Tonight was the official opening of this year’s Global Sports Forum Barcelona, kicking off with a wonderful reception for the attendees and speakers. While no “official business” has been discussed so far, from the conversations I’ve had with other attendees, there is a definite trend towards the importance of community outreach through sports.
Through by wandering about the reception, I spoke to folks at:
- Kick4Life: Based in Lesotho in South Africa, this company is focused on tackling HIV through sports-based health education, voluntary testing, life-skills development and support into education and employment.
- IMBEWU: This organization seeks to strengthen the psychosocial development of children and young South African and Swiss to give them the tools necessary to become responsible citizens by using sport and education as means of development.
- PlayAble: A non profit social business designing adapted sports programs and coaches training toenhance the lives of people with disabilities through sports.
- Sports Sans Frontieres: Sports Without Borders undertakes to promote education through sport towards those in difficulty to participate actively in reducing global inequality, with efforts in Afghanistan, Burundi, Haiti and Kosovo.
These are four incredible organizations with noble goals to use sports as a means to improve lives in communities that struggle, with disease, war, poverty and disability. Please take a moment to learn more about these organizations and be inspired by them.