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One World Futbol

One World Play Project -

$39.50     Buy Now

Age range   6 years thru 12 years      

Toy Type   AE Active   CT Cultural   OP Outdoor Play   SR Socially Responsible   TY Toy   UN Unique  

The inspiration to design a ball that could withstand the world's harshest conditions was sparked by the spirit of the children who live--and play--there. In 2005, inventor and entrepreneur Tim Jahnigen saw news footage of Darfuri children in a refugee camp playing soccer with a ball made of trash. When he learned that ordinary soccer balls tend to deflate within hours of play in rough landscapes, he was inspired to make a ball as indomitable as the spirit of the refugee children from Darfur. Tim mentioned his vision of building a better ball to Sting (a friend from Jahnigen's days as a lyricist and producer). The activist, humanitarian and ardent soccer fan offered R&D support, and Jahnigen aptly named the ball the "One World Futbol" after a song Sting sang with The Police, "One World (Not Three)." After testing prototypes at a child soldier rehabilitation camp in Rwanda, and locations in Haiti and Iraq, Jahnigen and his wife, Lisa Tarver, introduced the One World Futbol during the 2010 World Cup in Johannesburg. The One World Futbol represented a technological breakthrough in recreational, multi-sport balls which--until then--had seen little innovation in decades. The ultra-durable One World Futbol never goes flat and never needs a pump--even when run over by a vehicle or punctured multiple times. Made of a closed-cell foam similar to the material for Crocs shoes, the One World Futbol is designed to outlast ordinary balls, especially in tough environments. Building the ball was only half the battle; Jahnigen and Tarver still needed to get it into the hands of the kids who needed it most. So they launched One World Play Project, a B-Corporation, with a mission to champion play in all its forms--anywhere and everywhere. The company operates on a Buy One, Give One model. For every One World Futbol purchased, another One World Futbol is donated to organizations that use sport and play to work with youth living in disadvantaged communities. Since its introduction, the One World Futbol has been proven to last through years of hard, daily use on the most rugged terrain, helping organizations with limited resources in remote locations bring the power of play to millions of youth on six continents. As of 2017, One World Play Project has distributed more than 1.7 million balls, bringing play to an estimated 51 million children in 175 countries. You can find out more about One World Play Project at Video 2

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