April6 initiative of the year rewards individuals and organizations who have contributed to the celebration of April6, the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, through a #WhiteCard initiative or an event raising awareness on the use of sport as a tool for development and peace.
Associazione Sport e Società: Progetto Filippide – Run for Autism
Italy – 3000 beneficiaries – Running
Associazione Sport e Società through its “Progetto Filippide” organized on March 31st the 6th edition of “Run for Autism”, an inclusive 10 km race in Rome, celebrating both the United Nations World Autism Awareness Day and April6. The event aimed to demonstrate the inclusive power of sport and involved 3000 beneficiaries, including more than 400 people with autism.
Deporte para el Desarrollo – Learn, Play and Try Festival
Venezuela – 110 beneficiaries – Rugby
The organization Deporte para el Desarrollo uses sport as a tool to transform lives and communities. In April 2019 it implemented the first “Learn, Play and Try” Festival promoting its unique methodology which is today nationwide recognized and implemented. The festival brought together young beneficiaries from different teams highlighting all positive values of rugby.
Croatian United Nations Association – 6th International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
Croatia – 100 beneficiaries – Futsal / 3×3 Basketball
Established in 1992 with the aim of becoming a valuable information source for the United Nations system, the organization implements each year a one-day event celebrating April6 and aligning its objectives with the SDGs. Sport is highlighted as a key tool in pursuing development and peace, promoting tolerance and respect, both for participants and society.
Ministry of Education, Science, Sport and Culture – Public April6 Festival
Georgia – 1200 – Multi-Sports
To mark its 6th April6 celebration, the Georgian Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport organized a massive national mobilization to raise awareness and promote Sport as a tool for Peace. Thanks to a country wide information campaign led by the Ministry, the Public April6 festival gathered over 1200 people around multi-sport activities in a park of Tbilisi.
Deree – The American College Of Greece – International Sports Festival
Greece – 4000 beneficiaries – Multi-Sports
For their 2nd April6 celebration, the college organized the “International Sports Festival”. The event gathered 700 students and athletes in various sports to pass the message of Peace through Sport. An awareness raising campaign was also implemented in all classrooms and a futsal game was organized between ACG – Deree team and Hestia FC, a women refugees’ team.
Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) – ALLMEP’s SPORTS FORUM
Israel – 400 beneficiaries – Multi-Sports
The event gathered 400 Jewish, Arab, Bedouin, Ultra-Orthodox, immigrants, refugees and special needs “Athletes for Peace” together to celebrate the IDSPD. By doing so, diverse communities were able to meet as equals, encouraging reconciliation, and exposing hundreds of children to social harmony through Martial Arts demonstrations.
Pakistan National Olympic Committee – April 6 Celebration
Pakistan – 6000 beneficiaries – Olympic Sports
The Pakistan NOC brought together all sport actors to celebrate the IDSPD, raising awareness and ensuring the delivery of the Peace through Sport message from the leadership to the grass-root level. The #WhiteCard campaign was also promoted with several activations, including the opening of the 72nd edition of the Punjab Games.
Fédération Internationale de Teqball (FITEQ) – International Day of Sport for Development and Peace Festival
Pakistan – 1500 beneficiaries – Teqball
FITEQ, in cooperation with the Hungarian Embassy, organized a unique April6 celebration during the “Eurovillage” festival in Islamabad. Visitors were invited to discover the different Teqgames and the positive values they transmit, and united for symbolic #WhiteCard pictures. Two Teqball tables were donated to the local community as legacy of this meaningful event.