DAY 3 – Organize a group pick-up soccer game with your new homemade ball.

Soccer is like a religion in Kibera. Favorite teams are followed with passion and each weekend local matches draw hundreds of cheering fans. Simply put, soccer has the power to bring Kibera together. Tribal rivalries and daily frustrations are left on the sidelines and players unite and play with singular purpose on the field. To encourage this unity and positive communication among the various ethnic groups, all the teams in CFK’s Sports Association are comprised of players from different ethnic tribes. Last year, over 5,000 boys and girls participated in CFK’s annual soccer tournament; each learning the importance of working together on and off the field. For an additional twist to the challenge day, make sure each of your teams is made up of people from different communities and backgrounds.

When the kids come together from different tribes they make one team, and teamwork now unites them.  When they get into the pitch, people forget to mention if they are a Luo or a Kamba or a Kikuyu.  But they focus on the goal that they belong to this team and we are all Kenyans.

Challenge Reflection by Anna Rodenbough

Everyone is connected to the game somehow, whether by watching, playing, organizing, or just generally loving the sport. Every time I walk into Kibera, I see kids playing soccer within seconds. They don’ t need much to play - just a rock, or an old beach ball, or a ball made from plastic bags and string. Once a ball-like object appears, the game is on, and
anyone is welcome to play. When walking through the paths of Kibera, I often stop for a bit to join in on these pick-up games, usually garnering a squeal of delight from the young children playing. Every time I touch the ball, or fake someone out, or lose possession, there is a response from the group around me. Everyone is excited that the mzungu (white person) is the same as them, just another person with an inexplicable love of such a simple, beautiful game.

Discussion - Day 3

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12 Comments

  1. Posted August 4, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    umoja ni nguvu {togetherness is strength}

  2. Posted August 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    So I am catching up on recording our first few days of the challenge. Day 3 just happened to fall on the same day that our ONE Moms were the “person of the week” on ABC World News! We were having a watch party at the house and the boys could not wait to show off their new soccer ball. We had a little pick-up game action in the back yard. I also noticed that the ball has been traveling with us in the car. I forsee more pick-up games to come!

  3. Posted August 10, 2011 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    was a great experience when u go to the field and try to play with the kids

  4. Posted August 16, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    This day was really fun. The ball only lasted about 20 minutes since we were not nearly as skilled at making the balls as the kids in Kibera, but we had a blast while it lasted!

  5. Posted September 1, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    today i played a soccor game with my little neighbors, and it was very inspiring to see how much fun they were having playing soccer with the ball i had made. Soccer is a brilliant way to get people to come together and share an experiance ♥

  6. Posted October 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    I really enjoyed this challenge and my friends did too. We were all surprised how well the ball worked and had a great time playing.

  7. Posted March 6, 2012 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    I got my dad and my brother to play with me in my living room since it was all snowy outside. The ball I made didn’t hold up so good when we kicked it around. My cats were the ones who ended up playing with it the most. It now is in the cat toy box we have because my cat Juju claimed it to be his. The “game” was short and my brother won because he is an athlete and can win anything I play against him. My dad just stood around and watched most of the time while my brother and I went at it.

  8. by Ryan
    Posted April 23, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Who would have known how much fun soccer would be with a ball made of twine and yarn! The ball was all over the place, making the task very difficult. It was definitely an experience to remember. After a fews hours worth of soccer, I soon came to realize how thankful I am for all of my friends and the materials that I have to make a cheap, yet fun activity.

    • by Ryan
      Posted April 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

      BTW, Ms. P, here’s the #capstoneproject.

  9. Posted April 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    #Capstoneproject This challenge was easily the most fun out of all of them. Our soccer ball was pretty crappy but we still had a fun time. I got about nine of my friends during lunch and we went out into the court yard and played a game of five on five. After about five kicks, the ball started falling apart. At the very end of the game, I was dribbling the ball, headed for the goal when it split right in half. I chose one half and kept going towards the goal. I scored a point but everyone said it was only worth half a point. It was definitely a fun time.

  10. Posted April 23, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    #capstoneproject
    This was one of the more fun challenges I have completed. The soccer ball we made didn’t work nearly as well as an actual soccer ball but we had a lot of fun and possably more fun because we were messing around with something that we created. But it is probably the exact opposite for the children of Kibera because they make their own every time they need one. So a new soccer ball would get a lot more smiles out of them.
    Dylan Butler

  11. Posted April 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    #CapstoneProject I really enjoyed this challenge. To make the ball sturdy enough, we had to wrap the bags with an endless amount of yarn. After wrapping it to the point where it turned hard, then we played a game out in my field. It was only a two on two game so we didn’t get the full effect, plus my teammate and I were barefoot so that didn’t help the cause. Still though it was a fun challenge that my whole group enjoyed.