Grassroot Soccer South Africa Celebrates World AIDS Day

Grassroot Soccer South Africa Celebrates World AIDS Day

On Sunday, 30 November 2014, Grassroot Soccer and Fives Futbol hosted a World AIDS Day 5v5 soccer tournament at Fives Futbol Century City in Cape Town, South Africa. In South Africa, young women aged 15-24 are up to eight times more likely than young men to have HIV. The threat of gender-based violence further fuels this risk, resulting in new infections and ingraining social norms that hinder safe sexual practice. Positive role models are crucial to keep youth HIV-free and provide opportunities for them to become leaders on and off the field. Grassroot Soccer creates safe spaces for youth to play soccer, take action in their communities, access information about HIV and AIDS, and get tested. In coordination with the TB/HIV Care Association, World Design Capital project Rock Girl #WDC373, and sponsors including The MAC AIDS Fund, ABSA/Barclays, University of Stellenbosch, Forward Zone, Vasco da Gama and POWERade, Grassroot Soccer launched the inaugural #IAMAFOOTBALLER World AIDS Day soccer tournament to raise awareness for HIV prevention and care in South Africa. The #IAMAFOOTBALLER 5v5 tournament hosted 20 teams, who competed for great prizes and an opportunity to give back to their communities. All proceeds went go to Grassroot Soccer’s work to prevent HIV in South Africa.

Tags: Football, Education, Child & Youth Development, Health, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Grassrootsoccer,

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