Pioneering sport for development leaders from around the world are gearing up to visit Sinsheim and Heidelberg, Germany, for a three-day Sport for Good Summit which will focus on the power sport can have to help change the lives of young people.
This is the fourth Laureus Sport for Good Summit, and the first to be held in Germany. The first Summit took place in London in 2011, Barcelona in 2012 and Kuala Lumpur in 2014. The event brings together programme leaders of Laureus-supported projects from 30 countries spreading across all continents.
The aim of the Summit is to unite Laureus-supported organisations, giving them the opportunity to learn, communicate and work together for the benefit of young people around the world.
Sean Fitzpatrick, Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy said: “We are delighted to be back in Germany six months after the Laureus World Sports Awards to host our Sport for Good Summit and focus on the great work being done by the programmes we support around the world.Sport for many is about the next match or the next competition, but for these inspirational, hardworking and dedicated people, sport is a tool on the journey towards a better life. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and thanking them for the work they do.”
Keynote speakers from within the sport for development industry will offer advice and guidance to attendees on developing leadership within their organisations, methods of fundraising, engaging with corporate partners and measuring impact.
Laureus Academy Members and legends of the sporting world Sean Fitzpatrick, Hugo Porta and Maria Höfl-Riesch will be joined by Laureus Ambassador and USA’s Olympic gold medal-winning basketball star Tamika Catchings at the Summit, engaging with programme leaders, taking part in workshops and inspiring them to continue their great work.
Tamika Catchings, Laureus Ambassador: “This event will be special for me both in two ways. In my role as a Laureus Ambassador I’m looking forward to meeting new faces and hearing about how sport helps young people in different communities around the world, but also as I’m going to be travelling with my sister who helps lead the Catch The Stars foundation, using sport to empower youth to achieve their dreams, and we’re both excited to learn and develop.”
The Summit takes place in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region thanks to the support of the Dietmar Hopp Stiftung (Foundation).