The 2018 Beyond Sport Global Awards have been presented in New York, as the London-based organisation celebrates its 10th anniversary.
A star-studded event at the One World Observatory brought together grassroots organisations, brands, sports teams, leagues and athletes to celebrate the bold, innovative and courageous projects and individuals who are using sport to make the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality.
The first award of the night, the Sport for Equality Award, went 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 program 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 organization 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.
Keke Lehana received the Courageous Use of Sport Award. As a coach with training4changeS, Keke mentors and supports young people in sport, education and the intricacies of life in South African townships. The extreme difficulties and trauma that he faced as a child helped forge him in to the role model he has become today.
The Global Impact of the Year Award went to Coaches Across Continents. The organisation impacts millions of children from diverse backgrounds and 10 of the UN SDGs through its sport for social impact partnerships with governments, foundations, corporations and community-based organizations in over 50 countries.
Best Partnership or Collaboration in Sport For Good went to Positive Tracks for its Sweat for Good project, while Volvo Ocean Race picked up the Best Corporate Campaign or Initiative in Sport for Good for its Clean Seas – ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ project.
Spirit of Soccer was awarded the Sport for Peace and Social Justice Award for its Countering Violent Extremism in Iraq project.
Other winners included: Shooting Touch (Rwanda) whose Basketball Health Corps program picked up the Sport for Health and Well-being Award; NHL Green which won the Sport for Climate Action Award; GAME (Lebanon) whose Looking for a Place to Dream project won theSport for Innovation and Tech Award; Fundación Fútbol Más (Chile) which took home theSport for Sustainable Cities & Communities Award.
Nick Keller, Founder and President, Beyond Sport concluded "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”.
Since 2008, the Beyond Sport Foundation has supported 200+ organisations worldwide, providing $1.5M+ in funds, and distributing $8 million+ worth of long-term strategic support.