Target: Tim Jahnigen, Founder & Chief Innovation Officer of One World Futbol
Goal: Commend the indestructible soccer ball manufacturer, One World Futbol, for their altruistic effort
In 2010, One World Futbol created an indestructible soccer ball that could be used by children in developing countries, refugee camps, or disaster areas. The soccer ball was designed for use on nearly every surface, such as rocky landscapes, streets, sand, dirt, and of course, grass. The material used for the product can be punctured multiple times and still function perfectly. For every ball that is purchased through the One World Futbol website, one ball is then donated to children without access to sports equipment. This project allows for an environmentally and economically sustainable way to provide soccer balls to communities across the globe.
One World Futbol founder, Tim Jahnigen, thought of the concept when he visited a refugee camp in Darfur. He witnessed the hapless children smiling and kicking around a hunk of trash, tightly bound together with twine. Jahnigen concluded that spirit for play never diminishes, despite awful conditions and circumstances. Playing is a form of healing for children, and Jahnigen sought to provide more communities with better sporting equipment.
The Oakland Zoo in California were amongst the most recent recipients of several indestructible soccer balls. Time for play is vital for larger animals, providing mental stimulation and physical activity. It allows them to stretch and enjoy themselves in an environment that cannot offer much else. The One World balls are perfect for this purpose, since lions in the Oakland Zoo normally puncture several soccer balls within a few minutes. With the soccer balls from One World, lions, primates, and even tortoises can use the same ball for years to come.
A supposed 20 million balls end up in landfills every single year, according to One World’s founder. With this one design, impoverished communities everywhere can continue to play one of the world’s oldest sports, without constantly re-buying a sporting ball when they get lost or punctured. By signing the petition below, you will commend the charitable efforts of the One World Futbol company, their commitment to youth and animals across the globe, and their environmentally sustainable soccer ball design.
Dear Mr. Jahnigen,
Thank you and your company’s efforts at bringing impoverished children everywhere a better sporting ball for playing.. The One World Futbol indestructible design is perfect for children in any environment. Playing is vital for children, which builds relationships, teamwork, sportsmanship, and acts as a great release of energy. The ball allows them to focus on the game and to have fun, and not the worries of where, how, or when they could get another one if it accidentally gets destroyed or lost.
The durability of your product is also being put to test by giant exotic animals. The Oakland Zoo just recently received several of your One World soccer balls, and has been keeping tortoises, lions and primates happy with a toy they can really utilize. Thank you again for all your effort at making the world a better place for play.
[Your Name Here]
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