Football for Hope

This blog tracks Katie Gannett’s research on the Football for Hope Festival in South Africa. Co-hosted by FIFA and streetfootballworld as an official event of the 2010 World Cup, the festival brought together 32 delegations of youth (ages 15-18) from Sport for Development and Peace organizations around the world.  During the 2-week event, the youth participated in a soccer tournament and program of cultural exchange.  Katie investigated the effect of the festival upon the attitudes of the participants towards different cultures, and she is using the data she collected to write her senior thesis in Development Studies at Brown.

Location

South Africa
  • Katie Gannett | August 5th, 2010
    Juggling at the Whizzkids United tournament in Edendale I’ve arrived back in the US and it’s good to be home but I definitely miss South Africa! I love thinking back to all of the different aspects of my trip, and I’m so happy that I’ll have the...
  • Katie Gannett | August 1st, 2010
    Wow, the last 2 weeks have been a whirlwind and it’s hard for me to believe all of the things that Ruvani and I did! We started by meeting up in the Southern Drakkensburg. The Drakkensburg is a mountain range that stretches largely between Durban...
  • Katie Gannett | July 14th, 2010
    I can’t believe that the World Cup is over…I’ve gotten so used to watching the games all the time and listening to Shakira’s “Waka Waka” and K’naan’s “Wave Your Flag” every minute. It was quite a finish to the tournament, and I was very excited to...
  • Katie Gannett | July 10th, 2010
    Opening Ceremony, Sepp Blatter and President Zuma This week, the festival’s tournament games have taken place in Alexandra, a township of Johannesburg. Two turf fields were built for the festival, with one being surrounded by stands and...
  • Katie Gannett | July 3rd, 2010
    This week has been full of a variety of wonderful cultural activities set up for participants and delegation leaders. On Tuesday morning, the participants were divided into mixed-delegation teams for some “integration” exercises. Different...
  • Katie Gannett | June 30th, 2010
    I ended up having a great visit with Altus Sport and had a chance to observe several of their different activities, though my visit was brief. On Tuesday, I went with Steffi and Ulf, two German Altus Sport volunteers, to an area of Pretoria to...
  • Katie Gannett | June 22nd, 2010
    While working with GRS in Soweto, I lived about forty minutes away in Melville, a neighborhood of Johannesburg. Karti was able to reserve a room right next to his for Lauren and me to rent. Lauren is a short-term intern from Virginia working on...
  • Katie Gannett | June 21st, 2010
    It has been a very exciting and hectic couple of weeks with Grassroot Soccer. Last week, GRS began hosting its holiday programs. I co-directed one of the camps at Leresche grammar school with Karti, a year-long Grassroot Soccer intern who works...
  • Katie Gannett | June 8th, 2010
    It’s hard for me to believe, but my two weeks with Whizzkids United have already finished! I had an incredible time and feel that I learned so much from my visit. I’d like to thank Marcus (Whizzkids CEO) and all of the Whizzkids staff, volunteers...
  • Katie Gannett | June 6th, 2010
    Earlier this week, we all traveled to Edendale for the grand opening of the Whizzkids United Health Academy, the culmination of years of work and planning. As I mentioned, the Health Academy represents the fourth component of the Whizzkids United...
  • Katie Gannett | June 1st, 2010
    It has been so much fun getting to know the other workers and volunteers of Africaid’s Whizzkids United program. They come from a variety of countries including South Africa, Germany, England, and Canada. Every night, we have dinner at the...
  • Katie Gannett | May 30th, 2010
    Earlier this week, I had a chance to visit the players who will be representing Whizzkids United at the Football for Hope Festival. The four Whizzkids United players will combine with four players from another South African program called Altus...
  • Katie Gannett | May 26th, 2010
    For my first two weeks, I am spending time in Durban with Africaid’s Whizzkids United, an organization using soccer as a means of delivering HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support to youth. Founded in 2003, Africaid works in three provinces...
  • Katie Gannett | May 24th, 2010
    2010 FIFA World Cup Countdown: 19 days, 18 hours, 45 minutes, and 3 seconds A sign displaying this countdown clock greeted me as I walked into the airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. Flags from around the world were hanging in the hallways, and...