Copa de Oro + sOccket balls

I’m getting really anxious for this Sunday because I’ve been invited by State Farm to a 2011 CONCACAF Copa de Oro (Gold Cup) quarterfinal game in D.C. where I’ll get to try out the new sOccket™ ball! … I’ll be sure to take plenty of photos and video to share, and I’ll also be live tweeting. Until then, here’s a preview of the ball:

State Farm has partnered with sOccket™, (a soccer ball created by Uncharted Play, Inc. that generates and stores electricity via physical play) – and launched their new program, “Juega Hoy. Ilumina El Mañana” – which gives electricity to those who lack access in Latin American and Caribbean countries. (31 million people in Latin America and more than a quarter of Latin American rural communities have no electricity.)

Want to help?:

• Click the Juega e Ilumina tab on the State Farm Latino Facebook page, where you’ll have the opportunity to generate and donate over 2,000 sOccket™ balls.

• “Like” the videos of Futbol Freestylers on the Facebook page and you’ll add one minute of light to the represented country.

• Play the featured game, Play & Illuminate, where you can choose the country you wish to send sOccket™ energy balls and then play to donate. (I chose El Salvador!)

• Download a brand new iPhone app, Kick4ACause, which is a virtual soccer game you can play to help donate sOcckets. Every 15 minutes of play collected will result in one sOccket™ ball donation. The more you play, the more sOccket™ balls State Farm will donate.

Disclosure: I will be going to a Gold Cup game at the invitation of State Farm. All opinions are my own.

Posted on June 14, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.

  1. How fun! Why are you anxious, Tracy? Do you play soccer?

  2. What an amazing cause. Thank you for sharing with me. My son LOVES kiking the ball around. I can kill two birds with one stone if I purchase this ball. When will they go on the market?

    • Excellent question – I don’t know if they’ll be sold in the general market in the U.S. — I will ask on Sunday!

  3. that’s really nice that you play soccer, I would like to , but I am a very lazy girl :(

  4. claudiadelcid

    Espero que metas un goooooooooolll! Have fun!

  5. I read about this last year in Popular Mechanics. So impressed that it’s become a reality! Very, very cool.

  6. How fun Tracy!! Can’t wait to read you tweets!! heading over to State Farm page!

  7. that might be fun to take camping….I just played the little game…since they didn’t have Bolivia, I chose El Salvador :)

  8. I could only think of my husband while reading this and how much electricity he could generate on his own!
    Who´s playing on Sunday?
    Any soccer game is guaranteed diversión!!! Luego me cuentas!

    • Last night’s games decided it – now we finally know —- U.S. vs. Jamaica!!! … So excited to see our team play, and Jamaica is a worthy opponent. Should be a great game.

  9. What a cool ball! Makes me want to sign my kids up for soccer so they can charge their own DS! lol! Have a great time!

    • Genius idea, Lexie! … If they made a DS that could only be powered by playing with the ball first, I would buy it! – It would force a better balance between active and sedentary activities.

      And if my laptop was ball powered, I would have to play soccer all day. ROFL.

  10. You have no idea how excited we are. Ok, more my husband but I’m a supportive wife. ;0)

  11. Very cool – My husband, brother-in-law, nephew and father-in-law went to the Mexico-Costa Rica game on Sunday – enjoy both the game and the sOccket!

  12. Awesome! That’s a really cool soccer ball, definitely DLing the app to my phone and have Kiddo go at it, haha. Can’t wait to read how it went :)

  13. WOW! This is awesome and so inventive!!!!!

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