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Beyond Sport Global Awards recognise 12 sport for social change pioneers at One World Observatory

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Beyond Sport Global Awards recognise 12 sport for social change pioneers at One World Observatory

More than $350,000 were awarded to innovative projects and individuals who are using sport to spur positive social change.

Last night grassroots organisations, brands, sports teams, leagues and athletes gathered at the One World Observatory atop One World Trade for the Beyond Sport Global Awards. In its 10th anniversary year, the organisation and its partners celebrated bold, innovative and courageous projects and individuals who are using sport to make the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality.

Selected from 400 entries covering more than 50 sports, the 2018 official shortlisters represented the most diverse range of sports, countries and social issues received by the organisation to date. 12 awards were handed out on the inspirational night in a celebration of how sport can help tackle some of the most pressing social issues in the world today. 

"On behalf of the Beyond Sport Foundation and our judges, congratulations to our brilliant and bold award winners. It’s been a remarkable year with innovation and courage mixing in equal quantities. We are not only grateful to be able to provide the opportunity to promote sport through our Global Awards, but also to continue to bring like-minded people together as resources for each other and to share ways that sport can advance a more peaceful and sustainable society,” said Nick Keller, Founder and President, Beyond Sport.

Shortisters were joined by a world class line up of presenters, including NBA Hall of Famer, Dikembe Mutombo, Olympic Medalist, Jenny Simpson, NYC FC’s Brad Stuver, wheelchair basketball legend, Patrick Anderson, WWE Superstars Titus O’Neil and Sonya Deville and 5-time FIFA World Cup Coach, Bora Milutinović among others. 

MLB’s Billy Bean presented the first award of the night, the Sport for Equality Award, to Terres en Mêlées (France, Togo, Burkina-Faso, Morocco, Madagascar, Cambodia). Their Rugby for the Emancipation of Young Girls project works to improve the living conditions of young girls on a physical and psychological level. An amazing 27,000 girls are benefitting from its sports curriculum. 

The Women Economic Empowerment Through Sport Tourism project from 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking (Nepal) took home the Sport for Quality Education and Employment Award, supported by SAP. The programme teaches women from poor, remote regions in the Himalayas trekking and guiding skills allowing them to become self-sufficient. Over 2000 women have completed the training.  

New this year, was the Sport for Refugees Award, supported by Generation Amazing. The award went to Reclaim Childhood for its Connecting Refugee and Local Jordanian Women Through Sport project. The organisation brings refugee and Jordanian girls together on the playing field by training Syrian, Iraqi, Sudanese, Palestinian, Somali, Egyptian and local Jordanian coaches to lead their own sports teams and work together towards community resilience. 

Past Beyond Sport Global Award winner, Dikembe Mutombo awarded Spirit of Soccer with the Sport for Peace and Social Justice Award for its Countering Violent Extremism in Iraq project. Quoting Nelson Mandela, he noted, “sport has the power to change the world for good.” He went on to say, “even if you are not a winner tonight, you are a winner. Congratulations to all the shortlisters.” 

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Friday, September 14, 2018 - 10:59

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