Sports are incredibly valuable for improving social and economic progress. For this reason the U.N. recognizes April 6 each year as International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
We support organizations that use sports as a way to motivate youth and promote positive social change. Participating in sports improves fitness, fosters healthy competition, instills teamwork and pride and levels the playing field for marginalized and vulnerable groups.
Last week we observed the Day of Sport in our blog post "Scoring Goals for Youth and Community-Led Development" to highlight one of our grantee partners in Brazil. The Make It Happen Institute uses soccer and other sporting activities to reach youth and to educate them both on the field and on the sidelines.