Goooooooooooal!!! An Innovation that Impacts Life Beyond the Soccer Field
Posted by Plish on June 7, 2012
Soccer is a sport that’s loved worldwide (where it’s often known as futbol/football/kickball). Just like this image I took when I was in Ukraine a few years back (which is co-hosting the Euro Cup this year), scenes like this one are playing out all over the world, even in countries that have crippling economic hardships.
Being the son of Ukrainian born parents and living next door to folks born in Germany, I was playing soccer early in life (long before “Soccer Mom” was even a phrase) and later played in Chicago’s Semi-Pro leagues. I could never figure out why soccer wasn’t more common among my peers here in the US. It’s a sport that is easy to outfit. All you need is a ball and somewhere to kick it. And, like the above picture shows, the space doesn’t even need to be grass-covered.
So when I saw this innovation, I was blown away.
It’s all about the ball.
These two entrepreneurs hatched this brilliant idea as part of an ‘engineering for non-engineers’ class. Check out the video.
Leveraging things you wouldn’t normally connect (that’s the key to great innovations!) – soccer and the need for energy in parts of the world that don’t have easy access to it – this amazing and fun innovation was born.
In this age of “There’s an app for that”, it truly is refreshing to see a fun innovation that fits so seamlessly into kids daily lives and provides a benefit going well beyond those that exercise provides. And, if you donate one of these balls, you don’t just contribute to the well-being of kids, you contribute to the well-being of the communities they belong to.
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