The whole world is watching World Cup Soccer, taking notice of the winners and the losers, the triumphs and the tears. This is a story about a couple, Tim and Lisa Jahnigen, who are more interested in giving everyone a chance to play. They have a goal of giving out 1 million soccer balls to poor children all over the world by the end of the year.
Tim and Lisa have discovered that the poorest children will use rag balls and improvise with whatever materials they can find to play soccer. The Janhnigens have found a plastic that is cheap and indestructible. Lisa and Tim believe it will withstand the harshest conditions for the world’s children who play on every kind of field imaginable. They will give these balls out to children in 170 countries.
The popular artist, Sting, gave the initial investment. Soccer, which is the most popular sport in the world, will perhaps find new superstars among our poorest children by giving them a ball and a dream, thanks to the Jahnigens.