The Spirit of Football Comes to Cusco

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It’s World Cup time and things are heating up here in Latin America with the upcoming competitions in Brazil. Las Chicas Dinamicas are excited to share in the excitement of the matches in June, and this past week we got a special taste of just how incredible the World Cup really is.

In January of this year one ball left football’s homeland and began a journey around the world to the World Cup in Brazil. Everyone who meets the ball has the opportunity to sign it including Presidents, professional players, Special Olympic athletes, and even Las Chicas Dinámicas! There is just one rule before you get to sign the ball however: you need to do a header.

The ball teaches us about fair play

The ball teaches us about fair play

Andrew Aris, founder of the German based sports development program The Spirit of Footballhas been the official ball carrier since the beginning. He says that the ball is a ball of peace. In our modern cultures, football can often be associated with violence, discrimination and corruption, but The Spirit of Football teaches us that fair play and fun can bring us back to the grassroots of where the beautiful game began.

Andrew and Rosi bring the Spirit of Football to Los Nogales

Andrew and Rosi bring the Spirit of Football to Los Nogales

This past week the ball reached Cusco, en route to Brazil. GSW hosted Andrew and Roslin the two ball carriers in Latin America as well as introduced them to our own sports development program. 

The ball visited two schools, Los Nogales and Luis Vallejo Santoni and taught our students about all of the cultures and people it had met on it’s journey. After a presentation with video messages from Pato Donald (Donald Duck) and F.C. Barcelona we headed to the pitch to play our very own game of fair play football.

Over 15,000 people have signed the ball!

Over 15,000 people have signed the ball!

A very special game of football was played between Las Chicas Dinámicas of Luis Vallejo Santoni and the Olimpiadas Especiales de Cusco. While our students were uncertain at first of how to react to their peers with mental and physical limitations, by the end of the day everyone was playing together and supporting one another.

We want to send a really special thank you to Andrew and Rosy from The Spirit of Football for sharing with GSW this incredible cross-cultural exchange and to get us pumped for the Copa Mundial!

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One ball! One world!