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LIVE CHAT With Kevin Carroll: Can a ball save a life & change the world? What are the social innovation values of sports? June 15, 4-5PM EDT

Join us for a LIVE conversation with Katalyst, author, and speaker Kevin Carroll.

This conversation will open at 4:00PM EDT, June 15th, 2011.

"Can a ball save a life & change the world? What are the social innovation values of sports?"

They chose their addiction over raising three sons. The pinnacle moment of my parent’s neglect resulted in the three of us being “rescued” by a stranger, shuttled down to a greyhound bus station in Bowling Green, VA, in the summer of ’65, placed on a bus alone (ages eight, six, and three) and sent on a 200+
mile, one-way fare to my grandparent’s house in Philadelphia. Without parents in my life, I resorted to finding my life lessons from many sources: businessmen and laborers, winos and alcoholics, drug dealers and users, sport coaches, my peers and old-heads at the playground, merchants, war vets, school teachers, librarians, custodians, food service workers, other kid’s moms and dads. I learned to be constantly on the lookout for any nugget of insight that would assist me on my quest to rise above my suffering and circumstances. I spent endless hours at the neighborhood playground and it became my sanctuary. That playground plus sports and play proved to be a catalyst in my journey from dysfunction and hardscrabble to becoming an author, a speaker and an agent for social change invested in the sport for peace and development movement.

Sport and play are common human denominators and equalizers. No matter where you go in the world - regardless of socioeconomic, political or religious system – sport and play are present. Stories abound about the use of sport and play as social innovation tools versus foes of the human condition - HIV/AIDS,
gender equity, social inclusion, homelessness, literacy, natural disaster, conflict and many others - and there are human catalysts who utilize it to inspire change and action.


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  • Jun 15 2011: Sports is not only valuable for individuals but communities as well. Sports teams, even losing teams, offer a segment of their community the opportunity to bond as they participate, observe, or simply comment on the team. In business, we use sports as a way to short cut the longer process of building personal relations.

    In fact, we are seeing that even the mere support of a sports team can provide the instant "family" (perhaps with all of a family's dysfunctions), useful not only for youngsters but twenty-somethings as well.

    Over the last couple of years, I have been asked repeatedly to bring back soccer shirts for guys who don't even play soccer, and don't follow the country teams that I am visiting. They just want the "belonging" of following the sport - and belonging is so vital to our well-being.
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      Jun 15 2011: So true, Barbara! Belonging was my main motivation to be a part of sports in my youth.

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