We wanted to inform you of an event that The New York Cosmos (along with world soccer legend Pele, our honorary president) – is proudly supporting this Saturday. The 10th Annual “Global Peace Games for Children and Youth” is endorsed by the United Nations and brings out kids to play a grassroots game of soccer and to build friendships and cultural understanding amongst one another. Nearly 50 countries throughout the world do local versions of the Global Peace Games for their respective communities – and over 300,000 kids have participated since the beginning.
GLOBAL PEACE GAMES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH RETURNS FOR 10TH YEAR
Over 42 Countries Organize Local Soccer Games, Encouraging Non-Violence Throughout the World
Initiative Supported in the U.S. with Local Organizers Hosting Games in Flushing Meadows, New York
Play Soccer Non-Profit International (www.playsoccer-nonprofit.org) founded the Global Peace Games in 2001 to promote a global network of children and youth committed to a culture of friendship, understanding and peace – demonstrating leadership and solidarity towards the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s).
The Global Peace Games for Child ren and Youth are organized in the fall of each year, on or near the United Nations International Day of Peace (observed each year on September 21st). It is a free, open-to-all grassroots soccer game, and is put on by local organizations for their respective communities. The games demonstrate the value of sport to unite, motivate, inspire and educate – and encourages children and youth to take the skills they have learned on the playing field and apply them towards their daily lives and interactions. Since its inception in 2001, over 300,000 individuals globally have participated in this unique event.
- Receive special messages from the United Nations and FIFA
- Sign the “Manifesto for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence” (created by Nobel Peace Laureates)
- Receive a Certification of Participation and a full report of the games that have taken place that year in all countries
As reported in the U.N. Daily News from the U.N. News Service on September 20, 2010, “sport continues to gain recognition as a mea ns to help achieve the Mi llennium De velopment Goals”. The MDG’s are eight international development goals that all 192 U.N. member states and at least 23 international organizations have agreed to achieve by the year 2015 – which include:
- eradicating poverty and hunge
- achieving universal primary education
- promoting gender equality
- reducing child mortality rate
- improving maternal health
- combating disease
- ensuring environmental sustainability
- developing a global partnership for development.
Saturday, November 6th
Arrival time for all participants: 11:00am
Ceremony Begins: 11:15am
Games Begin-End: 11:30am-12:30pm
Interviews available with Judy McPherson (Founder, Play Soccer Non-Profit International), Joe Fraga (Executive Director, The New York Cosmos) and Giovanni Savarese (Academy Director, Cosmos Academy East). Former New York Cosmos players may also be in attendance.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park (Queens, NY), Field #3
Judy McPherson – [email protected]
Theresa Tran – [email protected]
THE NEW YORK COSMOS PROUDLY SUPPORTS THE 2010 GLOBAL PEACE GAMES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH