Grassroot Soccer Zambia Wins Charity of the Year Award

Open Zambia AwardsRecently GRS Zambia was named the Charity of the Year in the inaugural Greatest Zambian Awards! The Awards, an initiative spearheaded by news website Open Zambia and the Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP), asked the public to vote on a shortlist for each of the ten categories.

“It is gratifying and rewarding to be the recipient of the Charity of the Year award in Zambia. This recognition is a true reflection of our commitment and dedication to serving youths and adolescents in Zambia through our work. This award has rejuvenated our resolve to continue serving the young population of our country with much needed access to HIV and AIDS prevention, care ,treatment and support,” said Nalucha Nganga-Ziba, GRS Zambia Managing Director. 

GRS Zambia was launched in 2005 as the second official GRS affiliate, and has been a leader in comprehensive HIV prevention, including piloting successful referral and support programs for HIV positive youth that are now integral parts of GRS programming.

You can see a full list of winners here.


GRS NYC Marathon Team Empowers 13,200 Girls

On Nov. 2nd, 41 passionate Team GRS runners participated in the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon. They ran an epic, cold and windy 26.2 miles through the streets of New York — with smiles on their faces. GRS is incredibly grateful to the wonderful team members who donated their sweat, fortitude, and positivity to our cause.

Our goal for the 2014 NYC Marathon was to engage 6,000 African girls in a unique program that educates and empowers them to live healthy lives, access critical health services, combat gender-based violence, stop the spread of HIV in their communities, and gain self esteem through playing soccer. We are thrilled to share that we more than doubled our goal, and will be able to engage 13,200 girls!

To date, the 2014 GRS NYC Marathon Team has raised over $660,000. Grassroot Soccer was one of the top fundraising charity partners for the TCS New York City Marathon, and Founder & CEO Tommy Clark was the top individual fundraiser on the marathon’s official charity fundraising site, CrowdRise. Additionally, one of our runners, GRS Ambassadors Council member Josh Elkes, was featured in a blog post from our funding partner Positive Tracks. Positive Tracks generously matched the funds raised by three young people on Team GRS, including Josh. This was also a special year for Team GRS as two of our founders, Tommy Clark and Kirk Friedrich, ran the race for GRS, along with several staff members. We also had a great combination of returning team members and new members of the GRS family. Special thanks also go to Puma, who outfitted the team in wonderful gear.

Thank you to everyone who supported this true team effort!

Roger Levesque NYC marathon

GRS Team member and former Seattle Sounders star Roger Levesque (in yellow) on his way to a smoking fast time.

Josh Elkes NYC Marathon 2014

Team GRS runner and GRS Ambassadors Council member Josh Elkes shows off his GRS pride with his finisher's medal.

Sarah Moran NYC marathon

Staff members like GRS Business Analyst Sarah Moran got in on the fun too.

Rusty Trump at expo

Rusty Trump, who has run multiple races for GRS, gets ready to go at the expo.


Co-Founder Ethan Zohn Launches #IamaFootballer Campaign in South Africa

On 16 October, visionary Grassroot Soccer co-founder Ethan Zohn embarked on a two-week public tour around South Africa, beginning in Cape Town.

Former American professional soccer player, and winner of CBS’s Survivor: Africa, Ethan joined Kirk Friedrich, Methembe Ndlovu and Tommy Clark 12 years ago to bring the GRS vision to life, of “a world mobilized through soccer to create an AIDS-free generation”.

While in South Africa, Ethan appeared on a number of Cape Town and Johannesburg media outlets to promote Grassroot Soccer and the new #IamaFootballer campaign. GRS made the most of his visit and secured a number of print, online, radio and television interviews.

Publications included the Daily Voice, Sunday Times, Weekend Argus, Die Son, and Channel 24, as well as radio appearances on 2Oceans Vibe Radio, Cliff Central, Chai FM, Metro FM, KFM, Smile FM 2000 FM and 5FM. Ethan’s TV appearances included Expresso TV, eNCA, Hectic Nine-9 and Tongue in Cheek, and his interview with Man Cave will be screened on 27 November on SABC3, at 7:30pm GMT+2. Special thanks to all of the media houses who support the Grassroot Soccer cause!

In addition to the media blitz, Ethan spoke at the Beyond Sport Summit in Johannesburg from 28-30 October. Beyond Sport “brings together the best sport-led social innovators with influential, global leaders to address the role of sports in driving positive social change.” You can read more about Grassroot Soccer’s presence at Beyond Sport here.

Picture of just some of Ethan’s interviews:

expresso interviewManCave showEthan Metro FM interviewEthan eNCA interview