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Franz Gastler
A black-and-white photo of caucasian male in his late 20s.
Gastler in 2012
Alma materBoston University,
Harvard Law School
Occupation(s)social activist, teacher, football coach
Known forYuwa-India

Franz Gastler (born in 1982 in Edina, Minnesota) is an American social activist, teacher and football coach who works primarily in India. He is the co-founder and executive director of non-government organisation (NGO) Yuwa-India.

Early life and education[edit]

Gastler studied at Edina High School and graduated in 2000.[1] He attended University Professors Program of Boston University, and received his bachelor of arts and master of arts in international political economy. He is certified in negotiation and mediation from the "university consortium" Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School.[2][3] He underwent internship at the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit in Bogota, Colombia.

He participated in various sports. He received training in judo at the United States Olympic Training Center. He is experienced in coaching alpine skiing for 12 years, and played ice hockey as a goaltender.[2]

Social activism[edit]

In 2008, he joined Krishi Gram Vikas Kendra (English: Agriculture Rural Development Center), a Jharkhand based NGO, as an English teacher. During his time as a teacher, he lived in a "farmer's mud hut". He was asked by one of his students to teach her to play football.[4] He founded Yuwa-India with the financial help of his high school friends, Greg Deming, Sephen Peterson, and Erik Odland, to use football as a platform to combat child marriage, illiteracy and human trafficking among girls in rural India.[5] Yuwa (youth in Hindi) is an NGO "that teaches girls to play [football], and promotes health and education."[6]

Gastler, who never played or watched a football match before, started teaching the sport to girls between five to seventeen years of age.[5] Parents were initially reluctant to allow their daughters to take part in an "uncommon" activity, but now there are more than 250 girls who practice daily.[5][7] The program has been quite successful and has received endorsements from the United Nations Development Fund for Women, Nike, Coca-Cola India, and many others.[4][8]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Gastler's contributions and achievements of Yuwa have been recognized at several award ceremonies, including 2012 NDTV Spirit of Sports Award in the Best Promotion of Sports in Education category,[9] Times Now Indian at Heart award for Gastler at the 2013 Times Now Amazing Indians Award ceremony,[10] Nike Gamechangers Award in 2011 and Yahoo! India's 12 Unsung Heroes of 2012 award.[11][12]


  1. ^ Chandrima. "It Takes a Village… of Yuwa girls". OneLove FC. Retrieved August 3, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Management Team – Franz Gastler". Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  3. ^ "About – Welcome to the Program on Negotiation (PON)". Harvard Law School. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Franz Gastler's Passage to India". Bloomberg Businessweek. March 31, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Sarkar, Monica (January 23, 2013). "How football is changing lives of Indian slum girls". BBC. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  6. ^ K. Buccini, Cynthia (2013). "Franz Gastler's Goal". Bostonia. Boston University. NGO teaches soccer and empowers impoverished girls in rural India
  7. ^ Waghule, Pradnya (August 2, 2013). "Yuwa India show the way". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  8. ^ "UNIFEM Endorsement" (PDF). Yuwa. Retrieved August 3, 2013.
  9. ^ "NDTV celebrates the 'Spirit of Sport'". exchange4media News Service. February 6, 2012. Archived from the original on April 18, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2013.
  10. ^ "Times Now felicitates 15 'Amazing Indians'". The Times of India. New Delhi. Times News Network. January 22, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2013.
  11. ^ Johnson, Jeremy (June 10, 2012). "Yuwa - Kicking It New School". Ashoka Changemakers. Retrieved August 3, 2013.
  12. ^ Yangdon, Tenzin (November 26, 2012). "Unsung Heroes of 2012 &ndasgh; Yuwa". Yahoo! News. Retrieved August 3, 2013.