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February 2013

Charity Ball World Tour: Vietnam Update

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Big Thanks to Tom Bearor, Emily Wood and Jackie Faryniarz for the leadership they’re bringing to the 2013 Charity Ball World Tour!

If you’ve been reading the Charity Ball Blog lately, you know that these guys have been on a ship the last several weeks visiting countries and hand delivering Charity Balls to kids in Asia. They are doing an amazing job. Tom just emailed me some pictures and a way-cool report from Vietnam. Check it out!

The ball deliveries have taught me more than I would have ever expected. Even at the age of 20, I am still learning about giving. Nay, I am still learning about the power of giving. Just like Ethan realized after gifting his first soccer ball, I am realizing the joy a ball can bring children. I had traveled before this trip, but never realized the power a gift as simple as a soccer ball can bring children. I am learning that a soccer ball brings more to children than a smile on their faces, or a ball to their home. A ball brings with it a world of new adventure, building of friendships in matches and passing games, and solitude in improving their skills, individually.

The gifting of balls has been nothing short of fantastic. Besides better teaching me the power of giving, we have been able to give children a smile that can last time and time again. A soccer ball will not leave them when I do, but will stay as a gift that keeps on giving. For example, after gifting balls to a group of local children and continuing my journey down the Mekong Delta, in Vietnam, I was pleased to see on my way back that hours after I had left, children were still outside playing.

Thank you, Ethan. Thank you for giving me this opportunity, and for making it possible for over 500 children to share in the love of the game of soccer. Every kid deserves a ball.

Tom, thanks for what you’re doing! -E

Beyond Your Intentions

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We’ve been talking about intentions lately at the King house. As a matter of fact this blog post is a result of some conversation around the table.

Everybody has good intentions from time to time. But what is the point in having a good intention if you never do anything about it?

When it comes to soccer, I spend a lot of time thinking about how to improve my game. After training sessions, I take time to evaluate my play. I write down the things I did well and things that need work. My intention is always to do something about the things that need work and get better. However, I’ve discovered that good intentions aren’t good enough. If I’m going to get better, I’ve got to move. I’ve got to practice. I’ve got to train. I’ve got to “do.” Intention without action is nothing. If I’m going to get better, I’ve got to act.

I’ve learned that it works the same way with Charity Ball. There millions of impoverished kids out there who would love to have their own soccer ball, but will never get one because of where they live. I can spend my entire life intending to do something about it, but unless I act, nothing will happen. I’ve got to get beyond my intentions.

Charity Ball started a few years ago with a simple act of giving away a soccer ball to kids in Africa. It really wasn’t a big deal. It was kind of a small deal. Through the process I’ve learned that a small act of kindness is more powerful then the greatest intention. One small act of kindness can change the entire world – for a kid, a family a village, maybe even a country. Imagine what several small acts of kindness could do.

If you read this blog, chances are good you love the Beautiful Game and have intentions to share it with others. Cool! Let me challenge you to get beyond your intentions and do something about it.

Want to help us share the Beautiful Game? Here are 10 small things you can do:

1. Follow @charityballnews on Twitter
2. Donate a tweet or retweet to help spread the word
3. Put a Charity Ball logo on your website, blog or facebook page (download a logo)
4. Get 25 of your friends to donate $1 and buy a new ball for a kid
5. Download a Charity Ball flyer from the footer and post at your school, work or soccer complex
6. Make a phone call to your local soccer shop and ask them if they would be willing to help promote the project or donate new balls
7. Collect soda cans or bottles and donate the return money
8. Get a Charity Ball T-shirt or patch and represent
9. Start a Charity Ball team at your club, school or business
10. Shoot a Charity Ball promo vid with your team or friends on your smart phone and load it to YouTube

Want to do something bigger like organize a tournament, become a corporate sponsor or donate massive amounts of money, drop me a note.

Thanks for caring.

Freestyle Soccer: São Paulo

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At Charity Ball, we appreciate all the cool ways a soccer ball can unlock creativity. This little vid is a compilation of some of the smoothest (soccer artists) freestylers in São Paulo, Brazil. If you’re looking for motivation, here it is.