Beyond Sport has announced the 29 entries that have officially been shortlisted for its Global Awards.
Celebrating its 11th year as the leading purpose-driven sports awards, this year’s shortlist of standouts represents 37 countries, across six continents and more than 40 sports, all dedicated to creating positive social impact in communities around the world through sport and achieving the UN Global Goals by 2030.
The entries represent inspiring ways sport is being used to change lives across a variety of social issues, including tackling violence, injustice and discrimination in South Africa through futsal, changing the perception of women in Papua New Guinea through rugby, boosting college and career readiness through basketball in the US and promoting inclusion of young people with disabilities through baseball in Brazil.
On September 12, representatives of each of the organizations will attend the ceremony hosted by SAP in New York, where the winners of each category will be announced. Attended by sports personalities, business leaders and development visionaries the Global Awards celebrate, support, raise awareness and provide funding through the Beyond Sport Foundation.
Nick Keller, Founder and President, Beyond Sport, said: “On behalf of the Beyond Sport Foundation and our judges, congratulations to our 2019 Beyond Sport Global Awards Official Shortlist. Every year, we are more impressed by the incredibly innovative ways organizations are leveraging sport to drive change in their communities.
“We understand the tremendous amount of effort it takes to mobilize and contribute to local and global impact and are once again grateful for the opportunity to champion the visionaries responsible for utilizing sport to make the world a better place.”
This year, Beyond Sport will invest over $600k to drive collective impact and recognize the world’s best in sport for social change. All shortlisted organizations will also receive a custom support package from experts in the business, sport and development sectors to strengthen their organizations through mentoring and fundraising tools. The Awards highlight a week of activities for Beyond Sport, which will host its first-ever Beyond Sport House, bringing together leaders and innovators from around the world to address how sport can drive collective impact.
New this year will also be two Beyond Sport Collective Impact Awards, focused on driving collaboration between multiple organizations and exponentially increasing their ability to drive social change on a single Global Goal. The Dick's Sporting Goods Foundation is supporting The Sport for Reduced Inequalities Collective Impact Award (Goal 10) and the Swedish Postcode Foundation is supporting The Sport for Climate Action Collective Impact Award (Goal 13). The Collective Impact Award winners will be announced in August.
THE 2019 BEYOND SPORT GLOBAL AWARDS OFFICIAL SHORTLIST:
Sport for Health and Wellbeing Award (Goal 3)
· Shakti Girls, Krida Vikas Sanstha Nagpur & Slum Soccer – India
· Kicking Out Malaria, ISAIAH 58 Care Foundation – Nigeria
· Aktive Jèn Yo, GOALS Haiti – Haiti
Sport for Quality Education Award (Goal 4)
· Open Doors to Inclusion, Rodrigo Mendes Institute - Brazil
· Surfing for a Better Future, Fundacion Amigos del Mar - Colombia
· “Nashatati” Jordan Schools Programme, Generations For Peace - Jordan
· Dallaglio RugbyWorks – UK
· New Heights College Bound, New Heights Inc - USA
Sport for Gender Equality Award
· Girls Power Punch, Boxgirls Kenya – Kenya
· Teaming up for Social Transformation, GOALS Armenia – Armenia
· The Bicycle to Generate Gender Equality for the Girls of Soacha, Ninas sin Miedo – Colombia
· Using Adventure Sports to Develop Female Leaders, Free To Run – Afghanistan and Iraq
· Women's Sport Leadership Academy, Global
Sport for Decent Work and Economic Growth Award
· Careers of Meaning Through Sport, Sport Dans La Ville – France
· Kick4Life Social Enterprises, Kick4Life – Lesotho
· Street Sports Incubator, GAME – Jordan
Sport for Sustainable Cities and Communities Award
· Fight With Insight – South Africa
· CDE Dragones de Lavapies – Spain
· GAME House – Denmark
· love.futbol – Global
Sport for Peace and Social Justice Award
· Pledge United, Inspire – Indonesia
· University of Tennessee Center for Sport, Peace, and Society – USA
· 2019 Exploitation and Trafficking Prevention Campaign, It’s a Penalty – USA
· Peace is My Utopia, UTOPÍA A.C. – Mexico
· training4changeS – South Africa
Corporate Campaign or Initiative in Sport for Good
· Power Meri, Media Stockade - Papua New Guinea
· Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka - South Africa
· WWE & Special Olympics - Global
· Siemens Gamesa - India