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Dec 17, 2010 - Philippe Troussier Named Peace Ball Ambassador
Philippe Troussier and Peace Ball Representative Yamamoto Takashi announce their joint goal of delivering footballs to young people in need
More than a decade ago, participants travelling on Peace Boat were so taken aback to find children playing football with crumpled plastic bottles for lack of proper equipment, that they started collecting donated footballs to deliver to communities in need. Peace Boat's Peace Ball Project was born from this initiative, and since then has delivered approximately 10,000 sporting items to 40 countries around the world, and launched a football team that has played in India, Jordan, Spain, and Canada. Recently,Peace Ball gained a valuable new ally in its goal of promoting peace and opportunity through sports when Philippe Troussier, highly popular former manager of the Japan National Football Team, became the Goodwill Ambassador for the Peace Ball Project.

In his capacity as Goodwill Ambassador, Mr. Troussier will help call for 1,000 footballs to be donated to Peace Ball by mid-January, 2011. They will then be loaded on Peace Boat's ship before it departs for its 72nd Global Voyage on January 23, 2011, and during the Voyage the balls will delivered to facilities for street children and youth soccer teams in Morocco, the Philippines, Peru, India, Libya and Spain.

Explaining why he teamed up with Peace Ball, Mr. Troussier said, "I have traveled to three continents as a football manager. Countries around the world share passion for football and it's is loved in all continents. However, the environment in which children enjoy soccer varies from country to country. While it is taken for granted that our children in Europe and Japan are able to practice soccer with soccer balls everyday, one would often see children playing soccer with cans rather than soccer balls in places such as Africa. We must change this reality!"

In addition, Mr. Troussier has served as the General Manager of FC Ryuku, a football team in Okinawa whose motto is "We play for peace." Nearly 75 percent of all U.S. military bases in Japan are located in Okinawa, despite the fact that Okinawa makes up less than one percent of Japan's total territory, and this disproportionate burden has become a source of tension for many. It is within this context that FC Ryuku chose to make playing for peace its primary goal, and the team will also help to promote the Peace Ball Project.

Peace Ball welcomes the participation of members of the public in gathering footballs (size 3-5) to deliver to children around the world, and will also accept other items such as uniforms and spikes. Please place the soccer balls in cardboard boxes and send them to B1, 3-13-1 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku, Tokyo 169-0075, Japan. Peace Ball cannot cover shipping and handling costs.

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