Over 100 leading Sport for Development organisations from around the world have set out their commitment to use sport as a tool to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals at the 2016 Laureus Sport for Good Summit in Germany.
Soon after the announcement of the Sustainable Development Goals, Laureus Sport for Good refocused its vision and mission around six key areas covered within the 17 Goals:
Health: Enhancing mental wellbeing/encouraging healthy behaviour change
Education: Supporting quality of and access to education
Employability: Increasing employability and creating pathways to employment
Women and Girls: Promoting equality, empowerment and safety
Inclusive Society: Creating communities which embrace ethnic, cultural and physical differences
Peaceful Society: Resolving conflict, promoting community peace-building and creating safe spaces
The Sport for Good Summit brought together leaders from Laureus-supported projects in around 30 countries, across all the continents. Laureus urged all programmes in the Sport for Good movement to align their aims with the Sustainable Development Goals. The aim of the three-day Summit is to give sport for development organisations an opportunity to share knowledge and learning to promote high quality sport programmes which change the lives of children young people around the world.
As well as learning and developing as leaders, the delegates attending the Summit also had the chance to build relationships with Laureus Academy Members Sean Fitzpatrick and Hugo Porta, and USA’s 2016 Olympic gold medal-winning basketball star, Laureus Ambassador Tamika Catchings. The sporting legends offered their own personal experiences of the power of sport, joined breakout sessions and inspired the project leaders to continue their life-changing work.
The Summit took place in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region thanks to the support of the Dietmar Hopp Stiftung (Foundation).