Passion for soccer, compassion for the poor. This is the spirit of Oliver. To celebrate and carry forward this spirit, we are establishing a memorial fund that will provide nearly indestructible soccer balls to organizations that use soccer to support positive identity, life skills, and future opportunities for less fortunate and homeless youths in Florida and in Latin America, in areas where access to fields and equipment is limited. In the back streets, conventional soccer balls have a limited life span. They puncture, they tear, they are tossed away. We will be arranging to source, ship, import and distribute a ball that, upon puncture, endures, revives, renews. This is Oliver’s spirit. Our goal is to support the power of soccer to bring lasting value and hope to less advantaged communities – in celebration of the life and spirit of Oliver “Forever” Strong.
Our initial goal is to import thousands of ultra-durable soccer balls to Buenaventura, Colombia, from Taiwan. The balls will be customised in memory of Oliver. They will be distributed via local non-profit organisations. We will also then import a portion of the balls to Florida for distribution to disadvantaged communities in the Greater Miami area.