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Frequently Asked Questions

One World Play Project

Q: What is One World Play Project?

A: One World Play Project is a social impact company that creates ultra-durable products to enable play for all. Our flagship product, the One World Futbol, never needs a pump and never goes flat. Collaborating with sponsors, organizations and individuals, One World Play Project has brought the power of play to an estimated 60 million youth in 185 countries worldwide. We are a California Benefit Corporation, harnessing the power of business for social good. One World Play Project is based in Berkeley, CA.

Q: What is the mission of One World Play Project?

A: Our mission is to champion play in all its forms, anywhere and everywhere. As of May 2018, we have brought the power of play to an estimated 60 million children in 185 countries.

Q: How can I get involved with One World Play Project?

A: There are a number of ways you can get involved! Purchase a ball, buy merchandise, become a sponsor, start a campaign, support one of our growing network of partner organizations, share your story, tell your friends, family and colleagues about One World Play Project on your social networks (such as Facebook and Twitter) and more. We’d love to hear from you!

Why a Ball?

Q: Why a ball? Why is a ball important?

A: Our journey at One World Play Project started with a simple concept: A ball—the One World Futbol. One World Play Project founder Tim Jahnigen was inspired to create an ultra-durable ball after watching news footage of kids in Darfur playing a soccer game using a ball of trash tied up with twine. At that moment, he realized that these children deserved better and that he could develop a ball that could withstand the harsh conditions faced by youth living in refugee camps, disaster areas and other disadvantaged communities.

For decades, UNICEF, the U.N. Refugee Agency, as well as private non-profit organizations working in war zones, refugee camps and impoverished communities throughout the world, have observed children finding their own ways to play games, especially soccer, with rag balls, cans, and rocks. For these youth, play is an important part of healing, recovery and healthy development. Many organizations use sport and play to teach life skills and empower youth living in disadvantaged communities. Through the ball and our sponsors, global network of partner organizations, and individuals, One World Play Project has impacted more than 45 million children worldwide.

Q: Why is play important for children?

A: Research has shown that play is critical to the healthy physical, social and emotional development of children–especially those living in disadvantaged communities. We believe play is a need as important as food, water, shelter and medicine. Play enables hope, optimism and opportunity. One World Play Project is focused on making a positive impact by bringing the transformative power of play to kids around the world.

Our Impact

Q: One World Play Project is a Benefit Corporation. What is a Benefit Corporation?

A: One World Play Project is a California Benefit Corporation, a specially-designed corporate form designed for social enterprises to pursue both for-profit and social impact objectives. In other words, One World Play Project is designed to make a profit but not at the expense of the people who work for it, the communities where we operate or the natural environment. We are focused on harnessing the power of business for social good. Read our 2017 Benefit Report for Shareholders.

Q: How does One World Play Project give back?

A: One World Play Project gives 5% of all our ecommerce sales to provide play resources to organizations and programs that use play and sport to work with youth living in disadvantaged communities worldwide. We also enable individuals to support our partner organizations by giving a ball for $25 through our website or by providing tax-deductible donations through a special project fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation. In addition, corporations can get involved through sponsorships and bulk donations.

Q: Where do you take the 5% from?

A: The 5% comes from our ecommerce sales, which includes individual and bulk sales from our website along with Amazon sales in the U.S. and Europe. We give 5% of the sale price, before taxes and shipping.

Q: What is the 5% used for? Who does my purchase help?

A: The funds raised through the 5% will go towards play resources for our partners on the ground. Currently, we’re working with partners who are focused on three different issues:

  • Sport for Development (e.g., The Sanneh Foundation, Coaches Across Continents)
  • Refugee Youth (e.g., International Medical Corps)
  • Disaster Relief and Recovery (e.g., Save the Children)

Q: How do you choose where the 5% goes?

A: We have an internal vetting process for any organization we work with to ensure that the donations (whether balls or funds) are used appropriately and effectively. When selecting partners, we look for programs that impact communities with the greatest need and make play accessible to all – regardless of gender, race, political or religious affiliation. For more information about how we give, visit our impact page.

Q: Can I give a ball directly to an organization?

A: You can give a ball for $25 directly to an organization through our “Campaigns” program (See all campaigns). With our “Give One” program, you can also give a ball to support specific initiatives through One World Play Project’s partners. Current initiatives include programs for disaster relief and recovery, refugee youth and sport for development.

Q: Do I get a tax write off by giving a ball or purchasing a ball?

A: One World Play Project, Inc. is a California Benefit Corporate. We use the power of business for social good. We are not a 501(c)3 non-profit organization so balls or funds given through purchases by customers are not tax-deductible.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to support One World Play Project’s partners, you can do so through a special project fund we have set up with Silicon Valley Community Foundation. More information can be found here.

The One World Futbol

Q: What is the One World Futbol made of?

A: The One World Futbol is made from unique (proprietary) cross-linked closed cell foam that enables the ball to withstand harsh environments without wearing out.

Q: How are One World Futbols manufactured?

A: The One World Futbol uses proprietary designs, engineering, materials and processes. Though made through a form of injection molding, the machines are highly-specialized and require stabilized infrastructure and technical support.

Q: Is the One World Futbol suitable for use by pets?

A: The One World Futbol was designed for play by humans. Although many customers have used the ball as a pet toy and teeth punctures do not damage it, it can be chewed apart by a determined animal. If you allow your pet to play with the ball, we recommend that you supervise the play to prevent irreparable damage to the ball and to prevent your animal from swallowing a piece of the ball.

Q: Can the One World Futbol be flattened for easier shipment?

A: The One World Futbol is not actually inflated and, therefore, cannot be deflated. Flattening the ball for any period of time is not recommended since it may become misshapen. We recommend that the balls be shipped in their box or transported in bulk in large duffel bags.

Q: What are the weight and dimensions of the One World Futbol?

Each One World Futbol varies in size.
– The size 1 weighs 4.7oz/135g and is 5.8in/148mm in diameter.
– The youth size 4 weighs 12oz/342g and is 8.25in/204mm in diameter.
– The adult size 5 weighs 15oz/426g and is 8.75in/221mm in diameter.

Q: Where can the One World Futbol be purchased?

A: Currently, the One World Futbol is available for sale online at our website, One World Play Project also sells the One World Futbol on some online marketplaces, including Amazon, as well as directly to institutions and non-profit organizations that distribute balls to disadvantaged communities around the world, such as refugee camps, conflict zones, disaster areas and inner cities. Please sign up on our Facebook page for updates, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and check our website periodically to learn the latest on One World Play Project. You can also see the impact of the power of play in our Impact Videos and by reading our Impact Stories.

Q: What is the warranty on the ball?

A: We guarantee satisfaction. You may return your ball within 30 days of purchase for a replacement ball or your money back. If, within one year of purchase, your One World Futbol becomes unplayable in the course of normal wear and tear in recreational use by people, we will replace the ball. Please email us with photos of the damaged ball with a description of the damage, the terrain on which it was used and the act that caused the damage, if any.

One World Futbols are sometimes purchased as toys for pets, but the futbols were not designed for animal play. We recommend supervised play and we cannot replace a ball damaged by a pet.

Q: What is your return policy?

A:We guarantee satisfaction. You may return your order within 30 days of purchase for a return or exchange. All items must be returned in saleable condition, unless the reason for return is because of a defect in the ball.

You may exchange postcard and poster orders under the following circumstances:

  • Order is damaged*
  • Order was not as expected or pictured

Shipping on returns and exchanges is not prepaid. We will deduct shipping from your refund if you choose to return your purchase.

*If your order arrives damaged, please email us with photos and a description of the damage and we will replace your order at no cost to you.