Sustaining spirit through soccer and celebration


In a salute to the community spirit that drives local and global progress, soccer, sunshine and sustainability converged for the first bi-continental, co-ed Earth Day Soccer Classic soccer tournament on April 12. As community soccer teams took to the intramural fields near the Sun Devil Fitness Complex on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus, schoolchildren in the African city of Accra, Ghana played on a field lit by solar technology.

An Earth Day Celebration and Expo – with green-themed, family-friendly activities and entertainment – accompanied the soccer tournament, which showcased the One World Futbol. This innovative, nearly indestructible soccer ball never needs a pump and never goes flat – even when punctured. The tournament balls were donated to the Tempe Boys & Girls Club, while tournament proceeds provided soccer clubs in Accra, Ghana with this ultra-sustainable product.