The Unequal Competition in the Women’s World Cup

The Unequal Competition in the Women’s World Cup

While the Team USA women are fighting a legal battle against U.S. Soccer for equal pay and equal resources, many countries competing in the Women’s World Cup are fighting for any kind of pay at all. Countries like Thailand, South Africa, Jamaica, Nigeria, and Argentina are all playing soccer for virtually nothing. Jamaica's team is the first from the Caribbean to ever qualify for a Women's World Cup. Singer and daughter of Bob Marley, Cedella Marley has been fundraising for the team to cover basic expenses to just get to the World Cup. When asked by the NY Times what their families think of their professional soccer dreams, Ali Riley, a New Zealand defender summed it up, “Proud, but unsure if it is economically viable.” Daniela Pardo, a Chile midfielder has two jobs and goes to school on top of playing professional soccer. The Numbers While Team USA’s women can in some cases make about $300,000 a year playing soccer professionally,...
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Getting Girls Off the Sidelines and Into the Game

Getting Girls Off the Sidelines and Into the Game

Photo from OSEG Foundation. If you were at TD Place in Ottawa on April 29 this year, you were treated to a historic sight. The venue welcomed St. Mark High School’s all girls tackle football team for a game - the first all-girls tackle football game in Canada’s history. The girls from St. Mark High School formed the first ever all girls high school tackle football team in Ottawa. It started after several students at the school approached the football coach and asked why the boys got to have a team while the girls didn’t. The coach told them they could start a team but they needed team members- just hours later, nearly 100 girls had signed up. After regular practices and training, they got the opportunity to play against each other at TD Place thanks to the OSEG Foundation. TD Place is part of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, a community hub which includes retail, commercial, and residential...
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What We Learned from The Atlantic’s Athletes + Activism Event

What We Learned from The Atlantic’s Athletes + Activism Event

We had the opportunity to attend The Atlantic’s Athletes + Activism summit in Washington, D.C. on May 30th. The event was held at the Entertainment and Sports Arena, the brand new home for the Washington Mystics in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Ward 8. The event featured speakers like Olympic Bronze Medalist in Fencing Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic Gold Medalist and World Cup Champion US Women’s Soccer star Briana Scurry, Olympic Bronze Medalist, Author and Civil Rights icon Dr. John Carlos, Former NFL Player, Author and Founder of The Imagination Agency Martellus Bennett, and many more. The Atlantic’s Jemele Hill moderated the panels and the entire Washington Mystics team was in attendance, with stars Kristi Toliver and Natasha Cloud both speaking during the event as well.   The Atlantic's Jemele Hill speaks to Olympic Bronze Medalist, Author and Civil Rights Icon Dr. John Carlos and Curator of Sports at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Damion Thomas. Here...
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May 2019 Sports Philanthropy Round Up

May 2019 Sports Philanthropy Round Up

MLB Ryan Zimmerman hosts 10th annual ‘A Night At The Park’ to find cure for MS Aaron Judge, Michael Strahan, and Sports Stars Play in CC Sabathia's Charity Softball Game Corey Kluber's K's For Kids Cardinals Care donates to 59 local nonprofit groups Sport for Development Spotlighting the ‘Abilities’ in ‘Disabilities’ Native American women run to strengthen and heal their communities Women fight against prejudice on an extraordinary weekend for sport Sports tourism: Finding the leverage with social impact Social Enterprise Assist launched Inside the story: The Merger - a sports film as a vehicle for social change Team Up Houston introduces at-risk youth to off-field sports careers NFL aims to transform London lives through sport 21by21 initiative aims to train sport coaches with mental health skills WHO launches Sports for Health initiative in 5 Egyptian universities Privately funded sport facilities fill gap in post-quake Christchurch Getting the ‘Development’ Right in Sport for Development MISSION SA: Wounded warriors rebuild brotherhood, heal together through adaptive sports Equal Playing Field Initiative Is Empowering Women In Sports -- One World Record At...
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How a Soccer Ball Can Change the World

How a Soccer Ball Can Change the World

Here in the US many of us see sports philanthropy as sports stars or organizations giving back to causes that matter to them. While that is a big part of things, there is another part that is much more grassroots. We spoke to Kalekeni Banda about Banda Bola Sports Foundation, an organization he created to encourage young people in Malawi go to school. The foundation is classified as a sport for development organization, meaning they use sport as a tool to create change in communities. Banda spoke to us about how the power of sports has impacted the lives of the children he serves. Using Soccer to Create Banda Bola Sports Foundation Photo Courtesy of Banda Bola Sports Foundation Starting Banda Bola Sports Foundation wasn’t always in the cards for Banda. He was born in rural Chituka Village in Malawi, and moved to the US at a young age. He has been coaching soccer here in the US from the youth, club and...
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