The Amazing Soccer Ball That’s Virtually Indestructible

July 1, 2014 - Soccer Balls

By Katie Couric

Imagine this stage in your neighborhood: A organisation of kids plays a pickup soccer game. They flog around a round in a travel or maybe in someone’s backyard. The round bounces from child to child, off of feet, knees, heads.

Now, suppose that same stage in a fight zone. In a landscape peppered with spiny wire, damaged potion and troublesome brush, that same soccer round has a lifespan of about one hour.

It was this fulfilment that led Tim Jahnigen, a former lyricist and chef, to take action. In 2006 while examination a news story on Darfur, Tim beheld children kicking around a round of rabble with a fibre and famous a need for a round that could withstand oppressive conditions during play.

Tim mentioned his thought to a obvious crony from his time in a song business, Sting, who urged him to pursue a thought and supposing initial appropriation and support.

In 2010, Tim and his wife, Lisa Tarver, launched One World Futbol Project, an classification that hopes to encourage a recuperating energy of play by producing scarcely indestructible soccer balls for disadvantaged communities. Made from a singular cosmetic that’s lighter and some-more stretchable than rubber — a element identical to Crocs boots — One World Futbol never needs a siphon and does not go flat, even when punctured. And trust me, we tried.

As Tim and Lisa common their story with me, we was quite struck by One World Futbol’s intensity for healing. Lisa says investigate continues to uncover that play is one of a few forms of activity that indeed helps people redeem from dire situations. “So when children are in interloper camps or recuperating from healthy disasters, a event for play is critical to that community’s recovery,” she explains.

One World Futbol Project operates on a “buy one, give one” model, identical to other mission-driven companies such as Toms boots and Warby Parker. Buyers can squeeze dual balls for $39.95, that covers one for themselves and one to be donated to a village in need.

To date, a classification has granted over 850,000 balls, though placement doesn’t come but challenges. Because a balls can't be deflated, they are significantly some-more costly and formidable to boat than normal soccer balls. And a doubt still stays of how something that presumably lasts perpetually can be commercially viable. There’s small need to ever buy another!

Still, there’s so most wish in something as elementary as a ball. Regardless of geography, kids are kids, and a unrestrained over a soccer diversion played with friends is something that’s universal, from Detroit to Darfur, Miami to Malawi.

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