In February we asked the Club members to tell us why a Kia Sportage would help them promote football. The FIFA.com community quickly rallied to our call for submissions, delivering hundreds of inspiring entries and photographs. Our editorial staff compiled a shortlist of the six most powerful stories and Club members were able to vote for their favourite story, ultimately deciding which one of the six finalists would drive away in a brand-new Kia Sportage!
ChrisBB’s 'Changing the world one football at a time' submission resonated with the community and the Colombian swept up the votes. This past weekend, ChrisBB received his massive prize during a special ceremony at a Kia dealership in Bogota, Colombia. We spoke to the Colombian after he received the keys to his new Kia.
FIFA.com: What was it like to actually see your new car on the showroom floor at Kia?
ChrisBB: To see my actual brand new Kia Sportage sitting on the showroom floor was a breathtaking experience. I had a smile throughout the entire event and every couple of seconds I couldn't help but glance over to my right to see my new car. I love the car. I love everything about it!
Do you have any plans for upcoming road-trips or football work, now that you have your Kia?
As with any new car, a little road trip is a rite of passage that every car has to make! So I will probably take some family and friends on road trips throughout the country. Obviously, I will also continue with my project to try and change the world one football at a time.
There were a lot of journalists in attendance. Did you expect so much attention?
To be honest, I didn’t. I was interviewed for TV shows, magazines, newspapers, blogs, websites and I even did a live radio interview at the event. It was a little overwhelming at first since I have never done anything like this before so I didn't know which camera to look at or which person to answer first. It’s a day I’ll never forget.
You delivered a speech at the handover. Could you tell our Club members a little about it?
I explained how I learned about the contest, which was being promoted on Kia Colombia's Facebook page at the time. I shared with the audience how amazing this contest was and described how everyone came together to help out in different countries. I thanked God, my family, my friends and the entire community for helping me out and for giving me this amazing prize and opportunity.
Could you describe the handover event a little for all those users that weren't there?
After the acceptance and thank you speech, there was a photo shoot and questions from the press. We had some breakfast after this and everyone had a chance to socialize with me and just have a good time. At the end of the event, I gave a football to each member of the press to give him or her first-hand experience of what it was that I did. It was a sight to see how even the members of the press got really excited and even started playing with the footballs right then and there inside the Kia showroom.
I want to give a very special thank you to FIFA for organizing this fantastic contest with the help of KIA. And another very special thank you to everyone who voted for my story. I hope this motivates people to help out in their community and also to spread the love of football to every crevice in the world. Remember guys; if everyone chips in we may just might change this world for better, one football at a time.