Soccer Love: Mozambique Ball Deliveries

By Ball Deliveries

This past week my dad and his team partnered up with Drop4Drop from the UK and began a 30 well restoration project in Northern Mozambique.

They also brought along some soccer balls and were able to surprise a few kids.

Just wanted to say a quick thanks to all of you for your ongoing support and helping spread the soccer love one ball at a time.

Ethan King

By: Ethan King, Team Charity Ball

Hope Rising in Kenya

By Ball Deliveries

Over the holidays, Margaret Mongare, a student at Stanford University, delivered soccer balls on behalf of Charity Ball to the Hope Raisers Football Association at the Baba Dogo primary school in Nairobi, Kenya. The school provides free primary level education to children from the slum neighborhoods that encompass the school. Most individuals living there earn less than a dollar a day; gangs and drugs are prevalent due to a lack of proper peer support and mentorship. The school has a football field where students practice soccer.

Margaret said, “Meeting the kids was amazing and it reminded me how we should never take for granted mentoring kids growing up in poverty. An interaction can inspire someone, and a piece of advice can light up their path.” She went on to say, “We can forget that we still have a lot to offer others in terms of our time and intellectual resource,”  and that it’s the people who work hard and who live with courage and hope that really do change the world. We couldn’t agree more!

Margaret has worked with this community for the past 6 years and hopes that the new Charity Balls can contribute towards making the world a better place for the kids in the area.

Charity Ball sends it special thanks to Margaret for her outstanding work and contribution. Because of her efforts, children in poverty now have a reason to dream big.

Charity Ball Welcomes Hutt Trucking

By Get Involved, Media, News

Charity Ball is proud to welcome Hutt Trucking as a 2017 corporate sponsor.

Located in Holland, Michigan Hutt Trucking specializes in supply chain services—offering trucking, deep frozen warehousing, and third-party logistics services.

“Mr. Hutt is a great business man and person. He cares about people and wants to leverage his business to make a difference. We’re excited to have Hutt Trucking on board for 2017 and look forward to developing our relationship even more in the future.”

-Ethan King, Charity Ball Founder

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Gaming For Change

By Uncategorized

Sports have always provided Michael Bush & Jack Wilson of South Lakes High School, in Reston, VA great memories and experiences that have helped to shape their lives. So when it came time for both to pick a project for their MYP (Middle Years Project), the Charity Ball was a natural fit. Bush is a member of the BRYC Elite Soccer Club and Wilson plays for South Lake’s basketball and lacrosse teams. Both are also active video game players. Having seen the success South Lakes junior Bardia Kimiavi had in raising money for the Charity Ball last year through a video game tournament, Bush & Wilson jumped at the chance to continue the tradition.

“Bardia showed us the ropes, and we made it a goal to exceed last year’s total of $500” Bush said. “We have a real competitive group in the junior and sophomore classes, which helped in getting entrants” said Wilson. The two decided on holding both a FIFA and 2k tournament that raised $850 and saw participants ranging from freshman to alumni. “It feels good to give soccer players from parts of the world that don’t have the opportunities we have been provided a chance to play the game they love” Bush said. “There were some close games and the rooms got hyped, you really felt the sense of community” said Wilson. For Jon McNamara, the South Lakes teacher who supervised the tournament, that was the most powerful part. “As I watched one of the games that went to overtime, I realized we had seven years of students together in one room for a great cause. Our school is built off community and the theme once a Seahawk, always a Seahawk and I really felt that brotherhood that day”.  Towards the end of the day Wilson said a few freshman came up to him wondering if they could continue the tournament next year for their MYP. “It looks like charity video game tournament is here to stay” he said.  “It feels great to tie in two big parts of our life, sports and gaming and help out people at the same time”. It’s clear the partnership with Charity Ball has helped out some deserving kids and provided some new memories for these two student athletes.

Huge thanks to Michael and Jack for using what you love to do to make a difference!

Charity Ball Cyber Monday

By News

Don’t miss the Cyber Monday & Tuesday Sale! All Charity Ball T-Shirts and Scarves will all be 25% off through 11:59 pm on Tuesday, November 29. Use the Promo Code: STUFFED to receive your discount at checkout. Happy shopping!

How to Enjoy a 0-0 Game

By Soccer Culture

Before I get too into this enthralling topic I would like to thank Manchester United Football Club and their enigmatic manager, Jose Mourinho, for the inspiration. With the source of this article clearly defined, I can say that it is very difficult to enjoy a game like the one we saw on Monday between Liverpool and Man U.

Personally, I was a Jose Mourinho fan when he was at Chelsea the first time, and a little bit less during his second spell. This is mainly because he is afraid of nobody, and is not afraid to speak his mind to the press, or poke fun at an opposing manager, *cough* Arsene Wenger *cough*. That being said, he seems to have turned up his trash talk now that he is Manchester and turned down his desire to play attacking football. At any previous club he has managed he was known for parking the bus on occasion, and it is typically effective at killing the game.

That is what made Monday such a sad game. Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp have been one of the most dynamically scoring teams in the Premier League since his arrival, and with Man U assembling the most expensive team of stars IN THE LEAGUES HISTORY it was a mouthwatering match up. So when Jose parked the most expensive bus in England in front of their goal at Anfield you could feel the disappointment. The drab game finished 0-0 with the only highlights being a couple of David De Gea saves, and Mourinho was quoted after the game saying, “It was a good performance and the result is acceptable.”

With another big game coming up for United and Mourinho, at Chelsea on Sunday at 11am (EST), will there be a tactical change? Or will the irony of Mourinho parking the bus at Stamford Bridge take over? From the fans point of view, I sincerely hope the game is less defensive and more open.

So my advice for enjoying a 0-0 game is; you don’t. Take a nap like I did.

SamBarthel

By: Sam Barthel, Team Charity Ball

Club Profile: Olympique de Marseille

By Soccer Culture

For some time Marseille has been known as the second biggest club in France with a great successful history and amazing fan base. Here is some other need to know’s about the L’OM.

Founded it 1899

Home Stadium: Stade Velodrome (since 1937 and it’s beautiful) holds 67,394 which is bigger than Arsenal’s homes stadium, The Emirates

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Successes: Ten time French Champions, Ten Time Coupe De France Winners, One time UEFA Champions League winner (only French team to ever win it)

Notable Former Players: Steve Mandanda, Dmitri Payet, Andre Ayew, Didier Drogba, Michy Batshuayi (twitter legend), Frank Ribery, Samir Nasri, Cesar Azpilicueta

Why you should use them in FIFA 17? Pacey wingers, and some solid midfielders with a big striker means possibility for greatness but a poor defense and goalkeeper might hinder that. Better off using them for a challenging manager career mode

What else? They were recently purchased by American Frank McCourt, who used to be the LA Dodgers owner. Which means they might come to America for summers and there are big changes will be happening and hopefully Marseille will rise to challenge PSG in France. They are rumored to be bringing in Luis Campos for their new Sporting Director, who currently works at Manchester United as a scout, and previously worked at Monaco bringing in players like James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao and Anthony Martial to the club.

The future is finally looking up in Marseille so keep your eye on that club, give them a try on FIFA Manager Career Mode, they always have cool jerseys and check out their stadium, it’s dope.

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SamBarthel

By: Sam Barthel, Team Charity Ball
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USMNT vs Cuba Preview

By Soccer Games

The USMNT travels to Cuba to play their hosts in a World Cup Qualifier later this afternoon. Kickoff is at 4pmET and the game will be televised on ESPN2. Here are three of the big talking points on some of the US camp.

  1. Can Pulisic cement his place in the starting XI? We all know who he is, and how good he can be. But can he consistently show that he can and should be a starter for the United States? I certainly think he can and will. His form has been incredible for both the USA and BVB so far this season, and I hope that continues tonight.
  2. Who will be in the net? While the USA has had solid goalkeepers in the past, neither Howard or Guzan are playing particularly well at the moment. Plus both of them are getting up there in the age category. Maybe tonight will allow a younger USA keeper to show his worth and a glimpse of the future? David Bingham, Ethan Horvath and William Yarbrough are all with the squad and could play tonight. Personally I would love to see Horvath get the start since he has more than proved himself through the US Youth National Team ranks.
  3. Will John Brooks pick up where he left off? The hulking 23 year old center back was the star for the US at Copa America. He was a rock defensively and brought some much needed stability to the US back line. However since he has missed the last month to injury the defense has continued to play well. If all goes well Brooks should return to his old form and anchor the US defensive line for years to come.

Enjoy the game!

SamBarthel

By: Sam Barthel, Team Charity Ball