In collaboration with the National Institute for Youth and Sports (INJS), the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan organized the official soccer ball distribution ceremony on Thursday, October 15, 2015. The event was attended by the U.S. Ambassador Terence McCulley and by Mr. Moumouni Sylla, Cabinet Director and representative of the Ministry of Sports and Leisure.
Over 1,000balls were donated at the ceremony to representatives of 55 sports organizations such the Female Soccer League, and the National Technical Office for Youth Championship, as well as soccer training centers and clubs.
In his remarks, Ambassador McCulley emphasized that this donation demonstrates the U.S. Embassy’s contribution to peace, unity and harmony through sports. He added that the distribution of the balls was possible thanks to the collaboration between the U.S. Embassy and the American NGO One World Play Project.
The One World Play Project has donated over two million soccer balls to disadvantaged communities throughout the world. The U.S. Embassy in Abidjan received 5,700 soccer balls, which are being distributed to soccer training centers and clubs, and to secondary schools in several regions of the country.