Football (or soccer if you may) is undoubtedly the one sport that is the most participated and followed in the world. As much as I love football, it should be a more fair and equal place from the grassroots level all the way up to the cathedrals of the game.
Here are a few people and initiatives that are trying combine football and positive social change:
Show Racism The Red Card!
Many legendary players such as Thierry Henry of the New York Red Bulls have supported this campaign to combat racism in football.
Visit the organization’s website: http://www.srtrc.org/
The Craig Bellamy Foundation
Liverpool and Wales star Craig Bellamy did something truly inspirational when he started a foundation that gives life-changing opportunities in education and sport to at-risk children living in Sierra Leone.
Visit Craig’s foundation here: http://www.craigbellamyfoundation.org/
Nike’s Wear (RED) For Africa
Nike and many famous footballers such as Didier Drogba of Chelsea and the Ivory Coast have teamed-up to save lives of those affected by AIDS in Africa. The initiative has saved millions of lives through medicine, testing, counseling and education. Just $0.25 can save someone’s life.
Visit Nike (RED’s) site here: http://www.nike.com/nikefootball/red/home?locale=en_US
Soccer For Hope
Founded in 1998, Soccer For Hope helps less fortunate children in America fight life-threatening diseases. Through private donations, fundraisers and soccer camps – Soccer For Hope helps sick children nationwide.
Visit the Soccer For Hope website here: http://www.soccerforhope.org/soccer/welcome.php
Thanks for your time. I will be adding more causes to this page in the near future. – Sean