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Chevrolet and One World Futbol Project Deliver Their 1 Millionth Football

  • Chevrolet and One World Futbol Project have distributed nearly indestructible footballs to more than 60 countries, including 5,000 footballs to 800 schools in Thailand with more to be distributed this year and next year.
  • Donation of 1 millionth One World Futbol is part of ceremony celebrating Chevrolet’s restoration of primary school pitch in South Africa
  • Manchester United legend Gary Bailey participates in ball delivery and pitch dedication

DETROIT – Chevrolet, in partnership with One World Futbol Project and in an effort to demonstrate all things are possible through play, has reached an epic milestone with delivery of the 1 millionth One World Futbol donated by the brand.

Chevrolet and One World Futbol Project launched initiatives in Thailand and the region in 2012. In Thailand, Chevrolet has partnered with numerous non-profit organizations, among them WVFT in distributing 5,000 One World Futbols to more than 800 schools in 2013. In total, Chevrolet has donated more than 20,000 balls to schools in the region including Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. GM Indonesia has pledged to donate an additional 5,400 balls to children in that country.

The 1 millionth One World Futbol was among those balls presented Saturday to the Mabu-a-tlou girls’ primary school in Hammanskraal, South Africa.  The delivery took place during the unveiling of the Mabu-a-tlou Lebala La Metshameko (“Mabu-a-tlou Playground”), which Chevrolet revitalized to enable greater participation in football for the Hammanskraal Girls Soccer program and surrounding community.

“For Chevrolet, it’s not just about what the One World Futbol is, but what the ball enables us to do,” said Tim Mahoney, chief marketing officer, Global Chevrolet.  “The donation of the 1 millionth ball is a tremendous milestone in our effort to help children everywhere realize that through play all things are possible.”

Chevrolet executives were joined in South Africa by One World Futbol Project Founders Tim Jahnigen and Lisa Tarver, Manchester United legend Gary Bailey, local dignitaries and schoolchildren to celebrate delivery of the 1 millionth One World Futbol.

“One World Futbol Project is about play – when play happens, progress happens,” said Jahnigen. “When we play, conflicts are momentarily forgotten, collaboration begins, despair is replaced by joy. Play enables hope, opportunity and optimism in the most dire of situations. While the ball technology is unique, the real magic is not in the ball, it is what happens when children are allowed to play. The ball is a tool that unlocks the human potential. We are so grateful to our founding sponsor. Through our collaboration with Chevrolet, we are fulfilling our mission to maximize the power of play and transform lives.”

As founding sponsor of One World Futbol Project in 2012, Chevrolet committed to support the donation and distribution of 1.5 million Chevrolet-branded One World Futbols over three years. Through One World Futbol Project, these balls are distributed to programs and schools in war-stricken zones, refugee camps, disaster areas and other disadvantaged communities worldwide, working with a broad network of organizations that use sport and play to teach conflict resolution, gender equality, health awareness and other essential life skills.

“OWF gives children much more time playing football, giving them many wonderful moments. It’s important because a child who has experienced a happy childhood will be better equipped to develop his/her potential to the fullest later in life,” said Chantira Somboonkerd, Deputy National Director, SOS Children’s Villages Thailand.

Chevrolet-branded One World Futbols have been delivered to more than 60 countries and have brought play to an estimated 30 million youth in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, including:

  • One World Futbols delivered to Colombia are teaching children to use play as a way to overcome or find relief from life’s daily challenges, as well as providing local youth an alternative activity in deprived areas.
  • Play was brought to orphanages and schools in the most rural regions of Thailand, where seven out of every 100 Thai children do not have parents to care for them.
  • One World Futbols helped transform a Chicago (USA) neighborhood associated with gang culture into a place where children can play and learn valuable life skills.
  • In the most remote areas of Kenya, One World Futbols are helping girls find their voices in a place where women have few rights.

The ultra-durable One World Futbol represents a breakthrough in technology for a recreational, multi-sport ball as it never goes flat, even when punctured multiple times, and will last for years in even the harshest play environments.

“I‘m very happy to play football and I always practice with my friends every evening. At this moment, I’m a representative for football competition of Nongkhai province, I’m so proud of it,” said Ton, SOS Children’s Village Nongkhai, Thailand.

Chakrit Keawklong, World Vision Foundation Thailand, added: “Thank you Chevrolet and One World Futbol to give the balls to me and my friends. We are very glad. It would be good to have this kind of activity again in the future.”

Delivery of the 1 millionth One World Futbol and the unveiling of the Mabu-A-Tlou Lebala La Metshameko pitch is part of Chevrolet’s global “What Do You #PlayFor?” campaign, launched in March to bring football fans closer to the sport and demonstrate that through play all things are possible.

To learn more about how the partnership between Chevrolet and One World Futbol Project is helping children around the world realize that anything is possible through play, visit www.ChevroletFC.com and www.OneWorldFutbol.com.