About GRASSROOT SOCCER
Grassroot Soccer is an adolescent health organization that leverages the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize youth in developing countries to overcome their greatest health challenges, live healthier, more productive lives, and be agents for change in their communities.
Adolescents are being left behind in the fight against disease and other critical health challenges. Unlike childhood mortality which has improved 80% in the past 50 years, adolescent mortality hasn’t budged. Preventable diseases like HIV, and complications from pregnancies continue to be the leading causes of death among adolescents. There is a tremendous opportunity to improve the world’s health by promoting healthy practices during adolescence, and taking steps to better protect young people from health risks.
Soccer is the world’s most played sport and the world’s most watched sport. Travel to almost anywhere in the world, and you will see people, often youth, kicking a ball. Revered Zambian soccer commentator Dennis Liwewe once said “Football is religion here.” By using a soccer-based structure and curriculum, our Coaches build trust, engage youth in activity-based learning, and create safe spaces where young people feel comfortable asking questions, sharing opinions, and supporting their teammates. Importantly, soccer is fun, and our programs create an environment where learning is not a spectator sport. We use the power of soccer to build confidence and resilience in young people so that they can take control of their lives and health, on the field and off.
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Play Proud is an initiative led by streetfootballworld, a global network of soccer-based organizations who are using the world’s most beloved sport as a force for good. The problem is clear - fewer than 20% of LGBTQ+ youth in the United States participate in organized sports. Of those who do choose to participate, 4 out of 5 LGBTQ+ youth athletes are not open about their sexual orientation to their coaches & teammates. Sporting environments are often a setting where discrimination is magnified; places that should create team cohesion are spaces of discrimination and exclusion for LGBTQ+ youth. From the locker rooms to the fields, homophobic rhetoric has made too many young people feel their only option is to be silent. Play Proud is working to make the sporting world a better place for LGBTQ+ youth, using a coach-centred approach.
This year alone, Play Proud is training over 25 coaches and program managers from 12 soccer-based organizations in 12 different underserved communities. Our mission is to jointly implement a gender-sensitive approach that reaches over 2,000 beneficiaries from some of the most underserved areas across Canada, Mexico, The United States, Haiti and St Lucia.
We believe: everyone deserves a spot on the field.
And every day, we work to make this a reality.
Play Proud Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjbwQPdYFq8