WHAT - We’re kicking-off the #100Anywhere Challenge - it’s the start of a global movement.
WHEN - Sunday September 20, 2015
WHERE - Redcloud Peak, Colorado, USA to Ghana, West Africa
WHO - I’m Roberto...
And this is Paul...
...and we're out to PROVE that you can juggle a soccer ball 100 times at 14,000 feet, involve a search and rescue team, get local authorities to approve it, fund neighborhood adaptive sports centers, build soccer fields around the world for kids, and start a global movement... all in just a few weeks... with your help of course!!!
Sound crazy? YES... and it gets crazier. Here's how it started:
A few weeks ago, I posted some videos while in Brazil that people loved...
Paul is an outdoors enthusiast and does "14ers." That’s pretty challenging. Those are 14,000 foot peaks!
So after Paul saw the videos, he climbed a mountain and issued a challenge: ROBERTO, COME AND DO THE JUGGLING CHALLENGE AT 14,000 FEET!
Dangerous. Crazy. And really FUN.
Paul insisted. Let's do this! We could raise funds for a cause we believe in.
So I thought about it... maybe Paul was right.
I'm the co-founder of an online company called Novica. We work with artisans all over the world.
And we do Happiness Projects in the communities where our artisans live:
Last year, we did a Happiness Project in Ghana to buy school uniforms for kids and give them an awesome, fun day.
They even played a soccer game.
I remember thinking I wish these kids had a better field to play soccer in.
So when Paul made his challenge, I immediately thought of those kids.
COULD WE RAISE ENOUGH MONEY DOING THIS CRAZY STUNT TO BUILD A FIELD FOR THESE KIDS????
Paul believed deeply that we could do it, so this is where it all started.
BUT... to juggle on top of a 14,000 foot mountain, you need some help...
We need medics. Our friend Bryan Hess has secured the medical team and plan of operations to do this event.
We need a search and rescue team. Western State Mountain Rescue Team is on board to make this project possible.
How about a film crew? Matchstick Productions in on board, they are one of the best production companies for this type of extreme filming and they have all the tools and state of the art cinematography capabilities to capture the moment.
And local approvals. We have the permits and support from the Sheriff's office in both Gunnison County and Hinsdale County Colorado.
How about some local soccer players to come along for the big kickoff? Yes, the local community is gathering players and will be ready to roll!
What about food? Garlic Mike will be at base camp bringing incredible breakfast treats for everyone to share the morning of.
And as Paul reached out for local community support, a LOT of people got excited about it.
So we thought... Wait a minute. This is not just one event.
THIS COULD BE A WHOLE MOVEMENT.
We could build a LOT of fields, not only in Africa, but all over the world.
What if players all over the world took up the challenge and juggled to 100?
It could be #100Anywhere.
And kids around the world could have fields. As a youth soccer coach, I know how transformational soccer can be in terms of building confidence and developing teamwork.
Together we can make this happen. Will you help make this a reality? Please contribute today.
This barren, dusty patch in Ghana is waiting to be transformed.
And kids around the world will be empowered through sports.
Here's a powerful story about a group of girls in India who have been completely empowered through soccer, moving from the fringes of society to actively going to school and working towards pursuing education and careers.
Why? Because being part of a team, and having others believe in you, can be life-changing for a child in challenging circumstances. Sports can have a profound impact on kids.
The first field in Ghana will cost $5,000 and 100% of what we receive from Kickstarter will go directly into building the field in Ghana plus supporting the Adaptive Sports Center in Colorado, a cherished local organization that supports disabled athletes. Global and local - a perfect combo.
So, let's do this!! Together we'll fund the first field in Ghana... and put the #100Anywhere movement into motion.
The Dream? After our KICKOFF on Redcloud, a corporate sponsor comes on board and funds $100 for everybody that posts a #100Anywhere video. I wonder who that sponsor will be?
Imagine that? Soccer players around the world, posting their videos, and funding new fields. AWESOME.
One more thing: After juggling to 100 on top of the mountain, I'm going to KICK THE LIVING LIFE out of the ball and punt it into oblivion.
The ball will have a tracking mechanism and the Search and Rescue Team promise they will be able to find the ball.
AND THIS SAME BALL WILL BE THE MATCH BALL FOR THE FIRST GAME ON THE NEW FIELD IN GHANA.
It will be our Trophy Ball - when players around the world juggle to 100 and tag #100Anywhere we will add their name to the ball.
So, please help everyone!
Help us make this a reality. Kickoff at 14,000 Feet. #100Anywhere!!!!!
Risks and challenges
Getting to 100 is not easy at sea level. On top of Redcloud Peak, we have the wind and the extremely high altitude (14,000 feet). How will my body react after climbing up the summit and then exerting myself physically? There's a chance that I won't be able to get to 100. I will do everything possibly in my power to do it, but it won't be easy...Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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