us. From the men’s side, Alecko Escandarian and a few other MLS guys are supportive. You can check out our athletes here.
From a non-professional level, we have a lot of involvement as well. Just this month, on October 10th, all of the top business schools in Europe got together in Madrid and Jeremy Melul from IE hosted a “GreenLaces Cup” soccer tournament. Really cool.
Why do you think athletics, or soccer specifically, can be a vehicle to help the environment?
Natalie: Well, athletics is key to solving the pressing issue of climate change. For one, athletics, especially soccer, is a timeless social unifier that connects cultures and countries across the globe. On top of that, athletes are celebrated icons locally and globally. We can leverage their iconic power to go beyond advertising their sponsors to start advocating their environmental values.
Secondly, athletes know how to team up, set goals and reach victories. These valuable traits can go extremely far in working together for a greater cause.
Lastly, athletes need a clean planet to perform. We need green, grassy fields, nutritious foods, clean water and clean air to reach our optimum performance. So it is imperative as athletes that we help keep our planet healthy.
How can someone get involved if they want to show their support?
Natalie: That is a GREAT question with an incredibly easy answer. People can join the “GreenLaces Movement” by …
What promises have you made so far? What are some other common promises if someone is looking for simple ways they can start making a difference?
Natalie: I make mini-promises every day, but my main promise is to never use another plastic water bottle again (GreenLaces’ Promise numero uno). This is HUGE for athletes because we need to hydrate, and we can consciously chose a “green” option of bringing our re-usable bottles. People do not realize how bad plastic really is. It is not even really recycled – it is “downcycled.” This means that it can only be recycled a certain number of times before it loses it strength and ends up in the trash. Plastic is BAD. More recently I have decided to avoid lids and straws (meaningless plastic things). More importantly Abe, what is YOUR promise going to be?
Abe: Good question Natalie, here goes: GreenLaces Promise # 739 (right after Joey Porter)
I, Abe Geiger, promise to:
1) turn off the water when I brush my teeth
2) refill my nalgene bottle instead of buying bottled water 3) switch to paperless billing
Ok you got my promise, now as soon as you’re healthy again I want to see your iSoccer Level. Deal?
Natalie: You got it. Should be fun!
Thanks again for talking with me Natalie. Best of luck with GreenLaces and the upcoming season. It’s great to see you leveraging the influence of sports to make a positive impact.