Outside of perhaps the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup, you will not find a larger sporting event than the Euro Cup. It is followed in all parts of the world and has a hold on even casual fans of the game.
Personally, I’ve loved every minute of the action and can’t stand missing a match. I do, however, still understand why many have difficulty watching the game. Unlike the other major professional sports in North America, soccer is fairly low scoring with many finals ending in a draw. A 0-0 result is a far more regular affair than the 4-3 matches that casual viewers thirst for. I’ve always enjoyed the drama of a high scoring game, that’s certain, but I’ve especially enjoyed them since learning of the charitable initiative run by UEFA at these Euros, as well as the past few cups.
As part the UEFA’s commitment to providing improved access and facilities for disabled soccer fans, the organization has been donating €3000 for every goal to the Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE). The centre will take any funds it receives to continue the work that began with the UEFA EURO 2012 Respect Inclusion program. The program aims to make the global game something everyone can enjoy, helping to raise stadium and club standards in accessibility. Seeing that this cup is being played in Poland and Ukraine, the majority of funds will go towards social projects in these two countries.
On July 1st, Spain and Italy will face off for the Euro title with €216,000 having already been raised. With any luck, we’ll have a final that’s both exciting and charitable, which of course means loads of goals!
For more information on the UEFA’s social commitments and initiatives click here.