Date: Wednesday May 5, 2010
Contact: Darius Shirzadi, Executive Director
Project GOAL, Inc.
Providence, RI 02906
Phone: 401 258 2300
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Project GOAL continues to be recognized for its innovative approach to youth development through education and soccer by the national, and now, international community. Project GOAL has been invited and accepted as a member of the Streetfootball World Network and its Football For Hope movement jointly implemented by FIFA. Project GOAL is only one of four organizations in the United States recognized as a best practice program by the network. Potential members are allowed to apply for membership by invitation only. Project GOAL’s member page on the streetfootballworld website can be found at http://www.streetfootballworld.org/network/all-nwm/projectGOAL
Streetfootballworld (www.streetfootballworld.com) is a social profit organisation that promotes positive change through football. Founded in 2002, the non-governmental organisation (NGO) is a leading contributor to the field of Development through Football and works with partners around the world to promote social change on a global scale.
At the core of streetfootballworld’s work is the streetfootballworld network, which connects over 80 organisations worldwide that use the world’s most popular sport to address issues such as children’s rights and education, anti-discrimination and social integration, the environment, health, and peacebuilding. The streetfootballworld network helps local organisations to share experience and expertise in Development through Football with each other, as well as with potential partners and the general public.
Football for Hope was initiated by streetfootballworld and FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) to unite the world of professional football and local organisations in the promotion of sustainable social development worldwide. Current projects include the Football for Hope Centres, the Football for Hope Forum and the Football for Hope Festival 2010.
Project GOAL, Inc. (Greater Opportunity for Athletes to Learn), is an after-school initiative that partners with school departments and community organizations within the Providence area. Project GOAL’s mission is to facilitate the development of New England’s disadvantaged inner city youth through after-school tutoring, health education, and soccer-related programs.
A non-profit 501©3 organization, Project GOAL, Inc., is comprised of professionals from the business, academic, health and soccer communities who support the project in achieving its objectives in creating opportunities for its “GOALie” participants.