Generation Amazing, CONCACAF boosts the lives of disadvantaged children
Sep 23, 2021 – 9:21 AM
A young football fan posing for a photo with the CONCACAF Champions Trophy.
Doha: Generation Amazing and CONCACAF are helping change the lives of disadvantaged young people in 41 countries in North and Central America through a joint program that was launched this summer at a community football event in Houston, in Texas.
During the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2021, organizations kicked off the program with a developmental football event for more than 200 children. CONCACAF Development Director Jason Roberts hosted the event, which included remarks from CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President Victor Montagliani, Houston Pro-Tem Mayor Dave Martin, General Secretary of the Qatar Football Association, Mansoor Al Ansari, and Generation Amazing Programs Director, Nasser Al Khori.
Following the opening remarks, Montagliani presented a co-branded commemorative soccer ball to Generation Amazing Executive Director Mushtaq Al Waeli to mark the official start of the program.
âLaunching our program at a youth development football event in Houston this summer was a great reflection on the long term goals of our partnership to help improve the lives of thousands of young people with CONCACAF in their member associations, âsaid Al. Khori. Participants from various Houston leagues and programs, including Special Olympics, took part in the football activities, which were moderated by CONCACAF coaches. The event marked the start of the four-year program which was developed in collaboration between CONCACAF and Generation Amazing.
Designed to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the program uses an innovative Football for Social Change methodology to improve equality and social inclusion.
“As a coach who has always focused on youth development, I was very inspired to see how Generation Amazing and CONCACAF came together to help the youth of the CONCACAF region,” said Bora Milutinovic, double winner of the Gold Cup. coach who was present at the activities and inspired the children to learn through football.
âThis event in Houston symbolized the power of football to inspire young people and change their lives and their communities for the better. We look forward to monitoring the progress of these young people over the next several years. “
The next phases of the program are expected to reach the entire region by 2025, ahead of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which will be hosted in the CONCACAF region by Canada, Mexico and the United States. Generation Amazing aims to positively impact the lives of one million young people by 2022.