From humble beginnings
Play for Change was set up in 2010 by sports business entrepreneur Andrea Radrizzani with the mission statement of giving children the best start in life. Since then we have evolved and expanded and in 2013 we obtained our charitable status.
For our first action we produced TV interviews with football players from the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and in doing so, raised USD 60,000 which was invested to acquire an orphanage in Bali, known as Yayasan Kasia Peduli Anak (YKPA) home.
The world famous players helped us spread messages of hope, joy and aspiration to young people which was broadcasted to millions around the world. It was here that we saw the beginning of our promise to support YKPA where we help street children.
Since then we have been continuing to support the orphanage to maintain constant access to education and play. Our biggest success story has been Cutish, a 19 year old Balinese girl, who graduated from nursing school in 2015 after being at the YKPA Play for Change orphanage.
We have partnered with a number of federations to help us spread the power of sport across the world, which has helped us strengthen our programmes.
...TO AMBITIOUS FUTURES
We are ambitious about creating access to recreational activities and developing soft skills for children and young people worldwide.
At Play for Change we believe in the power of sport being able to improve lives and communities.
Sport has been able to unite communities, like in Belgium where we have enabled young refugees to play with their peers in the Belgian community through our Schools Cup programme.
Sport has removed social challenges like in our programme Slam Dunk where we have taught disadvantage young women key skills.
Sport can transform communities like in our Nepal programme 'Khelaun Khelaun ' where we have up skilled local people and rebuilt playgrounds in a district devastated by earthquakes.
We don't want to stop there and we are passionate about strengthening and developing our sport programmes so that more children and their comunities are transformed.