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See How The #AllGirlsCanPlay Initiative Saved This Girl From a Forced Marriage

Soccer has brought us all kinds of inspiration over the last few weeks. We’ve seen how famous soccer stars are helping young girls build confidence through the sport, and we’ve witnessed the USWNT become world champions for a historic third time. Now we get to report on the young girls who have benefited from the Only World Play Project and its #AllGirlsCanPlay initiative.

The project launched in May and is a partnership with various organizations to raise 2,200 One World Futbols (ultra-durable soccer balls — that never need a pump or go flat, even when punctured) for girls with limited access to sports equipment. Here are just two stories from young girls who have benefited from One World Play Project’s partnerships. Without these opportunities to play, their lives would be very different.

Linda, from Cambodia, was about to be forced into marriage until a future in soccer, through SALT Academy, changed that:

Fernanda, from Guatemala, felt lost after moving to the U.S. Then she rediscovered her love of sport through Soccer Without Borders and has been building friendships ever since:

The ball-raising campaign runs through the end of August, so there’s still time to help more girls get access to play. Spread the word on social media with the hashtag #AllGirlsCanPlay or support the initiative by visiting allgirlscanplay.com.

You know how amazing it feels to step on the field, court or track and play. Let’s make that a feeling every girl gets to have.

Want even more soccer? Learn about champion soccer player and MAKER Mia Hamm by watching her story in the video above.

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