Our initiative will bring together different cities around Palestine, we decided to unify them virtually, it’s not the distance that matters it’s the common goal. A group of athletes from cities around Palestine will tell us what peace means to them and how sports is connected to social inclusion, peace, and youth empowerment. Due to living conditions, children and youth are limited to what they can do after school, sports is the game changer for them, through sports they were able to bring out each other’s personality, it strengthened them individually and as a team. Sports development taught them life skills, it taught them unity, it empowered them to keep aiming for their goal and pursuing life. Our program creates activities that build the life skills of people of all ages who are trapped in conflict. We aim to help empower and initiate growth in our communities by advocating for peace, social inclusion and youth empowerment. Sport activities will be used by the project as a constructive catalyst for empowering refugee groups, fostering social cohesion, and strengthening links with communities. The promotion of peace, harmony, and respect shall be achieved through community involvement.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.