✨Seeing is believing. Now, more than ever, young people need to see a healthy future for themselves. They need to see themselves in the leaders of today so that they can be the leaders of tomorrow. Give today at the link in bio. (Pictured: @michelleobama at @grassrootsoccersa in 2011.)
👏 SEEING 👏 IS 👏 BELIEVING 👏 Our fearless GRS Gobal Ambassador @ChristenPress consistently sets a global example to girls and young women as she competes at the highest level. The future is bright, and with your help we're changing the game. Show your support at the link in bio. ✨ @uswnt #USWNT #France2019 #seeingisbelieving
Did you know that in the 90 minutes it takes to play a match, 36 adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa will become newly infected with #HIV? That means that it would only take 100 days to fill #Lyon Olympic Stadium, the site of the #women’s final match, with newly infected adolescents. Considering HIV is entirely preventable, this trend is unacceptable. We need to act now to change it. The good news is that we know how, and using the universal appeal of #soccer, we can. Consider a gift to Grassroot Soccer today. Link in bio.
“To be in front of these boys and get to know their personal stories, it is an awesome responsibility. As SKILLZ Coaches, we get to learn. We get to heal. It gives us hope and patience. At the end of the day, this is where I want to be.” • SiphamAndla Thembeni Grassroot Soccer SKILLZ Coach (Khayelitsha)
Mandela believed in sport being a catalyst for change. In order to continue his legacy, @Totalsports are pledging 1500 soccer balls for Mandela Day as part of their @Plantaball initiative. We are one of the 44 charitable sports beneficiaries that need your support to secure some of these balls. Its FREE to vote and by voting, you’re directly influencing where the balls will be planted. Vote for us at the link in our bio! On 18 July, @picupSA, together with @FivesFutbol, will distribute the soccer balls around South Africa. Plant a ball and contribute to growing a future. ⚽️🌱
Grassroot Soccer is excited to share our 2018 Annual Report with you, available to read as a downloadable PDF. (Link in bio) Over the next five years, Grassroot Soccer plans to impact millions of adolescents through partnerships. We have committed to scaling dramatically in order to achieve greater impact and help improve adolescent health outcomes in high-need geographies across the globe. Greater impact will mean reaching more young people, providing the highest-quality programs, and strengthening linkages across the full health continuum. Thank you for your dedication to our work—together we can reach millions more young people!
The @grassrootsoccer team has arrived! We're at the #SAAIDSConference in #Durban highlighting our work with @specialolympicssouthafrica and @ahfsouth. • In addition to two posters, take a movement break in between sessions, and visit the #AHF booth today and Thursday from 11:00-12:00 and 14:00-15:00, to experience our #SKILLZPlus activities for #ALHIV. ⚽️ 🙌🏿 🎗
There’s always a first – and tomorrow South Africa plays in the first #FIFAWWC for @Banyana_Banyana. 🏆 We’re thrilled, inspired, and cheering on these trailblazers!
GRS is in the running to win footballs from @plant_a_ball – and you can help! Plant a Ball is distributing footballs around South Africa for the 5th consecutive year! 2019 will witness our 2500th ball being planted across one of 44 beneficiaries nationwide! _ Our aim? To continue Madiba's legacy of using sport as a catalyst for change. _ We know a football won't solve Mzanzi's biggest problems, but we believe it will kick-start the thing or person that does! #PlantABall #KickStartChange ⚽️🌱 Find out more at the *link in our bio* and influence where the balls are planted | VOTING NOW OPEN! Made possible by @totalsports_sa Delivered by @picupsa and @fivesfutbol
🚨 Guaranteed entry to the #NYCMarathon, you say? 🚨 There's no better way to celebrate #GlobalRunningDay! GRS is looking for dedicated runners to join #TeamGRS – details in this post. 🎉 #TCSNYCMarathon
Congrats to Ivy D. in San Jose, James D. in Santa Clara, Alison G. and Laurie N. in Seattle, and Kyndall S. in Lake St. Louis - it's your lucky day! Official winners of our @USWNT jersey raffle. Thank you to everyone who participated - we raised over $20k to empower girls!
In the end, it was The Disruptors, fearlessly led by team captain and GRS Global Board Member Seb Bishop, who reigned victorious at the #ChangemakerCup UK. According to @UNAIDS, there are 420,000 new infections of young people (aged 15-24) each year in sub-Saharan Africa – equating to 48 each hour, the amount of time spent on the pitch during Thursday’s tournament. The success of the 2019 Changemaker Cup UK will provide funding for 4,400 youth to participate in GRS programmes, connecting them with the mentors, information, and health services they need to thrive. Read more about the event at our link in bio.
Did you know that in the 90 minutes it takes to play a soccer match, 75 girls in southern Africa will become newly infected with HIV? We're changing that future with help from @USWNT players – just one day left! Link in bio to get in the game and enter for a chance to win a signed jersey and empower girls through GRS programming.
"You have to remember that every single person in this stadium right now dreamt of being a professional footballer when they were [young] ... and so being able to play at Stamford Bridge is a huge thing, so hopefully we raise a lot of money and can do some good in the world." - @georgemlamb, Radio and TV Presenter #ChangemakerCup
Funds raised from today’s #ChangemakerCup is helping to empowering youth who are advocating for change in their own communities. 🏆 We’re loving this image of @grassrootsoccer Co-Founders Tommy Clark and Methembe Ndlovu, pro legend @rioferdy5, GRS Global Ambassador @rachelrileyrr, GRS Board Member Seb Bishop, and @coldplay member Will Champion, taken on the hallowed turf of Stamford Bridge.
Happy birthday to the one, the only, the incomparable @QuintonFortune! 🎉 Thank you for being an outstanding ally for adolescent health as a GRS Global Ambassador – we're looking forward to seeing you Thursday at the #ChangemakerCup!
Get in the game! Win a signed @USWNT jersey and help empower girls! United States Women’s National Team players @christenpress #23, @tobinheath #17, @abbydahlkemper #7, @malpugh #2, and @tierna_davidson #12 are helping to support Grassroot Soccer’s young women’s empowerment programs. Grassroot Soccer (GRS) uses soccer to connect young people in developing countries with the mentors, information, and access to health services they need to thrive. Each #USWNT player autographed and donated the jersey they wore during the USA vs. South Africa match on May 12, 2019. When you make a gift, please select the player’s jersey that you’d like to win. You can select entries for more than one player jersey. Link in bio! (Credit: John Todd / isiphotos.com)
Win a signed #USWNT jersey and help empower girls through @grassrootsoccer programming! It's game on from now until May 26. • United States Women’s National Team players @christenpress #23, @tobinheath #17, @abbydahlkemper #7, @malpugh #2, and @tierna_davidson #12 are helping to support Grassroot Soccer’s young women’s empowerment programs. • Each @USWNT player autographed and donated the jersey they’re wearing during today’s USA vs. South Africa game. When you make a gift, please select the player’s jersey that you’d like to win. You can select entries for more than one player jersey. Details at link in bio!
Sport builds the assets of girls and women in multiple ways. It is well documented that participation in sport improves the self-confidence and self-esteem of girls. We're feeling some serious #MondayMotivation from this collaborative blog with our friends at @women_deliver! 💪 Link in bio.
We're all smiles about this one! Thank you to everyone who participated in @ny_fest 2019 – your support will make a difference in the lives of youth around the world. 🎉 We're thrilled to see #TeamGRS come out with a big win in the Just for Kicks division! #NYFEST2019
Today is #WorldMalariaDay! Together with the @ExxonMobil Foundation, we've developed a malaria prevention curriculum that’s implemented by local organizations in Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea, and Tanzania. Learn more about how we're working with partners to end Malaria at the link in our bio.
On #IDSDP and every day, @grassrootsoccer celebrates the power of sport to change lives and strengthen communities! Learn more about the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace at the link in our bio. #IDSDP2019 #SportforSDGs
Talk about #MondayMotivation! Our friends at @classy_org are in it to win it – they're getting closer and closer to their fundraising goal in support of GRS. 🎉 Learn more about this exciting #ClassyGives at the link in our bio.
Today is #InternationalWomensDay! We are overwhelmingly inspired by Amelia and her story, and we know you will be, too. Link in bio. . “Nevertheless, I stood my ground and trained harder until I broke into the Zimbabwe Women’s National Soccer Team and won the respect of people in my community." ♀#balanceforbetter #IWD2019 #internationalwomensday2019
Today is #ZeroDiscriminationDay! We can all do our part to end discrimination by saying no to bias and discrimination against others, regardless of their HIV status. Follow @unaidsglobal to learn more about this year's campaign and other forms of discrimination. #UNAIDS #HIV #AIDS #zerodiscriminationday2019
A very happy #ValentinesDay to you and yours! Our work is possible because of your support. 🙏❤️⚽️
Have you ever dreamed of playing on a #Premiership pitch? It is with universal excitement that we announce details for this year's #ChangemakerCup, held on the hallowed turf of #StamfordBridge! Details at the link in bio.
Something about this passage from @MichelleObama's #Becoming sounds familiar – any guesses why? 😉 (Swipe for more pictures!) #fbf #flashback #CapeTown @GrassrootSoccerSA
A very special and happy birthday to GRS Global Ambassador @rachelrileyrr! ❤️ 🎁🎈 The entire GRS family sends joyful wishes for the year ahead – cheers to you! Your continued support means the world to us. 🎉
We're excited to receive a 4-star rating from @charitynav! This rating means we've taken steps to have strong financial health and accountability! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Grassroot Soccer exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work. Only 24% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 3 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Grassroot Soccer outperforms most other charities in America."
Whether you’ve competed in an endurance event, contributed to an appeal, or told your friends and family about our work, we are grateful for all that you do on behalf of adolescent health! To see more of your 2018 highlights, visit the link in our bio. (Want to keep the momentum going into 2019? Consider a gift at grassrootsoccer.org/donate ✨)
Our programs combine the appeal of soccer, positive mentors, and a proven curriculum that empowers youth with life-saving health skills. Every young person should have the opportunity to write their own story. Your support can change the odds! Link in bio.
A major shout-out to @postkodstiftelsen! Your partnership is equalizing the playing field for boys and girls. Through awareness, mentoring, and participation in sport, GRS programs address gender expectations and power imbalances, and seek to reduce gender-based violence. For the full story from #SaferSpaces, read more at the link in our bio. #16Days #16DaysofActivism #Equalize
Exciting news! Grassroot Soccer South Africa kicked off our #WorldAIDSDay commemorations commemorations and activities in Khayelitsha yesterday with friends from Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium @alexanderdecroo, @UNAIDS and Dr. Catherine Sozi, @desmondtutuhivfoundation, @soulcity_sa, Makhulu Productions and @slingshotmedia. View more vibrant images from the day on our website under “Latest News”!
At Grassroot Soccer, we believe knowledge is power. This knowledge includes knowing your HIV status. Yet according to UNAIDS, 25% of people living with HIV globally do not know their HIV status. That’s over 9 million people who don’t know they are HIV-positive. On #WorldAIDSDay 2018, in conjunction with the global theme of #KnowYourStatus, we present a look, in words and pictures, at how we are working with youth to increase HIV testing. Link in bio.
We’ve seen the future, and it looks bright! Your #GivingTuesday support of @GrassrootSoccer provides life-saving health skills to youth. $25 can change a life through a 12-week health skills program and HIV testing for one adolescent. Give today. Link in bio.
Do you know what day it is tomorrow? #GivingTuesday will be here before we know it! Consider a gift to GRS – $25 can change a life by empowering youth with critical knowledge and healthy behaviors. Link in bio.
Although gender-based violence disproportionately impacts women, a world free from harmful gender norms and behaviors isn't possible without educating men and boys. Link in bio. #16Days
It is with universal excitement that we announce Equalize! – a project made possible by the generous support of @postkodstiftelsen. Our SKILLZ Boy programming was created with the knowledge that gender equality is everyone's responsibility. Read more about this exciting initiative using the link in our bio. #postkodeffekten #projectforchange
KILOOO! We’re immensely proud and in awe of every single member of #TeamGRS who took on 26.2 at @nycmarathon on behalf of youth and #GRS programming. Thank you!! (Pictured above is GRS Director of Development Sarah Moran, living her best life.) If you’re interested in joining #TeamGRS for a future endurance event, visit the link in our bio.
Look at this #TeamGRS spirit! Thinking of all our runners who are going above and beyond to help adolescents face their greatest health challenges. @nycmarathon has nothing on you! (Interested in participating in a future endurance event for GRS? Link in bio.) #tcsnycmarathon #nycmarathon #adolescenthealth #globalhealth
#tbt Before and after pics of the Alexandra FIFA Football for Hope Centre in South Africa, which officially opened in November 2013. In the nearly five years since, thousands of youth have participated in GRS health education programs at the site, dozens of GRS Caring Coaches have been trained and received support here, and it has become a community hub. We are proud stewards of this facility and grateful to #FIFA, @streetfootballworld, and all our community partners for making it a truly special place!
“A perfect mindset is a positive mindset.” Great advice from 17-year-old GRS graduate Hope Peter. “I want to become a chief finance officer of a major company in South Africa. But then my goal after that is to start my own auditing firm so that I can lift up my community and employ people - everyone from the cleaners to the accountants.” #southafrica #sport4good #youth #agentsofchange
#tbt to one of our early program graduation events in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in the 2000’s. Tens of thousands of fans packed Barbourfields Stadium for a Highlanders FC match with a special GRS presentation included. So proud of these graduates. Soccer has always been a powerful platform! #Bulawayo #zimbabwe #highlanders #sport4good
Did you know that over half the world’s population is at risk for #malaria, and that Africa is the region most affected? Yet Africa is also the region that has made the most progress in reducing deaths from malaria in the last 15 years. Through partnerships in multiple countries, young people are learning prevention techniques from fun Grassroot Soccer SKILLZ activities like bed net ball. #worldmosquitoday #sport4good #preventmalaria #xomfoundation
Heads up! Last 48 hours to give to our #DreamHaveNoGender campaign and empower a young person with transformative health knowledge and the confidence to use it. Link in bio. #soccer #football #adolescenthealth #sportforgood #genderequity
Determined: Possessing or displaying resolve. #DreamsHaveNoGender #soccer #football #agentsofchange #stronggirlsrock