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Nationwide, we have supported innovative sport for development programs for over a decade. Our experiences have revealed that while many sport for development programs share aspirations, they remain dispersed and disconnected. We know that these organizations could accomplish more if they had the opportunity to work together.
In response, Laureus USA developed Sport for Good Chapters as a collaborative approach to sport for social change. We are deepening sport’s impact in a specific region by having its program leaders and non-profits work together to scale up positive opportunities for young people.These leaders are able to meet regularly and share experiences as they work towards shared goals. Chapters combine their individual skills, ideas and resources to increase efficiency and tackle locally relevant issues. By activating chapters across the country, Laureus USA is strengthening the sport for development movement as a whole.
Through our Model City Initiative, Laureus USA provides its Sport for Good chapters a deeper level of funding and support, accelerating the impact these Chapters have on their community. The initiative combines grants, monitoring and evaluation support and professional development to accelerate the impact of sport as a tool for youth development:
By uniting sports based youth development organizations and local stakeholders to work towards shared goals, we are positively impacting a growing number of young people and driving long term systems change in the community. We currently have Sport for Good chapters in Atlanta and New Orleans. Due to a deep local commitment in Atlanta and New Orleans, we have also activated these cities as part of our Model City Initiative with full-time Laureus staff working locally to drive collaboration and advance sport’s impact on the lives of youth.
Laureus USA has piloted the Model City Initiative in New Orleans since September 2014. Thus far,
In February 2017, we expanded our Model City Initiative to Atlanta’s Westside communities.