Last week I attended an event held by Street Football World at the UCLA Anderson School of Business concerning the use of soccer for good and all the organizations rallying around the concept of soccer being used as a universal language to improve wellbeing around the globe. Street Football World is the world’s largest non-profit in the soccer for good movement that aims to improve societies around the world by encouraging unity through soccer and helping kids realize and achieve their dreams. Themselves and partners have given rise to programs in 79 countries that reach over two-million impoverished children annually. Members of the panel, including Manchester United’s Juan Mata, spoke about the power of soccer as a force for change among the two billion people that follow it and how we can mobilize such a large audience to support our message of global social change. Listening to the insight and experience of the panel at hand, including the Street Football founder Jurgen Griesbeck himself, has given me an extra boost in morale as we approach our own programs beginning in August.
This year RUFC has a wonderful group of enthusiastic volunteers who will be delivering health and leadership education to the students attending #RUFCCamp17, by far the largest group of volunteers to date. The lessons they will be teaching have been remade as new, engaging activities. They are all learner-centered and game-based. New as well as old partners will also be assisting us to deliver soccer training to all 1,000 awaiting players. Each participant will be receiving awards for completing the lessons, as well as the the traditional RUFC gift bag filled with shirts, pencils, and workbooks to use during and following the program. Moreover, thanks to Albion San Diego, we will also outfit over 25 teams on the final day of camp for our annual #RUFCTournament. We are all very excited to see how our new and improved camp will run and I look forward to bringing you good news when #RUFCCamp17 is all said and done. Be sure to follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat!!
Ray Wipfli, RUFC founder, shares his thoughts.