After initially receiving a prior batch of these deflate-proof balls from One World Play, Football for Humanity is set to receive more of these robust footballs with the help of Expo 2020 Dubai. Inspired by year 2020, when the expo is scheduled to be held, the Philippine-based foundation is set to be awarded 2,020 of these balls.
The special thing about these footballs is they can last in places amidst harsh climates and conditions, giving kids situated in such places the chance to enjoy the sport without the worry of the balls getting deflated through puncture or wear and tear.
Meanwhile, Expo 2020 Dubai’s aim for giving such a sizeable donation is to facilitate collaboration and strengthening ties within communities while spreading happiness through the sport of football.
Expo 2020 Dubai is a massive upcoming event, with none other than four-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi of Argentina serving as its global ambassador.
The FC Barcelona superstar gave a statement through an interview clip about the upcoming Expo.
“A football team can only succeed by working together, and the same is true for humanity. When people from different nations, cultures and backgrounds come together , we can better address global challenges and create a brighter future for generations to come,” according to Messi.
Football for Humanity’s founder and president, Chris Thomas, meanwhile shared his thoughts on such a massive development for his organization on the collaborative end.
“These are the very same values we promote in Football for Humanity, where our credo is Bringing nations together. It’s very inspiring and motivating to be a part of the movement that cuts across countries, regardless of race or creed, to promote that dream of unity,” said Chris Thomas.
Football for Humanity co-founder Belle Tiongco also provided a statement on the impact of such a donation by Expo 2020 Dubai and its collaboration with Football for Humanity will be.
“Football for Humanity is very fortunate, and thankful to be able to be the channel which will be able to bring the joy, and the power of football, to thousands of Filipino youth. These donations, these projects are a testament to the goodness of the human spirit, and that we are very proud to be associated with individuals and organizations, here and abroad, who build, who uplift, who reach out to inspire and motivate in the midst of difficulty and suffering. Football does bring hope.”
Football for Humanity recently launched its Play for Goals initiative, an expanded community development program beginning with Zonta Village in Barangay Tibungco, Davao which is not just focused on football – with the creation of a small-sided pitch – but also provide a more holistic approach in helping out the community by providing a library and a clean-water facility.
Along with Football for Humanity, Play for Goals has come into fruition in partnership with Library Renewal Partners and Waves for Water. The collaborative project of these three organizations aims to develop marginalized communities all over the Philippines, with the aforementioned village in Davao as the first site. And with the virtually indestructible Expo 2020 Dubai balls making their way into these communities will definitely do their part by giving joy to the children on the football pitch.
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