My wife and I went to visit family Dec 2019 for a couple of month, Covid 19 hit the world and the boarder between Gaza and Egypt was closed. Tennis is my passion, I played, Coached, Administered and volunteered for the sport that I love. I decided to help build a tennis court at the local orphanage.
Tennis court Al Amal Orphanage, Gaza
The besieged Gaza with 2 million people, one of the last thing people think about is sports and tennis is on the bottom of this list.
The #whitecard challenge – Involved over 35 R.O.A. county branches who took part in this campaign. Over 100 photos were sent to R.O.A., and they were promoted on the Facebook pages of ROSC and R.O.A. More than 300 people of various ages were photographed with the white card in their hands.
The campaign led to an increase in informing the general public about the activity of R.O.A. as well as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
The R.O.A. dialogues – Simona Tabără Amânar (Olympic Champion and Director of the Romanian Olympic Academy) and Anita Sterea (historian and member of the ROA Board of director’s member) were the hosts of the 16 interviews that were taken with the following personalities:
Mihai Covaliu – Olympic champion (fencing) and President of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee
Octavian Morariu – IOC Member for Romania and President of Rugby Europe
Camelia Potec – Olympic champion (swimming) and President of the Romanian Federation of Swimming and Modern Pentathlon
Ana Maria Popescu – Olympic champion (fencing), active athlete
Cătălina Ponor – Olympic champion (gymnastics)
Marian Drăgulescu – World champion (gymnastics)
Larisa Iorache – World Vice Champion (gymnastics)
Elizabeta Samara – European Champion (Table tennis)
Alina Rotaru – Youth Olympic Games Vice Champion (athletics)
Arthur Hoffmann – Honorary Director of the Romanian Olympic Academy
His Royal Highness Prince Radu of Romania
Adrian Cioroianu – historian and professor at the History Faculty at the University of Bucharest, ambassador – permanent delegate of Romania to UNESCO
Marian Preda – sociologist, Rector of University of Bucharest
Marius Manole – actor
Chris Simion-Mercurian – author, writer, stage director
The public was delighted by the appearances of the former Olympic champions, today retired but also by the appearance of young athletes who are still active. he interviews with the cultural personalities led to interesting testimonies about how sports and professional life combine in their lives.
This year, the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee (R.O.S.C.) through the Romanian Olympic Academy (R.O.A.) celebrate three decades since it promotes the Olympic values at national level through cultural, artistic, educational and sports activities, conveying the message that Olympism transcends physical activity and reaches into the fields of education, philosophy, music, drawing, history.
The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace has always been a reason for celebration and various activities for young people, organized by R.O.A. Annually, starting in 2014, R.O.A. organized at least one national event on the occasion of this day. This year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Romanian Olympic Academy moved the April 6 holiday to a virtual environment.
In order to bring the Olympic values and the significance of this day to an audience as broad and diverse as possible, R.O.A. organized two simultaneous actions: the #whitecard challenge – an international campaign joined by most R.O.A. branches and R.O.A. dialogues - 16 interviews with sports and culture personalities.
n 11 April 2021, the Martisans Sports and Cultural Foundation (MSCF) in Ghana organized a mini soccer tournament to mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) at the Osu Salem Park, for youth within the community.
The tournament aimed to educate the children and youth about the importance of IDSDP, the need for peace in our world, and how to maintain a peaceful community. The tournament included a workshop on peacebuilding, delivered by women from the Nurture Nature Foundation. The workshop aimed to deepen the children’s understandings of peace and the various ways in which they can maintain peace in their communities.
The celebration provided the children and youth with the opportunity to showcase their talents while learning about peace and its benefits to our society. The platform also created an opportunity for the children and youth to enhance their physical and mental wellbeing. MSCF is most grateful to the Nurture Nature Foundation for its support towards the execution of the activity.
MSCF is proud to support the UN agenda in promoting sport for development and peace. In line with our commitment to support the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, MSCF will continue to initiate projects aimed at developing the youth and community.
Our foundation on 11.04.2021 organized a youth soccer tournament for the children within the Osu Community of Accra to mark the 2021 IDSDP. The event was used to educate the children on peace whiles enhancing their health and wellbeing through sports.
Football to Develop Destitute (FODEDE), a local not for profit sports organization that seeks support for innovative and sustainable sports education and entrepreneur programs worldwide as a strategy for social change to provides youth with workplace competencies that lead to in-demand, sustainable employment and livable wages. We ensure opportunities for academic achievement through workforce preparation, lifelong learning and basic skills and literacy education, especially for undeserved and under-represented individuals, by creating professional-technical programs and learning environments that are accessible, diverse, responsive and innovative.
April6- Sport for Development and Peace with a launching of the #White Card campaign. It is a day to acknowledge the accomplishment to recognize the influence of women and girls in sport Sports bring people together, It is the way of life and of self- discipline , it is a game of distinction towards self- confidence. It is Educational and also social inclusion as well as Youth Empowerment This is Angeline Kieh, her journey towards sports started as a teenager and has grown up with a family who also loves sports. And she is a good example of all other girls in sports. This artistic initiative is to encouraged girls and boys to reflect on how sports can change their lives and the world at large.
FODEDE in partnership with a female soccer team Earth Angels, Celebrates April6- Sport for Development and Peace with a launching of the #White Card campaign. It is a day to acknowledge the accomplishment to recognize the influence of women and girls in sport Sports bring people together, It is the way of life and of self- discipline , it is a game of distinction towards self- confidence. It is Educational and also social inclusion as well as Youth Empowerment This is Angeline Kieh, her journey towards sports started as a teenager and has grown up with a family who also loves sports. And she is a good example of all other girls in sports. This artistic initiative is to encouraged girls and boys to reflect on how sports can change their lives and the world at large.
The residents of IDPs Camp Uhogua joined other Nigerians and people all over the world to celebrate events marking 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. The event which was held at the various playgrounds at the Camp was facilitated by CSED (Community Sport and Educational Development) Initiative.
Three major sporting events (Netball training/matches, Badminton training/matches and 5-A-side football training and penalty kicks competition) was held. Taking part in these games elicited a lot of excitement from the residents. The winners and runners-up of the three sports categories received cash prizes from CSED National Coordinator, Edema Fuludu.
However, it was not all training and playing, the camp residents also had food donated to them by CSED Initiative. These items include: ten 50kg bags of rice, cartons of packed fish, basket of tomatoes, groundnut oil and other cooking condiments that was meant for the dinner of the about 5000 (five thousand) residents of the Camp.
Given the success of the IDSDP event, CSED Trustees are currently liaising with the NYSC Zonal office in Edo State in order for them to post four Corpers (Doctor, Social worker, Psychologist and Physical Education graduate) to IDPs Uhogua. CSED Initiative would be willing to pay the one-year stipend of the four Youth Corpers who will be posted to the IDPs Camp in future. As part of their PSHE drive in schools, CSED hope to work closely with their supporters and partners to hold an inter-house sport event for the residents of the IDPs Camp Uhogua before the end of the year.
We decided to take sports to the hard to reach citizens of our country, in order to inspire and tell them that they are not forgotten.