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The Jack Brewer Foundation and One World Futbol Project Promote Health and Development in Malawi Through the Power of Sport and Play



JBF Worldwide leads Global Ambassadors delegation and joins forces with One World Futbol Project in various sport for development activities, including the ‘Futbol for All’ Soccer Match hosted by the Joyce Banda Foundation International

Minneapolis, MN – February 12, 2013  The Jack Brewer Foundation (JBF Worldwide) will lead a delegation of Global Ambassadors and economic development partners on their annual trip to Malawi, Africa this week. During the trip, the group will have the opportunity to visit various social initiatives in addition to further exploring economic development opportunities and introducing One World Futbol Project to Malawi.

Since its inception in 2006, JBF Worldwide has been providing tangible opportunities for its Global Ambassadors to be active participants in cultural diversity, peace and social change around the globe, including working closely with the Joyce Banda Foundation International (JBFI) in Malawi to deliver much needed food aid, medical resources and educational support to local communities.

Recent collaborative efforts between JBF Worldwide and One World Futbol Project have resulted in the donation of more than 11,000 virtually indestructible soccer balls (futbols) to be distributed to organizations and youth throughout the country during and after this visit.

JBF Worldwide Founder and Executive Director and former National Football League (NFL) player Jack Brewer will be joined by a delegation of supporters including 10-year NFL veteran and 2007 AFC Wild Card Champion Drayton Florence of the Detroit Lions as well as multiple executives from One World Futbol Project, Panexus Haiti SA, HT360 Foundation and Veerhouse Voda.

“I’m deeply humbled to be able to bring so many resources to my African home as I’ve worked tirelessly over the past six years to help bring economic opportunities to the beautiful people of Malawi,” said Jack Brewer. “President Banda is my biggest mentor and role model and I thrive off her continued passion to help end extreme poverty. This trip will not only focus on bringing aid to Malawi, but our goal is to also bring real business opportunities that can add to the economic development of the country.”

One of the key highlights of the trip is the Futbol for All soccer match, taking place in Blantyre, Malawi at 1:30pm on February 16 at Kamuzu Stadium, sponsored by One World Futbol Project and JBF Worldwide. In partnership with the Joyce Banda Foundation International, the event will feature JBF’s Global Ambassadors as well as government officials participating in a friendly soccer match against youth in Malawi. The delegation will also be distributing Chevrolet-sponsored One World Futbols to the youth present at the game as well as coordinating distributions to many different organizations throughout the country. The virtually-indestructible One World Futbol never needs a pump and never deflates even when punctured, making it ideal for play in all types of terrain and harsh environments. In addition, soccer cleats contributed by Give N Go Project will be distributed at the event to participating youth.

“We at One World Futbol Project are tremendously excited at the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of youth in Malawi through the distribution of Chevrolet-sponsored One World Futbols to community organizations – and we are grateful for the support of H.E. President Joyce Banda as well as Jack Brewer and JBF Worldwide in making this possible,” said Eric Frothingham, chief business officer for One World Futbol Project. “We hope that this is the first of several distributions of donated balls that we will do in Malawi – and one of many that we will continue to do in countries around the world in the coming years.”

On the trip, the delegation will also meet with Ambassador Jackson and the USAID Mission in Lilongwe as well as various ministries in the Malawi government to discuss strategies for furthering economic development throughout the country. The delegation will be present as the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) signs an Economic Expansion Grant with members of the Bvumbwe Dairy Farmers Cooperative Society as a part of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative. Additionally, they will visit some of JBF-JBFI’s local orphan care centers including the Malnutrition and Food Security Center in Domasi as well as help distribute some of the 300,000 meals that JBF Worldwide recently sent to Malawi in partnership with Outreach, Inc. and make a stop at Queen Elizabeth Hospital to see the recipient of JBF Worldwide and Doc2Doc’s recent $500,000 medical supply donation.

Malawi is one of many Global Ambassadors Trips, supporting the Sport for Development program. JBF Worldwide Global Ambassadors recently returned from a successful trip promoting American football and cultural exchange in China. In the coming months, JBF Worldwide will be heading to Mexico and Haiti with various partners and current and former professional athletes to focus on sport for development and other initiatives, including education, medical aid, food security, violence prevention and road safety.