The heart behind Body and Soul Adventures
Empowering Lives through Project Play Soccer
At Body & Soul Adventures, our purpose goes beyond merely providing a transformative travel experience. We are deeply committed to making a positive impact on global communities, particularly through our support of Project Play Soccer, a non-profit organization founded by Mike Mitchell, also the creator of Body & Soul Adventures.
The Origin: A Vision Born in Niger
The story of Project Play Soccer began in 1983 with a simple yet powerful idea. Inspired by the advice of Paddy O’Malley, Mike Mitchell, during his Peace Corps service in Niger, West Africa, realized the profound impact soccer balls could have in one of the world’s poorest regions. This realization laid the foundation for a movement that would eventually reach across continents.
Soccer: A Catalyst for Change
In the face of adversity and poverty, soccer emerged as a tool of hope and resilience. The sport, beloved globally, became a means to inspire leadership, encourage teamwork, and build confidence among children living in extreme poverty. More importantly, it became a motivator for children to attend school, thereby integrating education with the joy of play.
Project Play Soccer's Journey
Since its inception, Project Play Soccer has achieved remarkable milestones. Starting with organized soccer programs in Niger and Benin, the initiative has grown to involve over 100,000 kids across 1,400 schools, using soccer as a medium to fight poverty and violence. The delivery of soccer balls to communities during the initial phase in Niger was just the beginning of a larger, ongoing mission.
Our Role: Supporting a Shared Dream
Body & Soul Adventures proudly contributes 1/3 of its profits to Project Play Soccer. By choosing us, our guests are not only embarking on a journey of self-discovery but also participating in a noble cause that reaches children in some of the most impoverished regions of the world.
How You Can Help
We encourage everyone to learn more about Project Play Soccer HERE and to join us in this endeavor. Whether it’s through sponsorship, donations, or simply spreading the word, every effort contributes to the ongoing mission of empowering young lives through soccer.
By being a part of Body & Soul Adventures, you are not just experiencing an adventure; you are also helping to further a cause that brings hope, education, and joy to children around the world. Together, we can continue to make a difference, one ball, one child, one village, and one country at a time.