Grassroot Soccer

Grassroot Soccer uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV. To achieve their mission, Grassroot Soccer continuously improves their innovative HIV prevention and life-skills curriculum, shares their program and concept effectively, and utilizes the popularity of soccer to increase their impact.  Grassroot Soccer hopes to see a world mobilized through soccer to create an AIDS-free generation.

Q&A with Sikhumbuzo Mnculwane

If you could snap your fingers and change one thing about the world, what would it be?

I would change the kind of leaders the world has. I would want to be lead by younger, more innovative leaders who are open to new solutions to the world’s challenges and less concerned with their political future.

If you could have dinner with one person (living or dead), who would it be and why?

My dad. He passed away a few years ago and I have loads of questions for him about being a man and trying to build a successful life.

You just won the Nobel Peace Prize. What is your acceptance speech in five words or less?

It’s an honor. Thank you.

What is the importance of humor in your work?

Humor breaks the ice when discussing sensitive issues with young people. We deal with many serious issues in young people’s lives and a little humor can brighten up the day for everyone. It helps to forget the world’s problems for a moment.

Learn more about Grassroot Soccer at grassrootsoccer.org

Sikhumbuzo Mnculwane, better known as SK, is the site coordinator for Grassroot Soccer in Alexandra, South Africa.

Take a Stand

Stand Up Planet showcases life in some of the toughest places on Earth – in parts of India and South Africa – through the lens and experiences of stand-up comics. Is comedy the great connector? Stand Up Planet calls on all of us to stand up – to watch, learn and take action to end global poverty.


…to tell Congress you support U.S. foreign aid to end global poverty. Did you know that the United States spends less than 1 percent of its annual budget to end global poverty? By signing this pledge, you’re inviting us to stay touch and let you know the important moments to tell Congress what you think. (Oxfam America)



…to the organizations you’ve just seen in Stand Up Planet who are working on the ground every day in India and South Africa to change lives, one by one.



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