SOUTH AFRICA / MICHAEL BALLACK

21-Jan-2013 00:02:11
German football star Ballack was on a 3-day fact-finding mission in South Africa this weekend to learn about how HIV impacts lives. UNAIDS
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STORY: SOUTH AFRICA / MICHAEL BALLACK
TRT: 2.11
SOURCE: UNAIDS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 18-19 JANUARY 2013, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
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19 JANUARY 2013, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1. Various shots, Michael Ballack playing football with Grassroots soccer (GRS) programme participants
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Ballack, UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador:
"They are talking about AIDS or HIV, what it means to get infected, how they can get infected and this connected with some exercises works really, really well and I think they remember really well."
3. Med shot, feet kicking ball
4. Med shot, Ballack coaching young people
5. Wide shot, young players practicing drills
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Ballack, UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador:
"What I have seen today, it gives me a lot of hope for the future because the youth kids they have the power, they can change it by themselves, but they need help as well. What I have seen they really listen to us, they are really motivated and that makes hope."
7. Close up, feet
8. Med shot, UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé
9. Wide shot, James Donald, Country Director for Grassroot Soccer South Africa addressing participants
10. SOUNDBITE (English) James Donald, Country Director for Grassroot Soccer South Africa:
"Having someone like Michael Ballack here immediately raises the sort of tone of the event. Children here feel important just because they know there are important people here. Seeing him participate in the same discussions, do the activities, it adds to the legitimacy of what we do."
11. Med shot, GRS coach giving instructions
12. Close up, player’s feet performing drill
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Sihle, 19, GRS Programme Participant:
"Today I have learned a lot of things from Michael Ballack, that he is not just an ordinary person. He is a person who gives back to people who are needy and who are HIV. You know, that is a great thing to do."
14. Med shot, Ballack and Sidibé chanting pep rally song
15. Wide shot, Ballack and young players posing for photos

18 JANUARY 2013, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

16. Wide shot, Johannesburg
17. Med shot, entrance of Health4Men at Yeoville clinic
18. Close up, condoms
19. Tilt up, Ballack wearing AIDS ribbon
20. Wide shot, Ballack listening to Health4Men programme manager Glen de Swardt
21. Med shot, Ballack autographing football
STORYLINE
UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador and football star, Michael Ballack spent the weekend in South Africa learning how HIV impacts lives there.

On Saturday (19 January), the German footballer visited the Grassroot Soccer programme in Soweto, South Africa and participated in a Skillz Street practice session involving about 50 boys and girls.

Ballack, who retired from active football at the end of last year, witnessed how football is transforming lives in South Africa.

SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Ballack, UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador:
"They are talking about AIDS or HIV, what it means to get infected, how they can get infected and this connected with some exercises works really, really well and I think they remember really well."

The football star said these young players were very motivated and expressed hope that their energy can be harnessed to bring positive change.

SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Ballack, UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador:
"What I have seen today, it gives me a lot of hope for the future because the youth kids they have the power, they can change it by themselves, but they need help as well. What I have seen they really listen to us, they are really motivated and that makes hope."

Grassroot Soccer uses soccer to educate, inspire and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV.

SOUNDBITE (English) James Donald, Country Director for Grassroot Soccer South Africa:
"Having someone like Michael Ballack here immediately raises the sort of tone of the event. Children here feel important just because they know there are important people here. Seeing him participate in the same discussions, do the activities, it adds to the legitimacy of what we do."

The young men and women showed their admiration for Ballack, who they see as a role model.

SOUNDBITE (English) Sihle, 19, GRS Programme Participant:
"Today I have learned a lot of things from Michael Ballack, that he is not just an ordinary person. He is a person who gives back to people who are needy and who are HIV. You know, that is a great thing to do."

The football champion was joined by UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé on his tour of the programme.

During his visit, Ballack also visited the Health4Men initiative at the Yeoville Clinic in Johannesburg, which caters to men who have sex with men, a key population at higher risk of HIV.

Michael Ballack has been a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador since 2006.
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