We’ve said our thank you’s. We’ve bought our presents and guilty pleasures. Now, it’s time to give back. After Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes a special day in the United States known as Giving Tuesday. Since its creation in 2012 by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact (a cultural center in New York City), Giving Tuesday has been connecting people and organizations from all around the globe to celebrate and encourage giving.
As socceristas and active members of the world we live in, it is in our hands to form part of this movement and to contribute to the well-being and happiness of others. There are many organizations that could benefit from our time and money. This Giving Tuesday let’s try and focus our attention on others.
Here are five great soccer-related charity organizations you can support:
Founded in 2006, this nonprofit values the right of kids from all around the world to play soccer. Soccer Without Borders seeks to build safe places for underprivileged children to play soccer while providing educational resources. The nonprofit offers programs for kids from more than 60 countries as well as an all-girls program.
There are a number of ways to get involved with Soccer Without Borders, including donating, leading a fundraiser or becoming an ambassador.
2. Charity Ball
This nonprofit provides new soccer balls to poverty-stricken children from communities all around the world. Charity Ball envisions a better soccer lifestyle for kids who once made soccer balls out of string and trash.
To donate, visit Charity Ball's website here.
Utilizing the power of soccer to educate and inspire youth, Grassroot Soccer is a health organization that teaches teenagers in developing countries about the greatest health challenges in their areas (such as HIV and malaria), while also teaching them how to live healthier, more productive lives. The organization works in 45 countries and helps youth build and grow into the professionals of the future.
Help a young person achieve their goals by donating to Grassroot Soccer!
Autism Soccer is dedicated to helping educate kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified), Learning Disabilities and Down Syndrome. The organization's main goal is to teach children soccer skills in safe, supportive and fun environments and to help boost their confidence.
Get involved with Autism Soccer by donating, volunteering, fundraising and teaching at Autism Soccer.
Soccer for Peace utilizes soccer as a tool to help bring peace to the Middle East and other war-torn countries. What started out as a one-time soccer training and dialogue workshop in 2005 with 25 Arab and 25 Jewish children has turned into an ongoing event. Soccer for Peace has expanded in years since to not only include the annual game but after-school programming. By donating, people can help unite children from these regions in this ongoing peace building effort.
To donate to Soccer for Peace, visit their website here.
There are many ways to contribute this Giving Tuesday, and we are hoping to inspire some volunteerism and philanthropy in the soccer community. Even by simply playing soccer, you can help bring peace, unity and happiness to people all around the world by playing a game that promotes unity. This Giving Tuesday, make a donation or spend some time playing soccer with underprivileged children.
If you want to know more about soccer-related charities, then you can visit Great Nonprofits' website.