CALENDAR: Recent and Future Events (Most Recent First)

November 25
- May 22, 2015
Camera Voices exhibit
October 28-30, 2014
Beyond Sport Summit
Fall 2014
2014 Global Peace Games take place around the world
June 2014
Registration opens for the 2014 Global Peace Games
April 19, 2014
Washington, D.C.
April 6, 2014
International Day of Sport for Development and Peace to be celebrated at Ghana, Malawi and South Africa program sites
April, 2014
Malawi and South Africa
Basic training and certification workshops for volunteer instructors to learn the 2014 Play for Fun, Learn for Life curriculum
January, 2014
An important weeklong International training workshop was held in Ghana at the Oguaa Football for Hope Center to introduce the revised program curriculum for 2014 implementation. Workshop Participants included the Program Directors from Malawi and South Africa, the Executive Director of PSNI, representatives from Cape Coast University, the Chief of the Oguaa Traditional area who presented the workshop certificates, and other invited guests including several other organizations who had asked to learn from the workshop. The Oguaa library at the Center was dedicated and named for Judy McPherson who with deep appreciation for the honor, pledged to help it grow and expand to other sites, noting Ghana had also introduced an innovative mobile library activity some years ago.


  • GLOBAL PEACE GAMES for CHILDREN and YOUTH are still open for registrations but events must be completed by November 30 to be included in the 2014 Report and Certificate. To date 34 Countries are represented across 6 continents with thousands of participants.

  • EBOLA PREVENTION PSNI pays special tribute to FODEDE, (Football To Develop Destitute Liberia) for its participation in the 2014 Global Peace Games and its YouTube recording of the event which was dedicated to the prevention of Ebola

  • BEYOND SPORT SUMMIT: PLAY for FUN, LEARN for LIFE South Africa represented the PSNI Network at the Beyond Sport Summit in Johannesburg In October. Themba Dan Chauke, the organization's Program Director, is also nominated for the Beyond Sport "Faces of the Future" campaign to highlight young sport for development leaders.

  • CAMERA VOICES GLASGOW EXHIBIT of Photography from Scotland and Africa will feature Claire Foottit's photographs of PLAY SOCCER Malawi. It will run from November 25, 2014, to May 22, 2015 at the Scottish Football Museum.

  • PLAY SOCCER CAMEROON, with its partner, UNITED ACTION for CHILDREN, opened two new program sites in late September, one in Buea and the second in Mamfe at the UAC Football for Hope Centre.

  • TRENTON, NEW JERSEY is the site of a new USA program in collaboration with 4 partners who will host the program and provide facilities: The Trenton YMCA, the Trenton Catholic Youth Organization, Urban Promise Trenton and Living Hope Empowerment Center.

  • NEW PARTNERSHIP: PSNI is partnering with Princeton University’s Center for Health and Wellbeing and Rabin Martin, a global health strategy firm, to improve the impact assessment methods for the program.

  • LATTITUDE INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS who work alongside program staff in PLAY SOCCER Ghana deserve special recognition and appreciation. In October Lattitude helped facilitate a full scholarship education award to a 14 year old PLAY SOCCER Ghana program participant, enabling him to attend full time through secondary studies.


  • MALAWI TROPHY: Patrick Kulemeka, PLAY SOCCER Malawi Program Director, was awarded the International Olympic Committee 2011 trophy for Sport and Social Responsibility on June 25 at Thyolo Stadium on the Olympic Day celebration. Patrick's name was nominated by the Malawi Olympic committee because of his commitment to promote the IOC objectives, and his outstanding contribution to development through sport through his work with children and youth.

  • PLAY SOCCER AWARDED TROPHY AT GLOBAL SPORTS FORUM BARCELONA: On March 9, 2010, PLAY SOCCER Non Profit International (PSNI) was awarded the 2010 Trophy for "Sport and Education" at the second Global Sports Forum in Barcelona. The Trophy for Sport and Education honored PLAY SOCCER's 10-year old "Play for Fun, Learn for Life" program as "the sports initiative that has best promoted the values of citizenship education, training and vocational integration through sport."
    READ MORE: Press Release
  • PLAY SOCCER AWARDED "SPORTS NGO FOR PEACE OF THE YEAR": PLAY SOCCER Non Profit International was awarded the prestigious "Sports NGO for Peace of the Year" at the 3rd Annual Peace and Sport International Forum in Monaco, in the presence of H.S.H Prince Albert II and more than 400 decision-makers from 85 nations, representing sport, politics, business and civil society
    READ MORE: Press Release
  • PLAY SOCCER SHORTLISTED FOR 2009 UNICEF CHILDREN’S RIGHTS AWARD: The PLAY SOCCER Network was one of four finalists for the 2009 UNICEF Children’s Rights Award. The award was granted by Beyond Sport, a new global initiative to unite and promote the world’s most innovative projects for change. PLAY SOCCER benefited from participation at the July 7-9 Beyond Sport Summit in London, an opportunity to network with media, corporations, organizations, and individuals who support our achievements.
  • US DEPARTMENT OF STATE AWARDS GRANT TO OHIO UNIVERSITY & PLAY SOCCER PARTNERSHIP: The US Department of State has awarded a three-year grant of $225,000 to support a partnership between Ohio University and PLAY SOCCER that furthers cultural interaction and education through sport in underserved areas in the US, Senegal, Ghana and South Africa. The grant, issued by the Sports United Office, will fund a holistic training program for youth sport coaches that teaches the crucial link between sport and health. The PLAY SOCCER- Ohio University partnership kicks off in December at PLAY SOCCER South Africa, where a Ohio U’s expert coaches will deliver clinics, training and field sessions. PLAY SOCCER’s country programs in Ghana and Senegal will benefit from visits in 2010 and 2011. In exchange, during summer 2010 and 2011, PLAY SOCCER youth coaches from South Africa, Ghana, and Senegal will travel to the US to participate in Ohio University’s “Kids On Campus,” an enrichment program for children in the surrounding Appalachian communities.

    READ MORE: Press Release


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