April 6, 2014
Today marks the first United Nations International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
Since the turn of the millennium, Laureus has worked across the world changing young lives and communities through sport. And during this 15 years, we have witnessed incredible achievements being made through the power of sport.
These include Roberto from Brazil. After the murder of his father in the Rio favela where they lived, the young man was consumed by anger and thoughts of revenge. A boxing project help him move past these thoughts, and instead of throwing his life away as well, he has now emerged as one of the country’s great young boxing stars.
He now has a beautiful family of his own, including a very special daughter.
Now we want to add more stories such as Roberto’s.
And that’s why we ask you to help mark this day by telling us how sport has helped change your life, the life of someone close to you, or even your school or neighbourhood for the better.
Basically, if you’ve seen or experienced something inspiring because of sport, we want to hear about it and to help spread your story.
The day is being celebrated on April 6, the same date as the opening of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.
But it doesn’t matter if your story is of an Olympic-level triumph, or a memory of your earliest sport experience, we would love to hear about it.