Over the past couple of years, we’ve told you about our guy Ethan King and some of the INCREDIBLE things he’s been doing with his Charity Ball Foundation around the world.
Beans and I first met Ethan over the InterWebs back in 2011 when this precocious little 12 year old reached out to us wanting to introduce himself and let us know what Charity Ball was all about. I’ll repeat that again. Ethan was 12 years old and was reaching out to talk to us about this idea he had come up with while visiting Africa two years earlier with his Dad.
To sit back and hear first hand what this kid was trying to accomplish (with some help from his parents) was nothing short of amazing.
‘A Small Act Of Kindness Is More Powerful Than The Greatest Intention’ <- Think about that statement for a second.
As time went on, Beans and I stayed connected with Ethan through Twitter, E-mails, Text Messages….
And then the powerful imagery started coming through along with his trips along with collaborations….
It’s one thing to try and plan something like this… Another to be on the ground and see the impact that the Charity Ball Play [well] Cup Tournament had on the children.
So as the conversations went on between Ethan and ourselves, we wanted to figure out a way to be involved in some aspect.
It wasn’t just us that was paying attention. Dress Code NY travelled alongside Ethan on one of his many trips to Africa and put together this incredibly powerful mini – documentary.
Which leads us to today and why I’m writing this article. Ethan just got back from Rio this past week after Charity Ball partnered up with Johnson & Johnson to hand deliver 500+ soccer balls to children in the Favelas. Not only was Huffington Post paying attention, but major Brazilian local media outlet Terra was as well.
Take a second and look at that face above. That’s a small, but very powerful glimpse of what this game can do.
Thank you Ethan.
Thank you for inspiring so many around the world, including ourselves here on a daily basis. We’re honored to call you our friend.