NBA Coach Stan Van Gundy: ‘Winning with Defense’

Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy knows a lot about defense. What you may not realize is that he also has a passion for fighting germs.

“Too many children are dying all around the world because they don’t have enough soap to kill germs,” Van Gundy says. “By helping Clean the World, we can distribute more soap to provide children and families with a strong defense against the spread of fatal disease.”

Van Gundy works at the Amway Center, home of the Orlando Magic, a mere inbound pass away from Clean the World headquarters in downtown Orlando. He’s familiar with the organization and its success with distributing more than 9 million bars of soap to children and families in more than 45 countries. Van Gundy is enthusiastic in his support of Clean the World’s global hygiene revolution to save lives with soap.

“This place is awesome,” Van Gundy said during a recent visit to Clean the World. “It smells great and there’s so much energy here. Everyone here realizes they have an important role to play in helping save the lives of children who need soap and better hygiene. I love the idea and will do all I can to help.”

The coach was kind enough to record several public service announcements on behalf of Clean the World during his visit. Here’s one now on his favorite topic: Defense.

“Soap is a simple solution,” Van Gundy says. “But just as in basketball, you can’t achieve your goals without putting in the hard work. Clean the World and its hotel partners are doing that hard work everyday to stop the spread of acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease. And it’s working. That’s what I call winning with defense.”

Gala Sponsor Spotlight: The American Cleaning Institute

The American Cleaning Institute, formerly the Soap and Detergent Association, has signed on as a Silver Sponsor for the Inaugural Clean the World Gala, which is scheduled Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at The Peabody Orlando.

Nancy Bock, vice president of consumer education and meetings at ACI, sees the Gala as a business networking opportunity in the hospitality industry that “just makes sense” on so many levels.

“Our institute has been in existence since 1926, and we’ve focused on health and hygiene issues that relate to proper sanitation since the beginning,” Bock says. “An opportunity to partner with Clean the World and support this Gala is a win-win for us, and the partnership will improve living conditions for others around the world.”

Bock says ACI has been mindful of Clean the World since the first time she heard Clean the World co-founder Shawn Seipler speak about the “global hygiene revolution” at the 2010 Global Handwashing Day event in Washington, D.C.

Nancy Bock, American Cleaning Institute

“The moment I met Shawn and heard of the great work Clean the World was doing, I knew this was something we wanted to do,” she says. “ACI can be a gateway to opportunities for our industry to support Clean the World in many ways. All of the groups with which we are associated – NGOs, volunteer organizations, schools, nursing associations, etc. – can get involved with Clean the World in an important and meaningful way.”

Bock says she and her ACI colleagues intend to mix and mingle at the Gala among hospitality industry executives, vendors, and supporters of Clean the World.

“We’re very excited about Clean the World from a social sustainability perspective,” Bock says. “The Gala provides a tremendous opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the people who have embraced Clean the World’s mission. By becoming a Silver Sponsor at the Inaugural Clean the World Gala, we emphasize our desire to support society and promote hygiene for better living.

“It’s a healthy relationship,” she says. “It just fits like a comfortable shoe.”

If you or your organization would like to become a sponsor at the Inaugural Clean the World Gala, please click here.

Join the growing list of sponsors who have emphasized their commitment to recycling soap and saving lives. We’ll see you at the Gala.

Compassion Bubbles Up at Capital Hotel

Cora Duncan, executive housekeeper at Capital Hotel in Little Rock, Ark., shares the success story of her involvement with Clean the World.

If you’ve ever wondered about the impact of your participation in the Clean the World hospitality partnership program, just watch this video.

Witness the power of domestic distribution to homeless shelters and missions in need of hygiene supplies that the hospitality industry can provide in abundance.

Thanks, Cora, for your passion and for helping Clean the World.

Garbage In, Energy Out

Did you happen to catch this Aug. 15 story at We did, and we hope you did, too.

As part of our commitment to sustainability and socially responsible programs for the hospitality industry, Clean the World is ready to embark on a new venture. And it involves Mobile Waste Processors that will convert hotel waste into energy.

That’s all we’ll say for now. Please read the “Green Hotel Dreams” story to get a taste of what we have in mind. This is a tremendous opportunity to really transform the hospitality industry and make it cleaner, more efficient and more affordable while protecting our planet.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and visit the Clean the World website for more information about this venture. Thanks for helping Clean the World.

Preferred Hotel Group: ‘Gives Me Goosebumps’

”I just couldn’t believe that all of us in the hotel industry were throwing away soap on a daily basis that could save thousands of lives… “The fact that Clean the World came up with the concept to clean the soap, repackage it and give it to children around the world who really need it is just unbelievable… “

“And it has to make our guests feel good. If the guests who are using the soaps in our beautiful hotels know that those soaps will then be cleaned and sent around the world to help children, it just has to be such a great feeling. It makes them feel good, it makes me feel good… The thought gives me goosebumps. I just couldn’t pass it up.” – Thom Nulty, Senior Vice President, Business Relations, Preferred Hotel Group

Save the Date: Nov. 5, 2011 – Inaugural Clean the World Gala

Eat. Drink. Celebrate. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.

Be a part of Orlando’s newest “must attend” event… The Inaugural Clean the World Gala.

Join 1,200 friends and associates for a night of networking and nightlife at The Peabody Orlando.

Indulge in lavish food prepared with attention to every detail by renowned Peabody Orlando chefs.

Enjoy international cultural dance performances from a variety of global dance troupes.

Interact and bid on remarkable items at a Silent Auction to benefit children and families in need.

Have fun with lively entertainment from a classic rock band, “G Money and the Rock Revolution”

It’s fundraising with an emphasis on “fun.” Benefits Clean the World.

Sponsorships available. Contact

Purchase your tickets at

Sending Soap Around the World

Clean the World Foundation has updated its Soap Distribution Map to include new countries in which we are helping to save lives with soap. View the map here.

Recent additions to our map, which now represents 45 countries touched by Clean the World, include Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, Kenya and an island off the coast of Africa that many people remember best as the name of an animated film by Dreamworks.

That most recent addition to our list may be the most exotic — Madagascar. Check out the smiling faces on these children, many of whom live way below the poverty level in an economically depressed nation. The children are really appreciative of the soaps, which were donated through a number of school, church and individual soap donations received by Clean the World.

If you’d like to start your own soap drive in your community, please visit this link for tips on how to make it a success. You’ll help people all around the world receive the gift of hygiene, and you’ll be helping Clean the World.

“Meet Me” at Clean the World

MPI helps Clean the World

It’s early Saturday morning, July 23. As many Orlando visitors were rising to enjoy their theme park character breakfasts, an intrepid group of nearly 70 MPI WEC 2011 attendees traveled to downtown Orlando for an opportunity to help Clean the World.

A happy gathering of meeting planners, tourism professionals, event organizers and industry reporters came to Clean the World headquarters to recycle soap and save lives.

The event, hosted by Clean the World and Visit Orlando, was a clean and fun example of corporate social responsibility (CSR) promoted by Meeting Professionals International (MPI) before the official start of the 2011 World Education Congress (WEC) at the Orange County Convention Center.

The enthusiastic crowd arrived on a hot and muggy weekend morning to learn more about Clean the World’s efforts to recycle hotel soaps and save lives by stopping the spread of preventable diseases through better hygiene.

Gregg Herning, event chair, Clean the World Gala

The day was also a chance to formally announce the Inaugural Clean the World Gala, scheduled to be held Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at The Peabody Orlando. Clean the World CEO and co-founder Shawn Seipler introduced Gregg Herning, vice president of sales and marketing for Peabody Hotels and event chair for the Gala committee, who welcomed all MPI guests to sponsor and attend the Gala.

After the outdoor Gala announcement, event attendees poured inside of Clean the World’s Recycling Operations Center (ROC) to begin the initial phase of soap recycling. Guests grabbed plastic knives and produce peelers to help remove the surface debris from soaps collected from Clean the World’s more than 1,100 hotel partners throughout North America.

At the end of a brief but energetic effort the results were announced. Guests at the event helped recycle enough soaps and bottled amenities to help improve hygiene habits for 2,200 children worldwide.

Thanks to all who attended the MPI WEC event at Clean the World.

Join the Fun: Become a Clean the World Gala Sponsor

As we move closer to the Inaugural Clean the World Gala on Nov. 5, 2011 at The Peabody Orlando, sponsors are lining up to take part in the celebration.

And what a celebration it will be. We’re expecting 1,200 hospitality industry leaders, meeting planners, vendors and Clean the World supporters to join us for fun, food, cultural dancing and entertainment.

Some of the biggest names in the hospitality industry have committed to sponsorships already, including: The Peabody Orlando, The Walt Disney World Resorts, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Visit Orlando, Gilchrist & Soames, Marietta Corporation, and many more.

Click here to view the growing list of our Inaugural Clean the World Gala sponsors and learn how you and your organization can come join the fun.

We’ll see you at the Gala!

A Ton of Soap to Help Clean the World

The global hygiene revolution has taken root in the hospitality industry, not only among hotels, but among hospitality vendors as well.

Sysco Guest Supply, one of the nation’s largest providers of soaps and bottled amenities to the hotel industry, recently made a generous donation to Clean the World.

The New-Jersey based company shipped more than three pallets of soaps to Clean the World in July. The pallets contained barrels filled with 2,119 lbs. of soap or the equivalent of 11,330 soap bars. Many of the soaps will be included as part of an upcoming Clean the World soap distribution trip to Haiti, with others designated for domestic distribution to homeless shelters, women’s shelters and missions.

“We’re enormously grateful for the generosity shown by Sysco Guest Supply,” says Shawn Seipler, CEO and co-founder of Clean the World. “The soaps will soon be in the hands of children and families in desperate need of hygiene supplies. We’re thankful for the opportunity to include these soaps in our ongoing effort to stop the spread of preventable diseases.”