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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: Interesting story. As a volunteer soccer coach in NYC, I can say there are definite social and individual skills which sports provide. There is the physical and mental aspect of learning a sport and developing it. Team sports definitely teach communication and how to work along with others. While individual sports can help to mold your personal identity. Also, when thinking of fitness there is a nutritional aspect which may not be the primary focus but definitely plays a larger part as athletes become more disciplined and grow in their sport. We also see how major sporting events like the Olympics and World Cup can set the stage for healthy competition and bring people of all backgrounds closer together.
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      Jun 15 2011: You are absolutely right, Eduardo! Sports literally can "level the playing field" & bring people together & you can see the elite sitting next to the common man/woman & cheering for the same side.

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