Friends and Alumni of the George Washington University Sport Philanthropy Executive Certificate program gathered to celebrate International Day of Sport for Development and Peace in Washington, DC. It was great to share initiatives being done in the Washington, DC area from the 8 professional sport teams, to Special Olympics International, Peace Players International, US Soccer Foundation, and so many more. The George Washington University Sport Philanthropy Executive Certificate is the first educational program to help increase the efficiency and effectiveness of organizations and corporate sponsors leveraging the power of sport for social good. For eight years, GW has worked with 200+ students to increase their personal and professional impact from after-school programs to the Super Bowl. The program covers board governance, strategic planning, partnerships, grant writing and fund raising, measurement and evaluation, communications, and programming. Each student works on a capstone project related to their cause or initiative.
Apr 6, 2022 (Tel Aviv) – Thirteen sports organizations committed to social change across Israel and representing 25,000 youth in 384 locations, came together at the Daniel Rowing Center on the banks of Tel Aviv’s Yarkon River to launch the national Sports for Social Change Coalition between Jews and Arabs in Israel and celebrate the International Day of Sports for Development and Peace.
The event marks the power of sport to bring people together, to bridge differences and to promote a shared society. The sports for social change organizations reflect the diversity of Israeli society – Jewish, Arab, religious, secular, Ultra-Orthodox. They rowed together in Dragon boats on the Yarkon River. The Dragon boats symbolize collaboration, rowing in unison towards a shared goal.
Following the rowing competition, the members met to launch working groups as a first step in their effort to harness sport to address complex social issues in Israeli society, such as divisions and tensions between different communities, at-risk youth, and gender inequality. The working groups focused on government relations, volunteers, resource development, marketing and social media, and knowledge sharing.
About the Sports for Social Change Coalition
The wave of Israeli-Palestinian and internal Jewish and Arab strife in Israel in May 2021 and the impact of Covid-19 on grassroots organizations have led to unprecedented collaboration, including the launch of the first Sports for Social Change Coalition on a national scale.
The Sports for Social Change Coalition, a growing movement of organizations, currently representing 25,000 youth in 384 locations in Israel, is identifying the needs of the field and finding new solutions for all stakeholders (organizations, funders, government and corporate sectors, academia and community) for greater collective impact.
Ball To All will make its largest delivery of soccer balls to kids who can not afford them. Ivo Mapunda will lead the event in Tanzania.
Ball To All is a non-profit (501c3) organization that was founded with a simple premise: keep kids playing – it will help them grow healthier, happier and at the same time, keep them out of trouble.
The mission is simple and captured in the slogan: Every Kid Can Have A Ball.
Ball To All and Celebrity Goalie Ivo Mapunda deliver soccer balls to kids who can not them in Tanzania. Promoting sports, equality and world peace. We are all raising a #WhiteCard in support of April6.org
Imagine kids who have nothing, and nothing to do…
Is the risk of them getting into trouble greater?
Is the risk of them feeling that “no one cares” greater?
Is the risk of them being swayed by extremism greater?
We all want “World Peace”, yet many children around the world do not have the basic means to grow up happy and joyous…
On display the five new Tokyo 2020 Olympic sports seen through the lens of young photographers under 35.
Over 100 photographers from 37 countries have participated in the 5th edition of this international contest.
The photographs of the finalists of the 5th edition of Run for Art, the international contest for young photographers under 35 that combines art and sport, conceived by the Giulio Onesti Foundation, reach the International Mugham Center in Baku, where they will be exhibited from 6 to 16 April. The exhibition, curated by the Olympian Novella Calligaris, a member of the executive board of the Onesti Foundation, is organized in partnership with the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, on its 30th anniversary and the establishment of diplomatic relations between Italy and Azerbaijan.
On display are 40 photographs on the subject “The five new Olympic sports. The contemporary challenge to ability and disability“. The photographs focus on the evolving concept of sport for the young generations as well as on the introduction of new sports trends at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (baseball and softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing), exploring also their Paralympic declinations.
As in a real sports competition, among the hundreds of participating photographs, only 40 were selected as finalists for the competition. To decree the winners, a jury of excellence chaired by Ivo Ferriani (IOC executive member and President of the IBSF – International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation) and that includes leading personalities from all fields involved: from art to sport, from institutions to the media.
The young talents the winners of the edition are: Tetsu Chih-Ching Lee (Taiwan), who with his picture tells the importance of softball in his country; Gökhan Taner (Turkey), who portrays the Japanese karateka Hikaru Ohno starting her performance; Max Dunlap (United States), who photographs Aaron Fotheringham, the most accomplished and renowned WCMX athlete, an adapted version of skateboarding, at Venice Beach during an event organized by the Life Rolls On Foundation; Julia Cassou (France), who captures a climber on a waterfall of tuff; Rhys Bates (Australia), who takes us inside the barrel on a tropical island in the Maldives together with surfer Nikolas Plytas.
The exhibition will be opened in the presence of Mrs. Claudia Giordani, a member of the executive board of the Giulio Onesti Foundation and Vice-President of the Italian National Olympic Committee, Mr. Claudio Taffuri, Ambassador of Italy to Baku, Mr. Chingiz Husseynzada, Vice-President of the National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan, and Mr. Anar Karimov, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan. A digital version of the exhibition, enriched with critical texts and classical music, directed by Lorenzo Porzio, orchestra director and Olympic bronze medalist in rowing, is available at runforart.com. The contest and the exhibition are supported by IOC Olympic Solidarity and the Istituto per il Credito Sportivo (ICS), a founding member of the Giulio Onesti Foundation.
The Giulio Onesti Foundation – Italian National Olympic Academy is a not-for-profit organization for the promotion of the culture and values of sport, whose activities address primarily young generations. The Foundation is named after Giulio Onesti, former President of the Italian National Olympic Committee (1946-1978), a key figure in sports history, both nationally and internationally.
*The jury includes: Azer Aliyev (Secretary-General of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan), Mariia Bulatova (Vice-president of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine and member of the IOC Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission), Luciano Di Blasio (Junior Officer at Mission of Canada to the European Union), Pia Johnson (Lecturer and Program Manager of the Master of Photography at RMIT University Australia, photographer, and visual artist), Rafael Maranhao (Public Relations Senior Manager at IPC – International Paralympic Committee), Gianni Merlo (President of AIPS – International Sports Press Association), Gordwin Odhiambo (photojournalist and documentary photographer), Priscilla Rattazzi (world-famous photographer) and Conrad Yu (Photo manager of Sportsoho Magazine Hong Kong and sports photographer).
In connection with Quetta Dodgeball Project, a grand dodgeball festival was organized at Bismillah Khan Kakar High School, Qila Abdullah on the occasion of 6 April Whiat Card. , Pakistan peoples parti Qila abdullah president Nazar Muhammad kakar, regional Sports committee General secretary Ibraheem kakar, Assistant Secretary Naseer Khan, Principal Mehrdad Kakar, and many social workers and school staff attended, and a message of peace through Whiat Card Compain. Balochistan Dodgeball President Kaleemullah Khan appreciated the peace efforts and thanked all the team members. Balochistan Dodge ball Association is leading organization to develop Dodge ball sports and Give the message of peace every year at 6 April, Balochistan Dodge ball Association is Affiliated with World dodge ball Association WDA, and WDA recommend white Card Compain to all members, so we are so happy to be part of white Card Compain, Qila abdullah is a rural areas of Balochistan, Pakistan and near to Afghanistan borders, so here the Peace Compain is very must,
Over the years, Mutaz Barshim has stood out as an outstanding athlete. During the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, he won the gold medal in high jump and decided to share the podium with Gianmarco Tamberi. By sharing the high jump gold medal rather than putting it on the line in a jump-off, he sent a strong message of friendship.