The CARE Sports for Social Change Initiative is a wonderful example of utilizing the power of sport as a vehicle for development. I wanted to be able to share this to contribute to our global conversation on sport and development in a global context.
CARE Sport for Social Change Initiative
CARE's Sport for Social Change Initiative is a pioneering program that uses the convening power of sports as a vehicle to minimize the effects of poverty on marginalized youth and young adult populations. Through sports, CARE is able to bring individuals from all backgrounds and social statuses together in a relaxed and natural environment that is ideal for exploring serious and sensitive issues. CARE believes that sports instill the critical "can do" outlook that is vital to a child’s successful educational development. And, CARE believes in the power of sport to creates lasting individual and social change.
- Sport is helping young women and girls to claim space, build self-esteem, develop leadership skills and strengthen social relationships.
- Sport and sport-based programs promote leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, networking and negotiation skills and enhance female empowerment.
- In 2005, 5 million people were infected with HIV, half of whom were aged between 15 and 24. Sport-based programs can effectively deliver lifesaving information on health, HIV, body functioning, diseases, and hygiene to young people and those at risk.
- Sport & play activities are allowing children affected by conflict or natural disaster a chance to be children again by encouraging resiliency and providing psychosocial support.