What happens when you combine the connective power of the internet with the passionate community of soccer players and fans that numbers in the billions worldwide? At Cleats for Bare Feet (C4BF), we believe it is the opportunity to re-imagine what it means to give and receive a donation in the 21st century!
The funds from this campaign will allow the creation of a platform that will leverage the collaborative capabilities of the web in order to connect the following three groups anywhere in the world:
1. People who have second-hand sporting equipment or cleats to donate.
2. Players, organizations or schools who need cleats and sporting equipment.
3. People who can take cleats abroad while on their travels around the world.
The web platform will solve the distributive difficulties associated with sending equipment to those in need (it's super expensive), and it will also re-imagine the typical donation process as a more interactive and enriching experience. Users will be able to track their cleats as they travel the world, discover the impact they are making and connect with others through the love of the game.
What We Need and What You Get
We need $50,000. While that may sound like a lot, developing a web platform that will be able to function as a charitable social network won't be easy. The website will have to coordinate the efforts of people all over the world who want to connect through the most universal games.
Since we are not crazy smart computer programmers, we will be hiring a third party company to make this dream a reality. The perks in this campaign will allow you to become one of the first members of a unique online community.
But Wait... These Are Just Soccer Cleats. What's the Big Picture?
Sure, giving a pair of cleats to a child in need won't feed him or change his financial situation at home. However, you've never seen anything quite like the smile of a young player as he laces up his first pair of cleats. Your cleats are of means of unlocking the potential within every child who dreams of handling the ball like a pro.
However, more importantly, #socialgiving through C4BF is a means of communicating with the world through a sport that defies all barriers of interaction. The amazing thing about soccer is that you can travel anywhere in the world and regardless of the language or cultural barriers, as soon as a soccer ball comes out everyone has a way of interacting with one another through that common bond. If we mean to make the world a more equal and better place, we have to start by communicating with one another. What better way to start than through a passion so many of us share and a bond we all understand?
Whether you're a player, die hard soccer fan or simply a traveler who likes to meet and connect with new people, #socialgiving through C4BF is something you have to experience.
Other Ways You Can Help
Can't contribute financially? That's okay! Visit our website www.c4bf.com and you'll learn about plenty of other opportunites to help. You can organize a collection in your community and if you're traveling anywhere this summer, we would love to send you with a suitcase of soccer equipment bound for a school, team or organization near your accommodations abroad.
Also, any facebook post, tweet or email on our behalf would be a HUGE help. Copy and paste our campaign link and help spread the world about #socialgiving and our goal to re-imagine the donation process in the 21st century!
Cleats for Bare Feet History
C4BF was formed in 2009 after Social Entrepreneur Keith Meyers (owner of HRB Movement) visited Kenya and noticed that although soccer was the favorite sport, none of the children had cleats to wear. Realizing how many cleats he and his friends had stuffed at the bottom of their closets, he created C4BF with the goal of passing on equipment to other players around the world who shared his love of the game but who did not have the means to afford the proper equipment. Cleats for Bare Feet has collected more than 6,000 pairs of soccer cleats for distribution among various organizations in Haiti, Kenya, Jamaica, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Senegal, China and the US.
greeNEWit, a Maryland sustainability company located in Columbia, Maryland, incorporated C4BF as a part of it's Agent of Change Internship Program in the summer of 2012. The Agent of Change Internship Program is designed to provide college and high school students with the support and mentorship needed to grow as entrepreneurs and social change agents in their communities. Under student leadership, C4BF has evolved into an organization that is determined to rethink how we help and connect with others that are less fortunate.