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Local organizations celebrate the Calabash World Cup Kick-Off


MADISON (WKOW) -- The World Cup is now underway, drawing millions of viewers.

The UW-Madison African Studies Program (ASP) and the University Wellness Foundation, a community youth-empowerment organization, are celebrating the Calabash World Cup Kick-Off with a free outdoor screening of the South Africa versus Mexico opener.

The event will be held in conjunction with Calabash Gifts, 2608 Monroe Street and Rice's Service Station, 2620 Monroe St.

In the afternoon after the match, kids can kick around a soccer ball with UW-Madison student-athletes at Wingra Park, and have a photo taken with the official World Cup soccer ball and a replica of the FIFA World Cup Trophy at Krakora Photography Studio, 2618 Monroe St., as part of a fundraiser for the University Wellness Fund. They are sending donated soccer gear to children in South Africa. University Wellness Foundation is a group that helps at-risk kids.

In the evening, fans can finish off the day with a lecture by political science professor Michael Schatzberg on "African Football, African Politics, and the World Cup" at Victor Allen's Coffee & Tea, 2623 Monroe St.

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