If you’ve seen the movie “Kicking it”, featuring Real Salt Lake General Manager Garth Lagerwey doing play-by-play, then you are familiar with the Homeless World Cup.
Now you can help out by purchasing a 2009 Homeless World Cup t-shirt. I am assured that these are high quality tees, and that all of the proceeds go to the Homeless World Cup. Visit Soccer Pro to make your donation and get your t-shirt.
The Homeless World Cup is an international soccer tournament featuring homeless participants. It’s been around since 2003. Here is their mission:
The Homeless World Cup vision is for a healthy, abundant, confident world where everyone has a home, a basic human need.
We use football as a trigger to inspire and energise people who are homeless to change their own lives. By this approach the Homeless World Cup creates better opportunities for people who are currently homeless and excluded and reduces homelessness on a global level.
We will realise this mission using a combination of a global football tournament and local football initiatives. The first, organised as a world-class event, will gain impact, reputation and media interest, which will encourage funding and promotion of innovative grass-root concepts on a local level.
We aim to be the most reputable organisation to use sports as a means for social inclusion, involving one million players by 2012.
What does it take? These are our underlying policies:
- Responsiveness and commitment to social impact
- Accountability by measuring our social impact
- Focusing on core competencies and partnering with the best organisations in specific areas as a key driving force
- Enabling grass root programs to deliver, reach their full potential and be inspired and able to grow