George Washington University Sport Philanthropy Certificate

George Washington University Sport Philanthropy Certificate

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. 

 

  • 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.

  • United States
Mohadese: sport as a way to control emotions

Mohadese: sport as a way to control emotions

Mohadese is a young Afghan woman who is a certified yoga teacher living in Athens.
She is living in Greece for 3 years with her family, brother, sister and mother. She is determined, kind and generous.
She just finished an instructor Empowerment Self Defense Training in Athens.

Story:
“For me, sport is an expression of emotions. It allows me to focus on my mind, on one thing at a time – keeping me from overthinking. I set myself goals for poses and I keep on practicing, fighting until I get there.

Sports has helped me to control my emotions and feel more confident in society as a woman as well as to improve and protect myself. Since I started doing sports 4 years ago I have achieved more self-knowledge and awareness.”

One Team – Sports for Social Change Coalition Launch in Israel

One Team – Sports for Social Change Coalition Launch in Israel

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.

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  • On International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, 13 people-to-people peacebuilding sports organizations in Israel bringing together Arabs and Jews launched a new coalition: One Team - Sports for Social Change. The growing coalition represents 25,000 youth in 384 locations in Israel.

  • Israel
Tchoukball on the april6 2022

Tchoukball on the april6 2022

Tchoukball players from many countries took part on the #idsp2022 Brazil, Colombia, Togo, Cameroun and Tunisia on this picture. Tchoukball is recognized by the UN for its educational values and peace building, in a sport without physical contact and open to everyone.

Support the development of tchoukball in school, clubs and associations around the world as a transformation tool and character building. 

Direct contact and coaching courses are provided for news groups interested in developing the sport. 

Tchoukball can be played and adapted to different space and ground type, from a basketball court to the street, from beach to grass. A dynamic sport that teaches respect during the practice and out of the court. 

Dr Hermann Brandt, creator of tchoukball, believed that sports should be not only for champions, but also contribute to the creation of a better and more humane society. He designed tchoukball to contain elements of handball (it is played with hands, and the balls used are similar), volleyball (as the defending team must prevent the ball from falling) and squash (since there is a rebound).

Tchoukball is played in over 60 countries around the world and official national and international events are regularly hold in all the continents. 

Coaching material, videos available in many languages for free.

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  • Tchoukball players from many countries took part on the #idsp2022 Brazil, Colombia, Togo, Cameroun and Tunisia on this picture. Tchoukball is recognized by the UN for its educational values and peace building, in a sport without physical contact and open to everyone.
    Support the development of tchoukball in school, clubs and associations around the world as a transformation tool and character building. 

  • Brazil
Climbing Life Sport Music Peace

Climbing Life Sport Music Peace

Climbing Life is an educational project, a syntesis of webinars, seminars, thoughts, pictures that now arrive more earlier than April6.
A violinist was the first and, with her violin and white card she reminded everyone of the importance of sharing their white card.
Music and Sport don’t need words, they are understandable to everyone. One ball is enough to start a race. One note is enough to start a dance. Many notes become music. Many White Cards become a strong request for Peace.                                                                                                                                March 24  seminar with the students of Sport Science-University of Perugia Department of Medicine about the sport for social inclusion and peace. By Paola Virginia Gigliotti.                    March 25 webinar with students of Scuola Media Magione (Perugia). A very interactive moment with children 11/13 years old that started: Sport is not Politics. After the discussion they concluded: Sport must induce good politics and good social behaviors. By Paola Virginia Gigliotti.                April 4 White Card during the graduation session of the students of Sport Science-University of Perugia Department of Medicine. By Professor Francesco Coscia.                                             March30-31,  April 1 Hyderabad Toofaan games by Naandi Foundation (P&S Award 2019). Paola Virginia Gigliotti guest of honor (after two years of collaboration online) and speaker in two seminars, Sport and Nutrition, Fitness profile and training. White Card with coaches and 122 disadvantaged girls from poor indian villages.

  • I am an ordinary person, gymnast, mountaineer,climber,medicine doctor for all, specially for disadvantaged people, refugees. When I met Peace and Sport I achieved a dream: collaborate for Peace and Development and share many #WhiteCard around the world. Behind my Card I see many smiles, in front of me the hope of a near peace.

Soccer and wrestling for peace, education and inclusion

Soccer and wrestling for peace, education and inclusion

The Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Technical Council of Diplomacy and Sports Cooperation held two events to commemorate the international day for development and peace.

A soccer tournament in collaboration with the Qatar Embassy in México where 13 diplomatic representations from Romania, Kazakhstan, USA, El Salvador, European Union, Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Peru, Canada, United Kingdom, Turkey and Qatar with the objective to promote solidarity, peace and give a message of fraternity among all the participants.

The presentation of the chapter “Diversity in wrestling” of the miniseries “Unmasking wrestling” in collaboration with the World Wrestling Council and the UNESCO Representation in Mexico. This presentation was made during a live wrestling performance in which representatives of the three institutions launched messages promoting sport for development and peace before hundreds of fans who raised white cards in support and commitment to the initiative.

Gala Lutteroth, Cultural Liaison Director of the World Wrestling Council thanked this opportunity to talk for the inclusion in sports, where there have been a lot of women who have Exalted Mexican wrestling all over the world while they are also supportive in their families. She spoke also for the LGBBTTQ community which has brought not only new wrestlers but also great human beings, athletes and joy to the ring and have given a new perspective for respect and freedom to the CMLL.

Erik Del Angel, Executive coordinator of the Technical Council of Diplomacy and Sports Cooperation accentuate on inclusive Societies and a more egalitarian, equitable and inclusive sport. He also said that it is inevitable to talk about the need for peace in different conflicts in the world where great initiatives, figures, associations, committees, and leagues appear but there are also small ones like the fans that manifest their willing to peace by having no Altercations within wrestling events

Finally Mr. Vacheron representative of UNESCO in Mexico said that according to a major Lancet study, more than 41% of physical activity was decreased in the first few months of lockdown. HE reminded us that  Sport within COVID-19 pandemic is fundamental to people’s psychological well-being. The decrease in physical activity is, therefore, a health problem, including mental health, of the utmost importance, which is even more worrying because today it mainly affects young people.

He also mentioned that UNESCO at the global level works closely with the International Olympic Committee and UN Women, with whom they have founded the World Observatory on Women, Sport, Physical Education and Physical Activity, whose mission is to better detect the obstacles that continue to hinder women’s access to sport.

HE celebrated the promotion of sport for all people which is also the challenge of the first phase of UNESCO’s “Fit for Life” initiative, which will measure the impact of sport and physical culture on the Sustainable Development Goals. This work will serve as a basis for a global reflection on the integration of sport into public policies, not only in the fields of sport, but also in those of health, education and youth. In this sense, we are working with Foreign Affairs and the Mexican Olympic Committee, to implement Fit for life in Mexico.

 

  • As a sports lover I celebrate the commitment of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to sports promotion as an intrinsic mechanism to achieve the development of Mexican society. I had the opportunity to participate in the soccer tournament in which there was a peace atmosphere through all the matches. Also the wrestling performance was amazing and really emotive when all the assistants held up their white cards.

  • Mexico