“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to unite in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.” – Nelson Madela
Nelson Madela’s speech at the inaugural Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award truly reflects the power of sports. An award that is given to a world athlete who exemplifies the highest virtue of sport, honour, courage, joy and perseverance.
Ever noticed closely a bunch of kids playing with a simple football/ soccer ball in the field? They are not just out there having fun, but sports teaches them so much more – coordination, team work, trust, judgement etc. As Johann Rupert, founder of Laureus Awards says “The true values of sport can bring together families, friends, nations – and on occasions, the whole world – in a way that no other human activity can.” Many non-profit organisations working with communities and children are increasingly using sports for development proving that sports are much more than just an ‘activity for pleasure’.
If you know of more organisations that focus on sports for development, do write to us about them so that we can feature their amazing work here!