North American Team News

The weekly campus news paper at the University of Dayton recently featured an article about CFDP!!

Check out the story in the online Flyer News!!

Click HERE! Flyer News

We have started planning for next summer! While things move forward on the ground in Cameroon, we are busy here in the US looking forward for the future of CFDP. We have budgeted for two months of activities in Summer 2011 to include organization-building, management and leadership training, workshops for existing and new leaders, and another round of summer holiday soccer camps for youth. We are excited to build upon our fantastic start in 2010.

We need your help! We are interested in collecting TEAM SETS OF USED SOCCER JERSEYS for the 2011 Summer Expo. The jerseys are a vital incentive and reward for communities who are implementing CFDP sessions. They motivate the individual players and instill confidence in them as members of their team.

Additionally, we are looking for new or gently used:

  • Soccer Balls
  • Soccer Shoes
  • Shin guards
  • Socks
  • Professional or Local Club Jerseys
  • Goalkeeper jersey and gloves

We have some great ideas to make the most of this equipment…more details to come on how we plan to use this!

In 2010, we carried a few suitcases stuffed with equipment…This year we want to fill up an entire shipping container!


PLEASE EXCUSE THE LONG SILENCE SINCE OUR LAST POST!!

WELCOME TO OUR NEW BLOG!

WE WILL STRIVE TO DO A BETTER JOB KEEPING UP WITH ALL THINGS CAMEROON AND FOOTBALL AND DEVELOPMENT, RELATED TO OUR PROGRAM.

CHEERS!

First Things First…Content From Our October Newsletter…


For two beautiful sunny days in August, Allegheny Commons Park on the North Side of Pittsburgh was alive with the sights and sounds of Africa. People came from across the city and region to eat fresh foods and become immersed in the culture through the arts and musical performances that represent the beautiful people of Africa. UMOJA African Arts Company hosted the event for the 6th year in a row. Vendors from the area -extending southeast to Washington, D.C. and north to Cleveland – exhibited fine art, jewlery, dresses, and food for all who attended. Cameroon Football Development Program held down an information tent with many other local non-profits. It was a great opportunity to meet people in the community who are interested in what we do. Many residents of the North Side expressed their interest to get their children involved in soccer – something fresh and different. While we are dedicated to implementing the youth soccer camps in Cameroon right now… there is much potential for future growth in the local community!
Some pictures from the days’ events…
Vendors sell African dresses, bags, jewlery, wooden sculptures, drums, and other pieces of art under the cool shade of a tree. Many, if not all, of the goods come directly from one of 54 nations (or 46, depending who you ask).

Sister Bea leads a group of festival-goers in a traditional African Dance. She is lead by the beat of drums given by Master Drummer and Dancer Aboubaca Camara (Oscar) and friends of the Guinea West African Drum and Dance Ensemble.


Wooden masks and sculptures in the sun.

Stilt Walker from the Ivory Coast makes his rounds during both afternoons of the festival. He danced quite well!

We made many friends this year…We hope to see you there in 2011!

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