Michael Mitchell was a member of the Peace Corps many years ago in Niger and had never forgotten the impact that playing the sport of soccer had on the children. He always wanted to return to Niger with soccer balls to donate and spent many years raising money for this. When Robin found Michael on the internet he had already established Project Play, a not for profit organization dedicated to bringing soccer balls and the power of sport to developing countries. Niger was first on his list. After a year of corresponding, (Michael in Brazil and Robin in Toronto), Michael had 2,000 soccer balls and a team of volunteers ready to make the journey to Niger. He promised to give the first 100 balls to the community of Liboré. In anticipation of the visit, the community of Liboré organized ongoing tournaments so that the finals would take place when Michael arrived. It was a phenomenal day and everyone in the community came out to watch the games and the official handover of the 100 soccer balls. Smiles and cheers of the children were captured in photographs and the day will live on in their memories forever.
To view photos of Michael and Project Play in Liboré, click here.