Thursday, June 12, 2014

Grassroots Soccer Introduction

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!

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