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Behind the Scenes: Creating ABSC Custom Soccer Balls with Senda

When Albany Berkeley Soccer Club (ABSC) decided to make custom soccer balls for our players, we knew what we wanted: a quality product that shows our colors and shield, and make us proud of who we are and what we play for.

Having been a non-profit soccer community for over 40 years, ABSC always held high and proud strong values of sharing, connecting and growing young people through the beautiful game of soccer. We have always encouraged our players to live a life-long healthy lifestyle though soccer and to spread their values of respect and unity on all fields.

When we had to choose our ball supplier, we were thrilled to discover a local Bay Area company to work with : Senda Athletics. Senda makes premium quality Fair Trade soccer balls that give back, and ABSC has been ordering balls from them since 2012.  Fair Trade means better livelihoods, no child labor, and improved working conditions for ball makers, and we are proud that our club supports such values.

Creating the ABSC custom soccer ball with Senda has been a very easy and fun process. For our club, a custom soccer ball makes it easier to identify it at games and tournaments, and help avoid that a player, parent or coach from another team takes a soccer ball that is not theirs.

Custom soccer balls also help to promote the club during one this life’s prime experience for our members and players: a game of soccer! It also brings a sense of pride, professionalism and identity to our teams.

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When shopping for a custom promotional soccer ball manufacturer, we made sure to check that the balls were of the highest quality. It could be tempting to go with the lowest priced options in the market, but quality soccer balls last longer and keep crest logo in front of people for years, and not just months.

We are very happy with our Senda custom soccer balls, and are still playing with them to this day. For other clubs and organizations that are interested in soccer balls, they can learn more and get started on Senda’s Customization webpage and share their designs with the soccer community!

Here is the ABSC special edition custom soccer ball that we have designed to celebrate our 40 th anniversary with our players, coaches and parents.

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We hope that this ball becomes a classic for them, and that it helps to share the legacy and history of our club with our community at large. We can hardly wait to get them later this year, and pass them out.

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YOUR STORY, YOUR STYLE: HOW TO DESIGN THE PERFECT CUSTOM SOCCER BALL

 

Have you ever wanted to design and create your very custom soccer balls? Senda Athletics allows you to do just that! We work with the likes of Google, Clif Bar, and the Stanford and UC Berkeley clubs to bring their ball creations to life, in a unique, artistic way.

Custom soccer balls present many benefits to organizations. For clubs and leagues, a custom soccer ball makes it practical to identify it at games and tournaments and help avoid that a player, parent or coach from another team takes a ball that is not theirs.

Custom soccer balls also help to promote a league, youth club, team, brand during one of life’s prime experiences for millions of people: a game of soccer! It spreads a shared feeling of pride and belonging throughout the organizations, and unifies all players under the same banner, the same colors, the same ball.

We can help your team or organization – whether it is a company, soccer camp, a recreational program, a youth club, a league, tournament – design and get the perfect customized ball that suits you need and desire. To get started, go to our Customization Page and follow this process:

Step 1: Choose the ball model that fits your needs and budget

Step 2:  Provide a high-resolution logo. A vector file on Illustrator or photoshop is prepared

Step 3: Approve the digital mock-up ball design, with our logo and colors balls

Step 4: Set the Delivery date (60 days by air, or 120 days by sea) and place the order with a 50% deposit

When shopping for a custom promotional soccer ball manufacturer, be sure to check that construction process and materials are of the highest quality. It could be tempting to go with the lowest priced options, but premium balls last longer and keep your logo in front of people for years, and not just months.

With Senda, you can rest assured that you are getting the best quality result and durable performance, while supporting Fair Trade and Social Change through soccer. Join the Team and hold your colors! Customize your own soccer balls today!

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Your Style, Your Design: Make Your Own Custom Fair Trade Soccer Ball

Have you ever wanted to design your very own custom soccer balls? Senda Athletics can make it happen! Our simple customization process allows you to add your badge and colors to your customized soccer balls. We work with the likes of Google, Clif Bar, Stanford, and UC Berkeley to bring their ball creations to life in a unique and artistic way.

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(For organizations that are able to make at least 100 units)

Custom soccer balls can provide many benefits to your organization. For clubs and leagues, a custom soccer ball can be easy to identify at games and tournaments so your ball never gets lost. Custom soccer balls also help to promote your brand, and bring a sense of pride and professionalism to your game. Whether it’s a team, league, or youth club, your badge and colors will be represented on the field and at your feet every time you play.

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Senda Athletics is able to provide custom soccer balls for soccer camps, recreational programs, youth clubs, companies, leagues, tournaments, and more.

  • Step 1: Choose the ball model that fits your needs & budget
  • Step 2: Provide a high resolution logo, vector file (AI, EPS, PDF) preferred
  • Step 3: Approve the digital mock up & ball design with your logo & colors
  • Step 4: Set the Delivery date (60 days by air, or 120 days by sea) and place the order with a 50% deposit

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Once you got your prototype ready, the Senda Team and its partners will take care of all the rest! We will send your creation to our Fair Trade factory in Pakistan and they will put their skills into bringing your design soccer balls to life.

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When shopping for custom soccer ball suppliers, be sure to check that the construction process and materials are of the highest quality. It could be tempting to go with the lowest priced options, but premium soccer balls last longer and keep your logo in front of people for years, and not just months. Visit Our Soccer Balls page to learn more about the advantages of our premium quality soccer balls.

If you are interested in making custom soccer balls for your team, club, league or organization, please visit our Custom soccer ball webpage, to get started. It’s fun and easy to do, try it here!

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Community Takes The Field at Street Soccer USA Union Square Cup in San Francisco

On July 16th-17th, San Francisco hosted the West Coast chapter of the annual Street Soccer USA Cup in Union Square, at the very heart of the city. This event came showcasing and supporting the soccer programs that Street Soccer USA does throughout the year in the Bay Area and across the nation.

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Senda was present at the event, both as a supporter and partner of Street Soccer USA and as the official ball provider of the tournament for the past 3 years.The ball used at the event was the Rio Futsal size 4. Among the playing teams during the weekend were the SF Deltas, SF City, the Pink Panthers, Street Soccer San Francisco, many amateur teams and the Senda Team itself! The atmosphere was fun and friendly, and all participants united under the common principle of “playing for more than winning, sharing the passion for soccer“.

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The mission of Street Soccer USA is to build life-changing, community-based sports programs that reach the underserved communities across the United States and beyond. The organization aims at providing an alternative to the pay-to-play model of youth sports with a focus on social impact, confidence building, and community empowerment. Street Soccer USA believes that, by creating safe places to play with trained, supportive and caring coaches, soccer can and will improve the capacity of participants to achieve bigger goals in terms of education and employment. Overall, Street Soccer USA provides many people with opportunities to thrive in a positive environment, brightening their lives on a daily basis.

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The Street Soccer San Francisco players performed inspiring soccer on Sunday, with great team spirit and outstanding perseverance.

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This is one of the values at the core of Senda. Our mission is to promote social change through the beautiful game, with quality gear made ethically and supporting organizations doing good. That is why Street Soccer USA has been one of our non-profit partners for the past 5 years. By providing durable gear, helping in organizing community events and raising awareness about their members and missions, Senda actively elevates Street Soccer USA. We are proud to have that goal deeply embedded in our business model. And as a Senda supporter, with every purchase amplifying these movements, you can be proud of taking part in improving the world through soccer.

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Beyond Soccer Series Part II : The players’ perspective

The second panel of speakers at the Beyond Soccer Series in San Francisco featured two female soccer icons: Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe of the US Women’s National Team, and Hel Say of Soccer Without Borders Oakland. The panel explored their work outside the pitch as role models and agents of change for issues such as equal pay, LGBTQ rights, and refugee crises.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 23: Mike Geddes (right), Managing Director of streetfootballworld USA chats with a panel including (L-R) US Womans Soccer players Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe along with Hel Say, head coach of Soccer Without Borders Oakland, at Beyond Soccer powered by streetfootballworld at SFJAZZ Center on June 23, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 23: Mike Geddes (right), Managing Director of streetfootballworld USA chats with a panel including (L-R) US Womans Soccer players Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe along with Hel Say, head coach of Soccer Without Borders Oakland, at Beyond Soccer powered by streetfootballworld at SFJAZZ Center on June 23, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Recently the USWNT has gained traction in the media regarding equal pay. It’s a fact that the men’s side has been receiving significantly higher wages than the women, despite having the same employer, playing in equivalent competitions, and pretty much always being more successful. As one of the leading voices for women’s rights and gender equality, Hope Solo has spearheaded the debate. “Talks about taking a stand had been going on for a long time, but recently they had to just say ‘enough is enough’” she said. Perhaps the issue of playing on turf for the women’s world cup was a catalyst for the movement toward equality between national teams, but Solo thinks it can serve as an example for other industries as well. She said that the wage discrimination claim filed by the women’s team against the US Soccer Federation may take a long time in the legal process. She and her teammates are committed to playing in the Olympics this summer, but if things don’t change by the end of 2016, Solo asserted “we’re prepared to go on strike.” She also cited some important statistics about why equal pay should be given, which could serve as important details in the court process. Megan Rapinoe, also addressing her work for the LGBT community, says “forget the studies and data, when does it just become the right thing to do?” Rapinoe hits on an important point that at the end of the day these are social movements that requires a grassroots belief in equality for all. Perhaps a lawsuit by high profile celebrity athletes could do the job of drawing attention to the cause, and inspiring those who already believe to do more consequential work toward equality.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 23: Senda founder & CEO, Santiago Halty, with USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo, and a Senda mini ball.

On the topic of equality, Rapinoe agreed that fame can help garner support for the cause. “If you look at Hillary Clinton, she embodies our mission and what we’re trying to do here,” said Rapinoe. Clinton, like the USWNT, has had to work much harder in many aspects of her career to reach where she is today. The success and achievement of Clinton and the women’s national team have often been overshadowed by their male counterparts, but now they each have a chance to make real, enduring social change regarding gender.

The panel spoke about being role models to girls around the world. “The meaning of being a role model, to me, is to empower others to be themselves” said Hope Solo. Soccer Without Borders’ Ben Gucciardi served as one such role model to panelist Hel Say. Say grew up in a refugee camp on the Burma/Thailand border, and she was one of very few girls who played soccer. Many times, she said, boys didn’t allow the girls to play. When Hel Say arrived in the US as a 15-year old refugee, Ben gave her the chance to play soccer at no cost. “Thank God, I have a man who cares,” said Say. Ben gave her the opportunity to play the sport she loved without the stigma she had gotten growing up. Her involvement in sport was a big factor in helping her get an education and learning to speak English. “It helped me stay in school,” she said, “because soccer is always right after [school].” Say didn’t want to miss soccer training, so as a consequence she didn’t cut class or miss school. Her confidence certainly grew as a result of her education and involvement in soccer. She sat on stage with two of the most popular female athletes in the US, and did a fantastic job answering questions and telling stories in her non-native language, English. Hel Say is now a coach for SWB Oakland, and the roles have been reversed. The girls of SWB now see her as a role model, saying they want to be like her when they grow up.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 23: US Womans Soccer player Megan Rapinoe addresses the audience while on stage with teammate Hope Solo (L) and Hel Say, head coach of Soccer Without Borders Oakland, at Beyond Soccer powered by streetfootballworld at SFJAZZ Center on June 23, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 23: US Womans Soccer player Megan Rapinoe addresses the audience while on stage with teammate Hope Solo (L) and Hel Say, head coach of Soccer Without Borders Oakland, at Beyond Soccer powered by streetfootballworld at SFJAZZ Center on June 23, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

One of the key pieces to Hel Say’s story is her passion for soccer, and the fun that she had with SWB. She humbly asked the other two stars how they got where they are today, and Rapinoe offered her advice. “Kids need to enjoy what they’re doing. 99% of kids won’t play pro, so enjoy the moment now, it’s about growing as a person, not just winning,” said Rapinoe. Joy is one of pillars behind Senda’s goal of changing the world through soccer. The idea of playing for joy over competition was shared by Hope Solo when she talked about her favorite soccer game she ever played in. She told the story about the game against Japan, which the USA lost in penalty kicks in the Women’s World Cup Final. Japan had just suffered a terrible tragedy when a tsunami hit the Japanese coast not long before the game. Solo acknowledged that it hurt to lose the game, but the loss was made less painful by the incredible story of the Japanese playing for their nation and becoming a symbol of resiliency.

Perhaps the overarching theme of this second panel discussion is that sport has the power to transcend social and political issues, and serve as a unifying medium in life. The all-inclusive nature of sport is what has allowed all these women to succeed, and one of their objectives is to grow this idea of inclusivity and equality so that more people can experience what soccer has given to their lives.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 23: US Womans National Soccer players Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo are interviewed by media at Beyond Soccer, powered by streetfootballworld, at SFJAZZ Center on June 23, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 23: US Womans National Soccer players Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo are interviewed by media at Beyond Soccer, powered by streetfootballworld, at SFJAZZ Center on June 23, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Here at Senda, we want to keep this conversation going. What is the power of sport? How has soccer changed your life? Feel free to tag Senda on social media and share your thoughts using #morethanagame #morethanaball #playjoyfully and #futbolunitesus.

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Beyond Soccer Series: Changing The World Through The Beautiful Game (Part 1)

Beyond Soccer Series : Powered by streetfootballworld

On June 23rd, Senda had the pleasure of participating in the Beyond Soccer Series in San Francisco, a networking event for soccer organizations and social enterprises empowering them to work together. The event is part of Beyond Sports, a body aimed at inspiring positive social change through sport. The event perhaps couldn’t have occurred at a better time considering the spotlight that the Copa America Centenario shed on soccer in the USA.  It was a fantastic opportunity for Senda to connect with local and international organizations and be part of an ongoing conversation about the influence of sport.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 23: Guests socialize at Beyond Soccer powered by streetfootballworld at SFJAZZ Center on June 23, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 23: Guests socialize at Beyond Soccer powered by streetfootballworld at SFJAZZ Center on June 23, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

The first hour of the event was a cocktail hour networking opportunity for various guest organizations. Senda was one of many organizations with a table display, including our nonprofit partners, Street Soccer USA and Soccer Without Borders, as well as some other like-minded businesses such as The American Outlaws, and The Third Half. We also had the chance to speak with many local soccer, tech, and socially conscious organizations: San Jose Earthquakes, SF Deltas, SF City FC, Google, Only Six Degrees, Kick4Life, Bay Area Girls Unite, and many more.

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Following the networking portion were two panels of speakers in a moderated forum. [Part one of this blog post speaks about the first panel where Amanda Vandervort, Dave Kaval, and Jeffrey Mallet spoke about the intersections between tech innovation and soccer.] Vandervort, vice president of social media and customer relationship management for Major League Soccer (MLS), talked about the power of social media networks, particularly Twitter and Snapchat, as tools to engage fans at specific times. These tools allow users to effectively create a narrative and document their experiences in a way that people can identify with. Utilizing these platforms could be a way for businesses like Senda to move conversations about social responsibility forward.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 23: A panel including (L-R) Amanda Vandervort, Vice President of Fan Engagement and CRM at MLS, Jeffrey Mallett, co-owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps, and Dave Kaval, President of the San Jose Earthquakes, chats at Beyond Soccer powered by streetfootballworld at SFJAZZ Center on June 23, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 23: A panel including (L-R) Amanda Vandervort, Vice President of Fan Engagement and CRM at MLS, Jeffrey Mallett, co-owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps, and Dave Kaval, President of the San Jose Earthquakes, chats at Beyond Soccer powered by streetfootballworld at SFJAZZ Center on June 23, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Dave Kaval, president of the San Jose Earthquakes, added that the Twitter accounts with the largest number of followers belong to athletes. He proposed a challenge to those athletes to “lead the way, rise to the occasion” and participate in these important conversations about social issues. It just comes to show how the tech industry has a tremendous potential to grow the dialogue and make these topics more inclusive and accessible to people all over the world.

When the panelists were asked if the MLS is taking an entrepreneurial outlook, Kaval answered that “soccer is the only major sport [in the US] that hasn’t been figured out yet.” In other words, there’s room to grow within the MLS, and we need to take an innovative approach to growing soccer in the US in a successful way.

For Jeffrey Mallet, co-owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps and previous investor in Derby County Football Club in England, “the difference between the MLS and the Premier League in England is generational. Your father and mother and uncle all went to games growing up [in England]” and so children grow up with a certain familial attachment to a team and/or the stadium, much in the same way that the other major sports are in the US today. However, in US soccer we are having to create this love and passion for the sport from scratch, and that’s what makes it such a challenge.

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The San Jose Earthquakes’ found a way to ignite this passion in their new stadium. “Avaya [was designed to have] social gathering spaces at various points throughout the stadium, including the largest outdoor bar in North America” said Kaval. The design of the stadium takes into account the different ways that fans watch the game, but also the ways they interact with each other. This seems to be an attempt to create a soccer environment that is for everyone, and all inclusive. “That’s the power of sport,” Kaval added.

Furthermore, Kaval believes that professional teams should make an effort to connect with the local community. One way the Earthquakes have attempted to connect with the community is through their shirt sponsor, Sutter Health. They felt that Sutter reflects some core values of the community, as opposed to just any corporate sponsor. Senda has talked a lot about the commercial issue of shirt sponsors. When big clubs in Europe choose shirt sponsors like betting companies, it tarnishes the values of the sport. Senda would much prefer sponsors that allude to a more noble cause, such as Unicef on past Barcelona shirts. For the Earthquakes, these types of values have the potential to turn their stadium into a type of a social mecca and a complete experience rather than just a match venue. At Senda we’ve played with the idea to put the names of our nonprofit partners on jerseys to advocate for the grassroots side of soccer. Donations to nonprofit partners are one way that Senda directly contributes to the local community, reflecting one of the core values that we’ve included in the brand new Senda soccer ball design, “Community,” “Joy,” and “Respect.”

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In part two of the Beyond Soccer Series blog post, we will talk about the second panel of speakers: Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe from the US Women’s National Team, and Hel Say of Senda’s local nonprofit partner Soccer Without Borders’ Oakland chapter. Stay tuned!

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Summer is Here! Senda’s Playa Beach Soccer Ball, Official Ball of Summertime!

Sweet Summer means Beach Soccer! On June 11th-12th, Senda took part in the 12th Annual Pro-Am Santa Cruz Open in California. This is the biggest Beach Soccer Tournament in Northern California, and the Senda Playa Beach Soccer Ball was the official game ball for the 4th consecutive year. Some of the best youth clubs in the area participated, including ACC Mavericks, Almaden FC, Ballistic United SC, Dublin United, San Ramon, SF Vikings, and East Bay Tottenham Spurs, among others. Want to get an idea of how awesome this event is? Check out the video further on!

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Beach Soccer, also known as Beach Football, has grown incredibly popular over the past few years in the U.S. and all around the world. Literally, anywhere you can find a parcel of sand and soccer loving people, you can be sure to find teammates to play Beach Soccer with. That includes a lot of places, and a lot of people, in the Beach Soccer community.

 

Quoting Beach Soccer USA: “Each team consists of five players, including the goalkeeper and an unlimited amount of substitutions, from a selection of 3 to 5 players. […] A game lasts 36 minutes and is split up into three 12 minute periods. […] The pitch is considerably smaller than a regular football pitch, of rectangular shape, and the touch line is longer than the goal line.” While keeping all the joy of soccer and allowing you to take the game anywhere, Beach Soccer emphasises skill, agility, and shooting at goal, which makes it a very active and exciting version of the game.

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Senda’s Playa Beach Soccer Ball is a piece of art designed for the best Beach Soccer experience.

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The ball is designed with 6 large water resistant panels which provide a soft, abrasion resistant ball. Minimizing the number of panels allows for better impact with barefoot play. Each panel is hand stitched, providing tighter and stronger seams, and extended durability with higher performance; Intended for gameplay on sand (and alternative grass games).

The ball features 4 layers of polyester/cotton hybrid linings placed between the cover and the latex bladder to help the ball retain its shape and bounce. An inflatable latex bladder offers the softest feel and provides better surface tension. Last but not least, all Senda balls are

Last but not least, all Senda balls are Fair Trade Certified, ensuring all workers receive at least the national minimum wage, that there is no child labor involved and that the health and safety of workers are safeguarded.

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Senda’s Fair Trade Playa Beach Soccer Ball is guaranteed to provide you could with the best playing experience on the beach this summer – and for the many more to come! See you on the sand, enjoy the sun and #PlayJoyfully!

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“Futbol Unites Us:” Freestylers Come Together with a Senda Limited Fair Trade Ball

Senda is excited to share this blog post from our ambassador and freestyler, Anthony Dillard, expressing his passion for soccer through amazing tricks and presenting some other outstanding members of this community.

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“My name is Anthony Dillard and I’m a Senda Ambassador and soccer freestyler. Recently, I had the opportunity to gather up some of my closest friends of the soccer freestyle community to do a ‘Futbol Unites Us‘ video. The first freestyler featured in the video is Kaleb Day. About a year ago, by the use of Instagram, I found an upcoming soccer freestyler from the state of Alabama. At the time I lived in Memphis, so it would be a four-hour drive to meet him. I decided to go! I had an awesome time, and since then, Kaleb has been an awesome friend who inspires me to strive for my best. He has a natural talent with soccer tricks and is really good at ‘lowers’ which is using the lower part of the body to achieve crazy movement tricks. Kaleb has been called the ‘Alabama Freestyle King‘ and I back that 100%! I am grateful to have a friend like Kaleb who I can talk, laugh, and freestyle with.”

 

“The second person featured in the video is Caitlyn Schrepfer. I had the pleasure to meet Caitlyn at the 2014 USA Soccer Freestyle Championships in Seattle. I had previously seen her tricks in a couple of videos, but meeting her in person was awesome. I was amazed by her skill level. Caitlyn freestyles in California and finished her freshmen year at Whittier College where she played a year of college soccer. Caitlyn has an incredible future ahead of her with freestyle, so make sure to keep up with her future posts!  In the video, Caitlyn kicks the ball to me, and I then send it off to one of my favorite people!”

Khoa Nguyen is a freestyler I have followed for years on social networks! He has unbelievable talent and control recognized internationally, but beyond that he is definitely one of the nicest and most encouraging people you could ever meet. As I was a beginning freestyler, Khoa would watch all my posted videos, give me praise for tricks that were executed well, and give me advice for getting better. I took his advice seriously and he would note improvements on later posted videos. Not only did I get the opportunity to meet Khoa in Seattle but I also got to compete against him in the first round of the USA championship! Khoa won the entire championship that year, but also he expressed so much excitement at my performance in our battle together. Competing against one of my freestyle Idols in my first ever competition is something I’ll never forget. Now in 2015 Khoa was AGAIN named USA championship in Chicago!”

“All the people mentioned in this article are people that I am united with through life and I am so glad to have them represented in the ‘Futbol Unites Us‘ campaign! Special thanks to Ben Brubaker who crafted this awesome video!

Sincerely,

Anthony Dillard”

Thank you to all who contributed to making this stunning video and article. Check out @AnthonyLDillard, @KalebSDay and @FreeStyleSoccerKT for more videos.

We created the limited edition “Futbol Unites Us” ball with the help of our design team and ball customizing tool.

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If you are interested in making custom soccer balls for your team, club, league or organization, please visit our Custom soccer ball web page to get started. It’s fun and easy to do!

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Celebrating the other Heroes of the Game: BORP Power Soccer

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On June 4th-5th, the Bay Area Outreach Program (BORP) Power Soccer hosted their final games of the season in Berkeley, California. Many teams answered the call to rejoice around the passion for playing, including the Thunderchairs who came all the way from Canada! The Shockers had some shining moments, and The Crushers achieved amazing results thanks to their new strategy, but overall each team and every single player performed spectacular soccer.

 

 

Power Soccer is the first competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for everyone who uses a power wheelchair. Power Soccer combines the skills of the person with the speed and power of the chair, to create a fun, competitive, and accessible opportunity to play the most popular sport in the world. Power Soccer is a team sport that helps build character through teamwork, communication, training, perseverance, and good sportsmanship.

 

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Senda has been a proud support of BORP and Power Soccer for several years. Part of the reasons why we put so much energy into our business is to be able to better empower such organizations and wonderful people that help spread the joy of soccer to everybody. Senda just released its latest Power Soccer Ball, which received great feedback from the players who were very satisfied with the weight of the ball, perfectly adapted to their game style.

 

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We are looking forward to the next Power Soccer season and are excited about this ever growing community of inspiring athletes sharing the passion for soccer. Stay tuned, get involved and support Power Soccer Teams at http://www.borp.org/power-soccer-calendar/

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Beyond Soccer 2016 Comes to San Francisco June 23rd

On June 23rd, the Beyond Soccer Series powered by our friends at streetfootballworld will gather key leaders and influencers in the U.S. soccer industry in San Francisco for the first time ever for what will be an insightful evening of discussion, collaboration, and connection.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 22: (L-R) Managing Director at streetfootballworld USA and panel moderator Mike Geddes, former professional football player and Western Union Pass Ambassador Patrick Vieira, and professional football player with New York City FC Jeb Brovsky, speak at the Beyond Soccer Series Powered By streetfootballworld at Thomson Reuters Building on June 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Beyond Soccer Series)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 22: (L-R) Managing Director at streetfootballworld USA and panel moderator Mike Geddes, former professional football player and Western Union Pass Ambassador Patrick Vieira, and professional football player with New York City FC Jeb Brovsky, speak at the Beyond Soccer Series Powered By streetfootballworld at Thomson Reuters Building on June 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Beyond Soccer Series)

U.S. soccer stars Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe have signed up for the Beyond Soccer Series, powered by streetfootballworld. The World Cup and Olympic champions will join leading figures from sport, business and philanthropy to explore the powerful ability of soccer to break down barriers, generate awareness, and affect sustainable and enduring change in communities worldwide.

Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo clap as the audience welcomes them home during their homecoming ceremony before the soccer game between Seattle Reign and West New York Flash at Memorial Stadium, Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Seattle. Rapinoe and Solo did not compete in the game. (Sy Bean / The Seattle Times)

Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo clap as the audience welcomes them home during their homecoming ceremony before the soccer game between Seattle Reign and West New York Flash at Memorial Stadium, Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Seattle. Rapinoe and Solo did not compete in the game. (Sy Bean / The Seattle Times)

Dating back to 2011, the Beyond Soccer Series powered by streetfootballworld was developed to discuss America’s fastest growing sport and how to capitalize on the global popularity of the game to create positive global change. The 2015 series took place in New York City and discussed the power of the athlete as well as the importance of diversity and inclusion. Key speakers included UNICEF USA CEO Caryl Stern, MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Soccer United Marketing President Kathy Carter, NYC FC Head Coach Patrick Vieria and MLS stars Jeb Brovsky, Michael Lahoud, and Sean Johnson.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 22: Former professional football player and Western Union Pass Ambassador, Patrick Vieira, speaks with press at the Beyond Soccer Series Powered By streetfootballworld at Thomson Reuters Building on June 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Beyond Soccer Series)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 22: Former professional football player and Western Union Pass Ambassador, Patrick Vieira, speaks with press at the Beyond Soccer Series Powered By streetfootballworld at Thomson Reuters Building on June 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Beyond Soccer Series)

The first event of 2016 will have an audience of senior representatives from professional leagues, clubs, brands, business, and media. The goal of the first event of the 2016 Series will be to deeply explore the digital world in sport and its ability to shape how soccer can be used to tackle global issues. After an exclusive networking hour with key figures from the soccer industry as well as from the local San Francisco business crowd, a high-level panel will take place with influential leaders and players discussing soccer, pressing societal issues, technological innovation, and the relationship between all three.

Register here: http://www.beyondsport.org/events/event-tickets/?eventId=35673

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