I stepped out of our van and I felt in my heart a great sense of spirit, a great sense of dignity. The tribal leader, Jose de Jesus Manruiqe Esquivel, and I connected immediately and I was moved to tears at this moment.
"Playing soccer gives children time to feel good and experience joy, to bond with teammates, and to be healthy in unhealthy circumstances. The "beautiful game" builds self-esteem and teaches them to treat each other with respect."
When Lisa and I started the One World Futbol Project, we knew we had the opportunity to create a business that could bring joy to millions of children around the world -- with something as simple as an ultra-durable ball.
It seems like no matter how difficult the circumstances, people around the world still find a way to play. Play is a critical part of rebuilding lives, resolving conflict and keeping your sanity in the midst of chaos.
The simple fact is that there is an "I" in this team of ours. I am nothing without the team, and they wouldn't be my teammates if it wasn't for the idea of an ultra-durable ball which brought us all together.
Inside this crew, there's a core group of folks that are determined to take this quiet competence and use it to contribute to solving bigger problems -- all while being ready for sound check at 4:00 p.m.