Part I: 1 on 1 with Tim Jahnigen, co-founder of the One World Futbol Project
Goalden has been following the One World Futbol Project very closely. They have inspired much of what we do as bloggers. For those of you unaware of what this projects mission is, co-founders Tim Jahnigen and Lisa Tarver, along with the helpful hand of celebrity musician and actor Sting, have embarked upon a journey of creating the world’s most durable ball in order to allow anyone anywhere – under any circumstances – to have the joy of playing with a real soccer ball. Team Goalden was lucky enough to have a 1 on 1 with one of the co-founders of the project Tim Jahnigen.
Goalden: Here at Goalden our main goal is to write about topics that will help ameliorate soccer in North America, and ultimately the world. With this in mind, do you see your project/foundation as something that can assist in the development of soccer across the world? If so, how?
Tim Jahnigen: We feel that the One World Futbol can be the foundation of all soccer programs where grass and turf are in short supply. Anywhere and everywhere. The fact that the ball can withstand the harshest terrain and weather makes it ideal for skill building, team building, scrimmages and all around recreational applications. An individual, team or program can count on the One World Futbol to perform on demand and in place of hundreds to thousands of balls in its lifetime.
Goalden: Tell us a little bit about the technology of the ball. How does it differ from a real soccer ball, if at all?
Tim Jahnigen: The only thing that the One World Futbol has in common with a “real” soccer ball is that they are both round. After that, the One World Futbol is unique in every way and is one of the first true innovations in ball technology in hundreds if not thousands of years.
The technological advances in World Cup balls are impressive but require a trained eye and the highest skill level to get the best out of them.
The One World Futbol is not meant to compete with competition or game balls. They are meant to meet the needs of the largest segment of the largest sport on the planet. Most of the world’s population does not have consistent access to groomed fields. We call it “A Real Ball for the Real World”
The One World Futbol requires no pump and will never go flat even if punctured or driven over due the proprietary materials and manufacturing method and technology. This patent-pending solution allows for adaptability and refinement and can be of service on many levels.
Goalden: What are some of the short-term and long-term goals of your foundation?
Tim Jahnigen: In the short term the One World Futbol Project is committed to working with various partners and organizations to distribute one million balls in the first three years. To do that our wonderful and dedicated team is doing all it can to spread the word, establish close ties with effective and successful organizations and to help all these programs to improve, save money and bring more smiles to the faces of children in the most challenging places.
In the long term we want to be the ball of choice for development, conflict resolution and health education. We plan to serve any and all sports that use balls that require a pump and pressure in order to help those sports (and organizations using sports to support their mission) expand exponentially in the developing world with confidence and vision.