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    A Tuition-Free Graduate Fellowship in NYC

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    NEW YORK CITY – Mar. 21, 2017 – Young professionals interested in sport for social change now have the opportunity to earn their masters while gaining work experience. Adelphi University’s Sport-Based Youth Development Fellowship is an innovative approach to creating future leaders. This fellowship enables students to earn a tuition-free master’s degree in two years, while also gaining valuable experience and connections in the Sport-Based Youth Development (SBYD) field.

    Adelphi University has partnered with three local organizations to make this possible. One example is Wellness in the Schools, a national non-profit that inspires healthy eating and physical activity. Selected fellows will work for an SBYD organization like Wellness in the Schools during the day, while completing graduate classes in the evening. In exchange, the organization agrees to cover the student’s tuition costs.

    Students selected for this SBYD Fellowship will earn a Master’s degree from Adelphi University in Physical Education or Sport Management in two years, with all tuition costs covered (18 credits a year). SBYD Fellows will specialize in Sport-Based Youth Development as part of their Master’s degree. All courses will be offered at Adelphi University’s Manhattan Campus at 75 Varick Street.

    To apply, visit https://connect.adelphi.edu/apply/ today. Please send any questions to Dr. Meredith Whitley, Sport-Based Youth Development Coordinator, mwhitley@adelphi.edu

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    Streetfootballworld Draws Global Leaders in Soccer to Atlanta

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    ATLANTAMar. 10, 2017 – ‘Soccer in the Streets’ announced today the ‘streetfootballworld’ Summit – a gathering of soccer experts from around the world – with over 100 years of collective experience employing soccer as a tool for social change. Leaders working in underserved communities across the United States, Australia, Colombia, Brazil, India, Germany, Kenya, UK, Serbia, Israel, and St. Lucia, will take part in this first-of-its-kind event in the USA.

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    Click to learn more about this historic global summit and the experts it will bring together.

    The summit, hosted by Soccer in the Streets, is supported by Laureus USA, a national non-profit who recently launched their Sport for Good Atlanta initiative, is set to contribute its expertise during the event. As a founding ‘streetfootballworld’ Network Member, ‘Soccer in the Streets’ will participate in the various scheduled discussions and activities. The event will kick-off this Saturday, March 11th, with a Community Soccer Festival at ‘Station Soccer’, followed by “Atlanta: Rising United Workshop”, featuring discussions for achieving social change through soccer.

    streetfootballworld’ is an international non-profit organization, pursuing a future in which boys and girls are treated as equals both on and off the field — a future in which everyone has access to safe places to play and in which social purpose is embedded at the heart of the sports industry. ‘streetfootballworld’ network members have developed valuable expertise using soccer as a tool to tackle racism, gender inequality, violent extremism, and refugee integration, among other issues.

    The ‘streetfootballworld’ network connects over 120 organizations in 70 countries that use the power of the world’s most popular sport to tackle urgent social issues affecting young people. Every two years, a Network Board is elected to represent the fast-growing field of ‘soccer for good’, embodying true pioneers in the field from across the world (see Profiles enclosed). These inspirational leaders will come together to discuss the power of soccer to change the world – and how their experience can help the growth of the game in the USA.

    The landmark event coincides with an exciting time for soccer in Atlanta; the inaugural season of Atlanta United FC, a franchise that was able to sell out its entire allocation of season tickets before a single game had been played. With the support of the Atlanta United Foundation, local ‘streetfootballworld’ Network Member – ‘Soccer in the Streets’ – recently launched ‘Station Soccer’, the first-ever soccer pitch in the world located within the perimeter of a train station.

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    Station Soccer, the world’s first soccer field built inside a train station, opened in Atlanta in October 2016.

     

     

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    Celebrating Playworks Junior Coaches

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    LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA – February 22nd 2017 – The role of a Playworks Junior Coach is a lot more than just fun and games. These fourth and fifth graders are trained to make sure recess time is cooperative and inclusive, every single day. To celebrate their hard work on the playground, 170 Junior Coaches from Playworks Southern California were treated to an Olympic-themed retreat. After enjoying an afternoon of games, snacks and high fives, the kids were re-energized to enforce positive play year-round.

    There were many accomplishments for them to celebrate: this year, Southern California Junior Coaches spread the power of healthy play to over 44,000 students in 69 low-income schools. By making sure everyone is playing fairly, Junior Coaches encourage teamwork and reduce conflict. As a result, participating schools see a decline in bullying and disciplinary referrals.

    Bella, a Junior Coach, shared her pride in having this responsibility. At the retreat, she explained to the group that she “helps make a more inclusive play by saying good job and making sure everyone has a wonderful time.” Bella’s commitment to Playworks helps advance the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school.

    At their well-deserved retreat, Junior Coaches broke into teams and rotated through Olympic-themed stations. The event was modeled after Olympics in the spirit of inclusion and global understanding. Each station featured a different game, and represented an important value that every Junior Coach should embody: empowerment, inclusion, teamwork or respect.

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    Volunteers from the Mercedes-Benz Western Region joined the fun and showed their support of safe and healthy play. Tracey Matura, General Manager of Mercedes-Benz Western region, took the opportunity to thank the kids for all of their hard work. She shared her concerns that bullying is at an all-time high, with 1 in 4 kids reporting being bullied at school. Tracey cares deeply about confronting this issue, and recognzied all of the Junior Coaches for the role they play in helping their peers feeling safe and included. Playworks is making significant progress against bullying in schools, and is a cause that Mercedes-Benz is proud to support through Laureus Sport for Good USA.

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    Our thanks to the volunteers, coaches and kids who joined this event and brought out the best in one another. Our special thanks to Mercedes-Benz USA for joining us. This level of positivity is possible in every community! Learn more about Playworks plans to reach 3.5 million kids by 2020, and how you can get involved in the movement.

     

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  • Honoring the World’s Greatest Athletes

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    MONACOFebruary 14, 2017 – The Laureus World Sports Awards took place in the company of royalty as Monaco’s Prince Albert and Princess Charlene joined the biggest names in sport. The ceremony, hosted by Hugh Grant, named Usain Bolt and Simone Biles the Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year.

        The Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games produced three more Laureus winners: Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time, won Comeback of the Year after he returned to swimming and scooped five more gold medals; Italy’s Beatrice Vio, the only quadruple amputee in international wheelchair fencing, won the Disability Award, and the Olympic Refugee Team, led by Tegla Loroupe, won the Laureus Sport for Good Award for Sporting Inspiration.

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    The prestigious Laureus Sport for Good Award, won by an organization or individual who, in the opinion of the members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, has used the power of sport to overcome violence, discrimination or disadvantage, went to Waves for Change. The South African based project uses surfing to reach vulnerable young adults growing up in South Africa’s most violent communities. Waves for Change ingeniously uses surfing to help youth build healing relationships, cope with stress and make positive life-choices.

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    After finishing second in the Formula One World Championship to his Mercedes AMG Petronas team-mate Lewis Hamilton in 2014 and 2015, Germany’s Nico Rosberg at last won his first world title and he was presented with the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year Award.

    There were two Awards for British sport: the world’s greatest downhill mountain biker Rachel Atherton won the Action Sportsperson of the Year, while Leicester City won a special Laureus Spirit of Sport Award to mark their remarkable achievement in winning English football’s Premier League as 5,000-1 outsiders.

    Another historic team performance was Chicago Cubs’ first Major League Baseball World Series victory for 108 years. This feat won them the Laureus Team of the Year Award.

    For the first time ever, sports fans around the world voted for the new Best Sporting Moment of the Year Award. The Award, which brings to life the true power and magic of sport, looked beyond the headlines and captured the fair play, emotion and sportsmanship of sport in 2016. It was presented to the Barcelona Under-12 Team for the humanity and warmth they showed in consoling a Japanese team who they had beaten.

     

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    Shredding for a Cause

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    LOS ANGELES February 11th, 2017 –  People from all walks of life, from pharmacists to engineers, followed their passion for giving back to the STOKED Trishredathon, sponsored by Laureus Sport for Good USA. By signing up for an unbelievable day of snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing through Southern California; participants also agreed to raise $500 for STOKED.

    On the morning of the event, we were up before the sun. Everyone met at Venice Beach at 6am and loaded the buses to Bear Mountain. Fueled by coffee and a few too many donuts, everyone hit the slopes for a exciting morning of snowboarding. After shredding, it was back to Venice beach for some skateboarding on the boardwalk. As the sun began to set, the group ran into the ocean for a golden surfing session.

    The best part – this was all for an incredibly important cause. Each participant’s donation will enable a young person from Los Angeles to join STOKED’s Mentor program, presenting them with life-changing opportunities to get active and dream big. Together, the team was able to raise over $10,000 to benefit STOKED youth

    STOKED’s mission is to inspire teens who are the most vulnerable, to believe in themselves through action sports. Teen participants go on day trips outside of the city and are paired with mentors who show them how to ride. From standing on top of a mountain, to catching a wave, young people are placed in environments that change their perspective. For most of the inner-city youth involved, STOKED trips provide their first experience seeing a mountain or an ocean. Given a new viewpoint, and the support of a mentor who cares, youth are shown what they are truly capable of.

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    The result? Thousands of young people have learned a new action sport, while also building a brighter future. STOKED’s results speak for themselves: they boast an 100% high school graduation rate for youth in their after-school programs.  In addition, 100% of school administrators report that STOKED made their students more academically engaged. Laureus Sport for Good USA was proud to play a part in building fearless young leaders by supporting the STOKED 2017 Trishredathon.

    Check out all of the photos from the event on Flickr. 

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    Requesting Proposals for Youth Sport Grants on Atlanta’s Westside

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    ATLANTAFebruary 7th, 2017 – Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA (Laureus USA) announced that it is accepting proposals for its Sport for Good Atlanta grants. Laureus USA will fund youth sports programs in three of Atlanta’s Westside communities – English Avenue, Vine City, and Washington Park – where K-12 children have had limited access to extracurricular athletics. Organizations that are interested in applying for funding must complete our online Expression of Interest form by March 3rd.

    “These grants are in response to the Westside community’s input and feedback,” said Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley, CEO of Laureus Sport for Good USA. “The core of our Foundation’s strategic approach is to ensure our work directly impacts our beneficiaries and the communities in which they live. We were purposeful in learning about challenges from Westside residents themselves, and identifying where the needs exist. Those insights enable us to more effectively apply our expertise in using sport programs to drive youth development.”

    To help gather those critical insights, Laureus USA partnered with Families First, Inc. Atlanta’s oldest and largest nonprofit family services organization. Over the course of the past nine months, Laureus USA and Families First have solicited feedback from hundreds of people living and working in English Avenue, Vine City, and Washington Park.

    “Our partnership shares a common goal: to identify and support innovative programs and to be a good Westside neighbor contributing to the positive, collaborative fabric of our community,” said Kim Anderson, CEO of Families First. “From the outset, Laureus understood the importance of engaging Westside residents in the development of their plans, and we were glad to help them in gathering and aggregating critical information and data.”

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    Laureus USA and Families First wanted to better understand the challenges that Westside Atlanta youth face, as well as what youth sports opportunities currently exist. Out of 400 residents’ surveys, over half of which were responses from youth 12 – 18 years old, only 15% of respondents felt that there were enough sport offerings for youth in their community. An overwhelming 79% felt it was important for youth in the community to have access to sports, but affordability was cited as the greatest barrier to families engaging in youth sport programs. The local knowledge shared by youth, program providers and parents have now informed the focus of the Sport for Good Atlanta grants.

    It is the goal of Laureus USA and its national partner Mercedes-Benz USA to help address these concerns by assisting local program providers in closing this opportunity gap.

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    “We know from past experience with Laureus in other cities across the U.S. that participation in sports can have a very positive impact on children, specifically their academic success,” said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. “Sports can also provide a unifying force that strengthens local communities. As a member of the Atlanta community, we’re looking forward to our partnership with Laureus USA enabling us to harness sports to help open future pathways of success for the children of the Westside.”

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    Protecting Opportunities for Girls and Women in Sports

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    WASHINGTON D.C. February 1, 2017 – A coalition of champion athletes and civil rights leaders, including our CEO Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, arrive on Capitol Hill today to celebrate the 31st annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD), a national observance celebrating the extraordinary achievements of girls and women in sports.

    The theme this year, “Expanding Opportunity,” will focus on issues surrounding the protection of rights secured under Title IX in anticipation of the law’s 45th anniversary and ensuring equal access to sports, particularly in underserved and minority communities.  The NGWSD Coalition members the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF), National Women’s Law Center, and Girls Inc. will meet with the Office on Women’s Health and other key government leaders on Capitol Hill in both the Congress and Senate. The briefing and panel discussion featuring professional and collegiate athletes, and Title IX experts will take place in the Capitol Visitor Center and is sponsored by the Office of Senator Patty Murray (D-WA).

    Nationally, thousands of sports educators, coaches, athletic departments, recreation centers, community organizations, students and parents will come together to host hundreds of local events across all 50 states to celebrate.

    Rep. Nita Lowey for New York’s 17th Congressional District presents the American flag to champion athletes Esther Lofgren (rowing) and Phaidra Knight (rugby), and Deborah Slaner Larkin of the Women’s Sports Foundation, in honor of the 31st anniversary of National Girls and Women in Sports Day

    On January 31, representatives of the Coalition visited two girl-serving organizations in the D.C. metro area, DC SCORES and Girls Inc. of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, to observe how these organizations have benefited young women in their community through sports. Girls participating in both programs, which are recipients of WSF and espnW’s Sports 4 Life grant, had the chance to interact with champion athletes and advocates, as well as share with Coalition members the character and leadership skills gained by their participation in sports programs.

    Despite Title IX’s impact in the lives of girls and women over the past 45 years, only 42% of high school girls are currently playing sports, leaving three-in-five girls without the opportunity to compete.

    This shortfall has long-term consequences for girls’ health, academic success, and economic security. Research demonstrates that girls who play sports have better health, higher self-esteem, stronger leadership skills, greater academic achievement, and economic opportunity. Further, female athletes often derive greater benefits from athletic participation than their male peers.

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    Young athletes from Walt Whitman High School and AAU Team Swish meet with CEO of Laureus Sport for Good USA, Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, during her visit to Capitol Hill.

    The courage, confidence and character gained through sports participation are the very tools girls need to become the strong leaders of tomorrow. Title IX is as essential now as it was in 1972 and the law needs to be upheld to ensure that no girl is deprived of the opportunity to achieve.

    “Today we want to recognize the great advancements that have been made since Title IX’s enactment in 1972. At that time, 1/27 girls played high school sports. Today, nearly 45 years later, that number has grown to 2/5. However, there is still much to be done. 60 percent of girls do not have access and those are primarily girls of color who come from disadvantaged backgrounds,” says Grete Eliassen, WSF President and a six-time Winter X Games medalist.

    “The stakes are too high, the benefits of sports too important for girls and women to sit on the sidelines.”

     


     

    National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) began in 1987 as a special day in our nation’s capital to recognize women’s sports. The day united premiere organizations and elite female athletes to bring national attention to the promise of girls and women in sports. In 1987, NGWSD also served as a remembrance of Olympic volleyball player, Flo Hyman, for her athletic achievements and dedication to promoting equality for women’s sports; Hyman died of Marfan’s Syndrome in 1986. NGWSD has since evolved into an event to acknowledge the accomplishments of female athletes, the positive influence of sports participation and the continuing struggle for equality for women in sports.

    National Girls & Women in Sports Day is celebrated annually across all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies and other celebratory activities. NGWSD is organized by the members of the National Girls & Women in Sports Day Coalition. Champion women athletes have also contributed to annual NGWSD activities. For more information, please visit: www.NGWSD.org.

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    Empowering New Orleans

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    NEW ORLEANS – December 6th, 2016 – We believe in the power of groups, and know that people can do more together than they can alone. That’s why we have centered our efforts in New Orleans around partnership, as we continue to engage and align a wide range of organizations around sport’s potential for good. By combining local expertise and resources, we are reaching new ground.

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    Continuing our support of local collaboration, we held a New Orleans Sport for Good Community Summit with our partners at the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program. The summit convened leaders and advocates that are intentionally using youth sport to build a better community. Together, they identified barriers and opportunities for sport to unlock better health, further education and equitable employment for the youth of New Orleans.

    Tom Farrey, Executive Director of Aspen’s Sports & Society Program, echoed the Surgeon General of the United States in his opening remarks. He explained that sport can be an “unexpected solution” to many of society’s key issues, ranging from obesity to gun violence. Our work in New Orleans continues to prove that, as we are beginning to demonstrate Sport for Good’s measurable impact on the physical fitness and emotional health of local youth.  Risa Isard, Program Associate for Aspen Institute Sports and Society Program, shared that over 90% of youth sport organizations in New Orleans are committed to emphasizing the health and educational benefits of sports. While this community has clearly embraced sport’s potential for change, barriers still remain: coaches need training, youth need support and parents need awareness.

    A panel of native New Orleanians then took the stage to discuss how sport is making a difference, and where youth need more support to stay engaged. As the focus of our impact is young people, we invited youth representatives to share their voices alongside CEO of the Aspen Institute Walter Isaacson and ESPN Host Michael Smith.

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    Michael Smith, host of ESPN show His & Hers, shared how playing sports in the streets of New Orleans as a child shaped who he is an an adult. Those experiences helped him to “develop the discipline and leadership” he needed in his professional career. He stressed the importance of all youth having similar experiences, urging them to do “whatever it takes to be able to play with your immediate peers and develop conflict resolution skills.”

    Unfortunately, the landscape of sport in New Orleans has changed since Michael Smith’s childhood. Tevin, a coach from Up2Us Sports, painted a more difficult picture. Growing up, Tevin recognized a significant lack of strong male role models in his neighborhood. This inspired him to undergo the training necessary to become a highly qualified youth sport coach. He became certified as a coach by our partner Up2Us Sports in hopes of making a positive difference in kids’ lives. Coach Tevin shared that,

    70% of Up2Us coaches from the neighborhoods that we serve in. We are trying to give back, and let [youth] understand that they do not need to become what they see in front of them. We give these children different opportunities in life to change themselves from the environment that they’re living in.

    Tevin carries a deep responsibility for the youth that he serves. He is “touched” when his students share their personal problems with them. He explained that it helps him to realize his greater purpose as a mentor. His commitment drives him to go above and beyond his expected duties. As Tevin explained, he will often “take these guys to a gym on Saturday or Sunday, it’s important to have a safe space to enjoy themselves.”

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    The dangers of playing in unsafe neighborhoods have similarly challenged Ronjay, a youth participant from Youth Run NOLA. Ronjay voiced concerns that “just recently in my neighborhood someone was killed.” As a result, he has tried to stay indoors and out of trouble. Ronjay credited Youth Run NOLA, a Laureus-funded program that is building a community of healthy leaders through running, for changing his mindset. He explained that Youth Run NOLA “takes me outside and introduces me to people that won’t put me in a bad situation.” He said his running peers have continue to encourage him, keep him engaged, and drive him to do better in all aspects of life.

    Building strong social networks is a critical component of another one of our local program partners, ELEVATE. Their practices emphasize a sense of family, as each student supports one another’s academic and athletic success. They incorporate both tutoring and elite basketball training with the goal of sending each participating to college on a scholarship. Kameryn, a youth participant from ELEVATE, explained that they start with homework and “if you don’t finish you don’t get on the court.” Kameryn made the point that having the support of tutors is especially important for some of her peers who don’t have parents they can rely on for homework help.

    The discussion helped to inform our panel moderator Walter Isaacson. He declared,

    This has moved me and provoked me to think more than any panel in a very long time. I have realized how important all these things are.

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    Walter stated that if he could do one thing to help the city of New Orleans, where we grew up, he would continue to multiply these efforts to use youth sport to its full potential. We are equally invested in sport’s greater purpose and will continue to galvanize local support. Thanks again to the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program for their help in organizing this event.

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    The Laureus Day of Sport

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    ATLANTA, GEORGIA – November 12th, 2016 – The Laureus Day of Sport brought together over 65 young people from Atlanta’s Westside community, filling their Saturday morning with sports, music and laughter. The event was a continuation of our going partnership with local non-profit Families First and Mercedes-Benz USA to strengthen the underserved Vine City, English Avenue and Washington Park neighborhoods through the power of sport. The Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC also lent their support to the youth-driven initiative as official sponsors of the event.

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    The day kicked off with stretching and warmups led by Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders alongside Freddie the Falcon, the official mascot of the Atlanta Falcons. Former Atlanta Falcons Robert Moore and Ken Oxendine then spoke about sport as a platform for new opportunities, friendships and better health. Laureus USA Chairman Edwin Moses and CEO Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, both Olympic Gold Medalists, explained Laureus’ work around the world that uses sport as a social change through the support of Mercedes-Benz USA.

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    All of the youth then split into teams and got to know their team mates, many of which were new faces. Teams then rotated through sports stations that exposed them to a wide variety of opportunities to stay active. They continued to bond with their team mates as they ran, played soccer, basketball, tennis and football together.

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    We were leverage the support of its many partners across professional and youth sport to present an exciting offering of stations. The football and soccer stations were run by our generous event sponsors the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC. Laureus were also able to incorporate two of their partner programs from their work in New Orleans: Girls on the Run NOLA and ELEVATE. Girls on the Run NOLA ran fun running activities with the support of the local Girls on the Run Atlanta chapter. ELEVATE ran endurance focused basketball drills that had the youth alternating between dribbling and jumping.

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    The final station gave youth the opportunity to share and discuss what sport means in their own lives, and what sport programs they would like to see in their own community. Their insight were captured instantaneously by a live illustrator, who drew and organized their feedback.

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    The Day of Sport brought youth of Atlanta’s Westside closer together, while inspiring them to stay active through a wide variety of sports. Together, Mercedes-Benz USA, Laureus USA and Families First will continue to invest in the surrounding neighborhoods through innovative sport programming that will maximize the potential of local youth.

     

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    Germany Hosts the Laureus Sport for Good Summit

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    HEIDELBERG, GERMANY – October 13th, 2016 – The movement of Sport for Good transcends cultures, languages and ideologies to unite 35 different countries in their use of sport as a tool for social change. This past week, Laureus convened its global network of over 100 partners to exchange knowledge, address challenges and inspire new ideas. The convening, called the Laureus Sport for Good Summit, created a platform that advanced sport as a catalyst for global development. Over the course of the Summit, themes of youth leadership, collaboration and alignment to the Sustainable Development Goals emerged.

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    From using skateboarding in Afghanistan, to judo in Argentina: each Sport for Good program that Laureus supports was represented. Laureus brought them together to provide tools and ideas for them to strengthen their impact. Over three days of panels, workshops and games, leaders of these programs were able to deepen their understanding of sport as a driver of youth development.  They found that sport’s flexibility lends itself to addressing a broad range of complex challenges. These targets range from child marriage to obesity, racism to gun violence. Whatever the issue at hand, each program is successfully using sport to address it and put at-risk children on a better path. The parallels between programs, despite operating on different continents, showcased how sport plays a universally impactful role in the development of youth.

    14589695_10153934814435777_5273196309988901707_oJoining the inspirational experience were some of Laureus Ambassadors and Academy Members, who are professional athletes that volunteer their time in support of Sport for Good. Laureus Ambassadors Sebastian Steudtner and Tamika Catchings spoke on perseverance, urging the audience to pursue their goals at all costs. They shared experiences of when others doubted them and told them they would never amount to anything. They also discussed what inspired them to start their own Sport for Good programs. Laureus Academy Members Hugo Porta and Sean Fitzpatrick discussed the importance of humility and resilience in rising to the challenges that we will all face in life.

    Laureus Sport For Good Summit - Day 3A reoccurring focus of the conference was the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their relevance to Sport for Good.  Created by the United Nations, the SDGs are a roadmap to achieving prosperity for our planet and all of its people. It is an agenda made up of clearly outlined goals that all nations and sectors must partner to achieve by 2030. Laureus Sport for Good believes that focusing on the  SDGs will help amplify sport’s positive effects on youth around the world. By having the programs fit their outcomes into specific SDGs, they can help prove their impact and unlock new support.

    Laureus Sport For Good Summit - Day 3While Laureus Sport for Good guided programs through the process of identifying which SDGs they are working towards, it underwent the same exercise. Laureus Sport for Good ultimately refocused its mission and vision around using sport to achieve six key SDGs:

    Health: Enhancing physical and mental well-being

    Education: Increasing access to quality education

    Employability: Creating pathways to meaningful employment

    Women and Girls: Promoting gender equality, empowerment and safety

    Inclusive Society: Creating communities that embrace differences

    Peaceful Society: Resolving conflict and creating safe spaces

    With the power of sport as the unifying language, lasting friendships were forged over the three-day summit. These newfound partnerships will become the future of Sport for Good, as programs will now work together to effectively strengthen their impact. Laureus was deeply inspired by the convening, and will use the results to enhance our support of youth around the world.

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