The 'GOL ILUMINADO'
In 2006 Chilean Football Legand Elias Figueroa and his long time friend and collaborator in FutbolMasters, Steve Leighton undertook a new challenge. Their vision was to create a Charity Foundation and Goodwill Organization which would provide 'Education Through Sport' programs and initiatives to families and children in need and at risk. The Gol Iluminado Foundation was established as a Federally Registered 501 (c)(3) Not For Profit Organization in June 2007 and in a short period of time has evolved into a dynamic and prolific force, recognized by world leaders and the most credible individuals and Organizations involved in the 'Sport For Development and Peace movement', worldwide. We have established a collaboration with the Peace and Sport Organization, which works under the High Patronage of H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco, as well as the World Olympians Association and its President, Joel Bouzou. Elias Figueroa has been appointed as a Champion For Peace and Ambassador of Peace and Sport.
The Gol Iluminado Foundation was awarded the Peace and Sport Event of The Year at a ceremony in Monaco in November 2013 for the work and Goodwill that has been accomplished and implemented for the Indigenous Peoples of Chile.
The Foundation is named after an event that has become synonomous to Figueroa. The “Gol Iluminado”. Figueroa's famous goal was immediately 'tabbed' as the "Gol Iluminado" by commentators and fans alike. Legend has it that a ray of light pierced through the stadium stands on a dismally overcast day, illuminating an area in the penalty box at the very moment and in the space where Figueroa headed the ball into the roof of the net. An amazing and 'spiritual like' event for the fans of SC Internacional of Porto Alegre, Brasil, where Figueroa was Captain and the reigning South American Player of The Year. The game finished 1-0 against Cruzeiro at the Beira-Ri Stadium. The thrilling victory crowned SC International as Champions of Brasil for the very first time in their history. The LEGEND was established ! The Gol Iluminado - The "Illuminated Goal" was a natural and logical name for a Foundation whose mission is to CHANGE LIVES through LEGACY initiatives. Hear and See the "Gol Iluminado" below.
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The Gol Iluminado Foundation organizes its Goodwill Projects, Events and Activities through Four initiative Brands and Movements
The Gol Iluminado Team
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In The Beginning...
The Gol Iluminado Foundation was incorporated in 2007 as a US 501(c)(3) Federal Non-Profit Organization with the purpose of utilizing SPORT as a catalyst to create, implement and sustain a network of LEGACY iniiatives for children and families in need and at risk. The origin of the foundations' core beliefs dates back to 1984, when a group of legendary footballers gathered in Amsterdam and formed 'FutbolMasters'.
Founding Members of FutbolMasters - Amsterdam - April, 1984
Johan Cruyff, Kevin Keegan, Gerd Muller, Elias Figueroa, (Hotel Manager), Steve Leighton, Eusebio, Teofilo Cubillas, Franz Beckenbauer