Building Hope from just a Soccer Ball

“South Africa 2011.” Project Play. n. page. Print. <;.

This Photograph shows how the game of soccer can bring a third world country together

The above image shows young boys playing soccer in a dirt field. You can tell this is a poor community of South Africa because soccer fields are usually green luscious fields with proper nets. There clothes are simple showing that they don’t care or can afford much better ones. The community in the background suggests they live in poverty and that there a community who play pickup soccer together. The children are content with soccer game even though they only have a ball to play with. One child in the back is smiling and having a good time. All the kids are different sizes which suggests that all ages come together to play this soccer game. Also the terrain looks rough and most of the kids aren’t wearing shoes. The background shows that the field isn’t kept up with its over growing dead, dry grass.

The interpretation of this image shows how the little things can have such a huge effect. The children are obviously living in poverty and can’t afford proper footwear or soccer gear, but they make the best out of the little that they have. The dark terrain suggests a poorness but then the children are wearing bright colors which shows their sense of spirit. These kids come from nothing, as you can see the slums of South Africa, but a little game of soccer brings them all together and makes them delighted.  This picture was dated in 2010 in South Africa. By the events going on at that time you can tell that the world cup was happening then. South Africa is a poverty filled country but the World Cup did in fact bring the country many jobs and much more hope. Since South Africa has been preparing for the world cup in 2008, South African GDP has rose immensely and has created more than 300,000 jobs. The South African president, Thabo Mbeki, stated “This successful World Cup is a statement to ourselves that we have the capacity to change.” The South African country has also been spilt for a long time, with spilt political parties and corruption in the government. Nelson Mandela, another South African president said in 1996, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.” This event gives faith to all poverty filled countries that think its to late to turn around, and become first world.

It is possible for a sport to bring together a poverty filled country. All around the world the Olympics or other World Cups have been bringing distressed countries closer and closer together and making strides to produce a more effective world.


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  1. I really like the image you selected. Just from looking at it, I start to think about how different the setting is from where we live now (and not necessarily different in a positive way). Good job pointing out how soccer fields should be, with lucious green fields and nets. Try to avoid making assumptions in the description paragraph such as the kids don’t care about their image based on their clothes. Just state that their clothes are dirty and not in the best condition. Also, I like how you point out that the children are all different sizes. I would have missed this detail. In addition, good knowledge of what was going on at the time the picture was taken. The fact that the World Cup was taking place gives good support to the story behind the image. A change to make may be to include the World Cups influence in your thesis. The closing paragraph is more of a thesis based on what you talk about in your description/interpretation. Overrall, good job. There are some spelling/grammatical errors if you want to edit those before this is due tomorrow.

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