2010 South Africa

“Girlz Got Skillz”

April 2010: Cape Town

Fifty female soccer players from Namibia, the U.S., and South Africa gathered in Cape Town for a leadership summit on soccer and girls’ health in collaboration with Grassroot Soccer. The girls engaged in a sunup-to-sundown regimen of cultural, leadership, and life-skills activities that challenged to the core everything they knew about health and gender issues, and turned them into role models, able to pass along their newfound skills to their peers at home.

  • 21 Namibian girls, 14-19 years old from AED’s HIV prevention program in northern Namibia
  • 21 South African girls, 14-19 years old from Grassroot Soccer’s street soccer HIV prevention program in Khayelitsha, Cape Town
  • 11 American girls, 14-19 years old from two youth select soccer teams in North Carolina and Washington, DC
  • Members of Namibian and South African Women’s National Soccer Teams
  • U.S. Women’s National Team Olympic medalists and FIFA World Cup winners Danielle Slaton and Cindy Parlow
  • Academy for Educational Development (AED)
  • Grassroot Soccer
  • Helen Zille, Premier of Western Cape
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Namibian Ministries of Education, Health, & Youth
  • South African Airways
  • South African Women’s National Soccer Team
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Consulate, Cape Town
International media outlets provided substantial coverage of the Summit including Seventeen Magazine and journals and radio in Namibia and South Africa.
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Female soccer players from Namibia, the U.S. and South Africa

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Namibian Girls, 14-19 years old

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South African girls, 14-19 years old

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American GIrls, 14-19 years old