Grassroots soccer is a program that was developed after seeing how soccer (football) is loved around the world. The program combines physical activity with key messages about HIV/AIDS.
In one activity participants dribble around cones or "risks" (like multiple partners, unprotected sex, sex and alcohol or older partners). In the first round each time they hit a risk they have to stop and do a penalty (like jumping jacks).
IN the second round if they hit a risk, everyone on their team has to do the penalty. And in the third round when anyone hits a risk EVERYONE stops and does the penalty. Through this activity the participants learn that HIVS/AIDS affects them, their family and their community.
And of course we had to have some play time too! I introduced crab soccer to Togo and they loved it!