100 Soccer Balls
100 Soccer Balls is a grassroots campaign to provide inner city kids with free soccer balls & equipment!
How Many ⚽?
Help us give away 100+ Soccer Balls, shoes, shorts & other prizes to community children, watch some demonstrations and a participate Youth Soccer Tournament!
We began our campaign on Sunday July 30th 2017 at the BYOD (Bring Your Own Drums) event in Central Park and gave away our first 11 soccer balls to community children and family members. We are asking for new and gently used soccer balls, shoes of all youth sizes & soccer shorts to be donated and given away at the end of August.
Our #100SoccerBalls will finish on Aug 26th at our Family Fun Day at the U of RecPlex (the new soccer building beside the university of Winnipeg).
DROP OFF LOCATIONS
The 100 Soccer Balls campaign is based on the very successful 100 Basketballs annual campaign initiated by Lenard Monkman and in 2017 celebrating its 3rd annual campaign!
100 Soccer Balls began in the summer of 2017 when Chris Clacio of AYO! was inspired to bring together a diverse collection of groups individuals and organizations
As we began to pull the 100 Soccer Balls coalition together, members of the Winnipeg community heard of our plans (on Twitter) and donated our first 30 balls (thanks Jordan & Heather). Not only did we bring soccer groups (Manitoba Soccer Assocation, Winnipeg Youth Soccer, St Charles Soccer Association) we were also able to bring together indigenous and newcomer groups (AYO/Ma Mawi & Immigration Partnership Winnipeg/IRCOM).
One of the unintended awesome partnerships that has developed has been one that reaches across the city to Glenlawn Collegiate and Dakota Community Centre. Our kick off event (get it haha) was at Central Park field at a drumming event intended t bring different cultures together through music.
We have 2 major events planned (see above) and are looking forward to welcoming more partners, more drop off locations and more helpers/entertainers/support for our Family Fun Day!
Check out ALL our posters here:
Thank you in advance to our amazing partners and the community in Winnipeg for making our inaugural campaign a (so far) success!