Soccer Champs Join The Fight Against HIV

By Katie Cunningham | January 29, 2013

Africa Cup champions Chipolopolo's sign game ball, which is being auctioned on eBay to raise money for EGPAF.

Our friends on Zambia’s national football team, Chipolopolo, are defending their championship this year at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, but they haven’t forgotten about our fight against pediatric AIDS.

Are you watching the Africa Cup of Nations this month? EGPAF certainly is – and we’re cheering on Zambia’s National Football team Chipolopolo as they defend their championship title in the 2013 tournament!

The tournament, which began January 19, is a chance for Zambia’s team to make history yet again after winning the country’s first-ever Africa Cup last year. Chipolopolo, which means “copper bullets” in honor of Zambia’s main export, has been the country’s pride since the nation gained independence in 1964. But the team has also been a champion for people living with HIV. In Zambia, nearly 13 percent of those between the ages of 15-49 are living with HIV, as are more than 170,000 children according to UNAIDS.

To contribute to the fight against HIV/AIDS, members of Chipolopolo, including star captain Chris Katongo, recently autographed a football to help raise funds for EGPAF. This football will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, and 100 percent of the proceeds from this auction will support EGPAF’s Zambia programs.

You can bid to win this awesome piece of football history here. The auction will last through February 7. We thank Chipolopolo for this gift, and we wish them luck!

Katie Cunningham is Corporate Partnerships Officer for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.