A core element of Bobby’s philosophy is to take CONCRETE BABY STEPS which, as he writes in THE POWER OF THE INVISIBLE SUN “is not a token effort; it’s a tangible, usually hands-on response to a problem.”

But it’s key to remember that a concrete baby step is as important to the giver as it is to the receiver, with an exponential “return on investment” on both sides. A hand up (not a hand out) not only affects the person you are trying to help, it also affects you with the incredible “learning, living and feeling that flows through every human connection.” As Bobby writes, “It’s a win-win. Just do the math.”

Below are hands-on opportunities we’ve vetted both with our soccer partners, as well as incredible organizations that can help you find just about anything you might be looking for; in any sector, in the US or abroad, and for any kind of person (from high schoolers to CEO’s). We hope you take the time to explore them and dive in – because together, concrete baby steps can change the world.


• Launch a collection drive of gently-used sports equipment for children in developing countries


• Become a soccer coach for children in under served areas of America
• Start a soccer program for under served children in your community


• Hold a barefoot soccer tournament to provide soccer camps for children in developing countries
• Live in Africa for a year as an intern with an innovative soccer program for kids
• Take a work sabbatical and donate your professional expertise in Africa


• Find countless volunteer opportunities throughout the US and in more than 70 countries across the world
• Have a specialized corporate giving program set up at your company


• Join Ashoka's Support Network and donate your time/talents/resources if you are committed to advancing social entrepreneurship by building business-social bridges through people
• Join Ashoka’s Executive in Residence Program if you are a corporate executive or law firm associate looking for in-country volunteer opportunities with Ashoka Fellows around the world