Peace and Sport Awards 2020
Sport for Development and Peace Program of the year
rewards a sport for development and peace program that has a positive impact for communities, teaching values through sport exercises and using equipment adjusted to the local environment.
“Football for Change Outreach Project”
Football I Cambodia
ISF Cambodia provides education to children living in extreme poverty, combining sport, healthcare, education, community outreach, and employability skills development. Through its “Football for Change Outreach Project” ISF Cambodia, during the last year, trained 200 aspiring coaches to its Social Impact Curriculum that uses engaging football-based activities to raise awareness about key social issues’ and minority rights, while teaching key life skills, such as leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving. After the training 20 coaches, including 5 women, were selected to deliver weekly “football-for social-impact” coaching sessions to 500 children from deprived rural areas of Cambodia.
Free football-for-youth-development programs
Football I USA
America SCORES runs free football-for-youth-development programs in high-poverty inner-city neighborhoods. Its model was developed in 1994 in Washington, D.C., by Julie Kennedy, a public-school teacher concerned that her students, lacking constructive after-school options, were at risk of gang activity and other dangers after class. The program blends Football and Poetry, keeping youth under the academic umbrella. By integrating poetry slams and service projects into quality inner-city football leagues, America SCORES inspires at-risk urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world.
Volleyball I Nepal
The Volleyball4Life program uses the unique values of Volleyball to empower teenage girls in rural communities, allowing them to develop skills to assert themselves in society. The program is led in partnership with local NGOs and coordinated by a local ex-international volleyball player Kopila Upreti who also acts as role model. Community leaders are also involved to convince the parents to give permission for the girls to participate in the program. The program is now part of the school curriculum, more than 20 teachers have been trained and around 200 girls had the opportunity to develop their life skills through Volleyball.