Making the world a better place, with your balls.



There’s large parts of the world that are war torn, and poverty stricken. Kids make the best of the existence they have with play, most commonly soccer.

“The only thing that sustained these kids is play,” said Mr. Jahnigen of Berkeley, Calif. “Yet the millions of balls that are donated go flat within 24 hours.”


The good? Lots of sports companies and charities donate soccer balls to these areas, and the kids get something they can play with.

The bad? Those balls go flat almost immediately due to the rocky and tough areas they play in.

children in Darfur who found solace playing soccer with balls made out of garbage and string

The kids do the best they can. But a soccer ball made from garbage and wire/string just isn’t the same. Long story short? An inventor created a soccer ball that won’t go flat.

To test the balls’ durability, Mr. Jahnigen sent them to places like Rwanda, where they were used at a camp for former child soldiers. A lion at the Johannesburg Zoo, who would go through six regular balls a day, played with two balls. A German shepherd spent a year biting on a ball. In every case, the balls withstood the abuse.

You can buy one, and every purchase of 1 ball = 1 ball donated to a kid in poverty.



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  • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    It’s good to see Obama finally taking action on climate change in that picture. He’s finally been touched by His Noodly Appendage.

  • Hypatia’s Daughter

    Way cool! According to the article, Sting fronted the R&D costs to develop the ball. They are more expensive than regular balls but have a 30 year expected life span, even on rough terrain; but are more expensive to ship because they cannot be deflated.
    Hmmm, it seems that two major companies (Intel and UPS) are going to have some spare cash that they used to donate to the BSA. Perhaps they could find it in their corporate hearts to support OneWorldFutbol? Doesn’t UPS have airplanes that could deliver them almost anywhere in the world?
    And what a great gift idea – buy one for a kid you know and have another donated in their name.

  • tubi

    This is the kind of thing that makes me think deep in my cynical, skeptical heart that it might all be OK someday. Something simple that has so many positive effects, that is not being exploited for immediate gain. To be fair, Chevrolet would like to get some positive press, but there is a huge difference between goodwill efforts and raw mercenar(ism?).

    Now I know what I want for my birthday.

  • Randomfactor

    JT, you have completed my Christmas list.

    • Nothing

      Post by Dr. Burger, though.

  • Joolz

    I read about those footballs a couple of years ago but couldn’t donate because of some sort of logistical problem on their end. I then completely forgot about them – a huge thanks for the reminder.

  • John Horstman

    Is there some way to simply donate balls without buying one that I won’t use because I haven’t played soccer in a decade?