They’re back, and determined to provide the third world with soccer balls built to last a lifetime. At the 2010 FIFA World Cup the One World Futbol Project originally debuted. As we await the 2014 World Cup kick off in June, the founder of the project Tim Jahnigen is back, hoping to vastly increase the reach of the project in this new year of increased social interaction, and fan involvement. Recently backed by famous singer and songwriter Sting, the project has gained a notable amount of positive publicity and continues to grow, changing the lives of millions of soccer fans in undeveloped nations.
Soccer is by long and far the most popular sport in the world, in terms of televised view and the number of amateur players. It is typically an easily accessible sport because of the minimal equipment needed, simply a soccer ball with which to play. Apart from the ball, all other materials (goal, field) can be created through makeshift methods available to everyone in the world. Growing up in America, soccer balls have always appeared to me as a simple commodity, like a basketball, that someone will always have in working order. However for those in undeveloped nations, a soccer ball becomes a much more valuable asset. Founder Tim Jahnigan created the program after witnessing a documentary on children in these undeveloped nations who did not have the opportunity even to play soccer, Tim explains, “In 2006 I saw this heartbreaking news story about the plight of children in Darfur. They were playing soccer on dirt with a ball they had made by tying trash together with twine.”.
As of now there are more than 20 million deflated soccer balls disposed of in Africa on an annual basis. Many of these are shared by countless numbers of kids and villages, and without them children are deprived of their favorite form of entertainment and an important team building exercise that promotes good behaviors and can keep them out of trouble. The One World Futbol Project has created a ball made of “cross linked closed cell foam” more easily defined as the material that composes a surfers wet suit. These new soccer balls have been advertised as nearly indestructible and will be sure to outlast the typical soccer ball by twenty, maybe thirty years while performing at a high caliber for the entirety of the product life.As the 2014 World Cup approaches, FIFA and the One Word Project will donate one of their indestructible soccer balls for ever ball that is purchased by cup goers. With 3 million tickets currently on sale, and the incredible reach of the events publicity, you can be sure over 1 million indestructible soccer balls will find their way to a new home this summer. The One World Futbol project has the ability to touch the lives of millions simply by spreading the pure joy that only sport can provide.So go out and buy a soccer ball this season!