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One World Futbol Project Teams with FUNDaFIELD to Deliver Ultra-Durable, All-Terrain Soccer Balls to Swaziland Orphanages and Schools

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For Each of the First 150 Balls Purchased, One World Futbol Project Will Donate Two Balls for Swaziland Orphans Affected by HIV/AIDS

Berkeley, CA—November 3, 2010—One World Futbol Project today announced it has partnered with FUNDaFIELD to deliver the ultra-durable, all-terrain One World Futbol to orphanages and schools in Swaziland.

This December, FUNDaFIELD team members, led by co-founders Kyle and Garrett Weiss, will be part of “Steps over Swaziland” (SOS) a campaign to bring awareness and support to the people of Swaziland. The Weiss brothers will be dribbling One World Futbol soccer balls across Swaziland and will distribute the balls to schools, orphanages and coaches along the way. FUNDaFIELD will also build a soccer field at El Shaddai orphanage and will work with Coaches Across Continents to teach HIV/AIDS awareness to kids through soccer. According to UNICEF, Swaziland has the dubious distinction of having the highest percentage of HIV-positive people in the world.

Get Involved—and Help Swaziland’s Youth

Through One World Futbol Project’s “Give One Get One” model, individuals can get involved and help Swaziland’s youth by:

  • Purchasing a One World Futbol for themselves ($39.50 + shipping) and a second ball will be donated to FUNDaFIELD’s Swaziland project to help Swaziland’s more than 100,000 orphans affected by HIV/AIDS.2
  • Donate the ball they purchase to the cause by selecting the “Give Both” option during the check- out process.

In addition, for each of the first 150 One World Futbols purchased for the Swaziland project, the One World Futbol Project will donate two balls instead of one to FUNDaFIELD’s efforts.

Inspiration Strikes Twice

The ideas behind both One World Futbol Project and FUNDaFIELD came about in 2006. Soccer provided the spark that inspired the beginnings of these two organizations dedicated to helping disadvantaged youth worldwide.

  • In Berkeley, Calif., Tim Jahnigen, an inventor and songwriter, was at home watching a documentary about refugee kids in Darfur. Despite the harsh conditions around them, the children were attempting to play soccer on a rocky field with a makeshift rag ball. He realized that he could create an ultra- durable soccer ball that would never deflate so those kids didn’t have to play with rag balls. At that moment, the idea for the One World Futbol Project was born.
  • At the 2006 World Cup in Germany, teenage brothers Kyle and Garrett Weiss learned about the true importance of soccer to African youth after speaking with African soccer fans. They realized that soccer was more than just a fun game but actually helped build trust and community in war-torn and impoverished areas Inspired, they went home to Danville, Calif. and started FUNDaFIELD, and a nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of less fortunate youth in Africa through sports.

The two organizations began talking about how to work together after Kyle and Garrett heard about the ultra-durable One World Futbol earlier this year. They realized the ball perfectly complemented the work they were doing across Africa.

“Passion for soccer is the thread that holds many people of the world together. When we build a soccer field in an African community, so much more evolves within the community and especially with the children. When you look at their faces, as they stand in their new uniform holding a soccer ball, it is as if they have all the wealth in the world,” said Kyle Weiss, co-founder of FUNDaFIELD. “The One World Futbol helps solve a big problem with traditional soccer balls that puncture and deflate because of the rough landscape the kids use as playing fields. It’s great to be working with the One World Futbol Project to make it easier for kids in Swaziland to play and enjoy soccer.”

“It’s often difficult to take action in the face of the devastation suffered by so many young people in Africa, but making an impact can be as simple as giving these kids an ultra-durable soccer ball that will let them play soccer for as long as they want,” said Tim Jahnigen, co-founder of the One World Futbol Project. “The One World Futbol Project strives to improve the lives of youth and adults in disadvantaged communities by working with organizations like FUNDaFIELD on the ground in war zones, refugee camps, inner cities and impoverished villages around the world. We are thrilled to be working with Kyle and Garrett and their team to help us achieve our goal to deliver one million One World Futbols over the next three years to people in need.”