the GOAL!!! of the human spirit

Many of us want to make a difference in the world, but just don’t know how to start — and I would argue that many of us do, even if we think we don’t. However, there are some people out there who are just plain amazing. Lawrence Cann is one of those people and this week, we feature his story.

Lawrence is seemingly not any difference from anyone else. Throughout life, he traveled from job to another and found it difficult to stick to any one thing for very long. He is passionate about art and literature, but his first love is soccer. Several years ago, he made a trip to South America where he encountered real poverty up-close-and-personal for the first time. Like many of us, he had seen pictures and heard stories, but this was different. He returned back to his home of Charlotte, NC wanting to combat poverty.

But how? Where do you start?

Lawrence found that the best place to start . . . is where you are. He determined early on that the first step to overcoming poverty was restoring the human spirit.

His vehicle — what else, but soccer.

In addition to now working for the Urban Ministry Center, Lawrence is the founder of Street Soccer, which now has teams across the U.S. and even holds a World Cup Tournament. The success of Street Soccer has earned Lawrence the title of “Hero” by People Magazine this past year.

So tune in and listen to this amazing story. You will be amazed at the sheer resourcefulness of Lawrence’s ability to turn desire into action.  I encourage you to share his insight about the need of the impoverished for socialization, structure and of all things, relaxation.

DOWNLOAD: Helping Homelessness Through Art and Athletics: Just Do It. (30 minutes)

CREDITS: “Helping Homelessness Through Art and Athletics: Just Do It.” Provoke Radio. August 24, 2008. www.provokeradio.com


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