Sport for social change organisation Beyond Sport has announced the winners of its annual Beyond Sport Global Awards at an event in New York.
The winners include some of the world’s most innovative organisations, who are being supported in their missions to achieve UN’s global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Beyond Sport Foundation, with support from its partners, will facilitate more than $600,000 in funding and strategic business support to help them further their work and continue to impact communities.
Among the winners were Iranian Stadium Ban Activists, represented by Maryam Shojaei, who won the flagship Sport for Human Rights Award, in partnership with the Equality League. The award was presented by Human Rights Watch's Director of Global Initiatives, Minky Worden, and praises the efforts of the group to drive a global conversation on the ban of women from sports stadiums in Iran.
Other winners include UCI WorldTeam cycling team Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka who won the Corporate Campaign or Initiative in Sport for Good award, thanks to their work with Qhubeka Charity to provide bicycles to people in Africa; and Love.futbol, who picked up the Sustainable Cities and Communities Award for its global efforts to create and sustain local safe spaces, promoting football pitches as centres of community and platforms for sustainable social change.
Founder and President, Beyond Sport, Nick Keller, said: “The Beyond Sport Global Awards are a wonderful insight into how sport can dramatically impact communities and individuals in such a positive way.
“When you step back and recognise that this work is often being done on the fringes of society, our winners, and indeed the entire shortlist, are showing that sport has a significant role to play in solving the world's greatest challenges. The grants and platform will hopefully help drive these organisations on and ensure that as a collective sport contributes in a significant way to the SDGs. Congratulations to our winners and shortlist and we are extremely grateful for the support from our judges, partners and presenters.”