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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: I must be a little late to this conversation but I love the interaction between sports and social change. I've been able to see if first hand myself. I work with a nonprofit that utilizes lacrosse as a vehicle for impact in urban Dallas.

    On micro level how do you work with parents who don't see the value in sports?
    • Jun 15 2011: Hi David,

      I'm interested in finding out more about non-profit. Could you tell me the name of it please?

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        Jun 15 2011: BRIDGE Lacrosse Dallas. We currently have 5 teams, boys and girls, in the south Dallas area. I'd love to talk with you and anyone else about the organization. It is a great group with a great mission.
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      Jun 15 2011: do you know about LAX Nation, David? They use LAX as a social innovation tool Research can be helpful for a lot of parents to better understand the power of sport as a social innovation tool. Give a looksee to: National Institute for Play - www.nifplay.org +
      Playworks - www.playworks.org + Beyond Sport - www.seyondsport.org
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        Jun 15 2011: Changing the mentality and culture in the homes is one of the biggest challenges we face. The kids are always advocates for fun and sports, the parents are much harder to convince. I will certainly look into these resources. Thank you very much.

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