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“Sport has the power to change the world…”

– Nelson Mandela

 

 

We agree, sport is powerful. Our mission, therefore, is to wield that power wisely - to use sport as an instrument of progress, conveying messages that empower, values that elevate, principles that educate, and ideals that build lasting peace.

To reach these ends, we have cultivated a dynamic network of experts and volunteers, ranging from coaches and players to university professors and physicians, all who share our commitment to impact communities around the world through sport.

Since 1992, SportForward has conducted a wide variety of sports projects in more than 60 countries.  Along the way, we have learned valuable lessons about building meaningful cross-cultural relationships.  These lessons-learned uniquely position us to create and support sustainable programs, where true progress begins and lasting change is achieved.

25 YEARS OF GLOBAL IMPACT

65 COUNTRIES AND COUNTING...

 
 
 
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Move Forward


Move Forward


We move communities forward by

ELEVATING

Encouraging societies where all citizens are valued and treated with mutual respect.

EMPOWERING

Inspiring the self-confidence and passion for individuals to pursue their dreams.

EDUCATING

Supporting community learning and growth by sharing knowledge and skills.

PEACEBUILDING

Restoring hope and healing to broken communities, families, and relationships.

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What We Do


What We Do


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ELEVATING

"We have an obligation to the abilities we DO have, not the disability."
―  Jim Abbott, New York Yankees One-Handed Pitcher

 

Imagine being hidden away because you live with a disability. Maybe it is from birth. Maybe you were hit with shrapnel on your way home from school. Maybe the doctors made a mistake during a routine vaccination. Armed conflict and limited access to good medical care account for the vast majority of physical and intellectual disabilities in the world, particularly in the areas in which our work is focused. Living with a disability often comes with a stigma that prevents full participation in local society. Sadly, people living with disabilities are not the only individuals that are isolated from society; there are stigmas that accompany those living in poverty, those living in rigid caste systems, and those in ethnic or religious minority groups.

Sport is able to create space in all societies for people to belong, regardless of ability, wealth, or status in the community. We want to provide opportunities in sport that elevate these often over-looked groups.

Key Initiative:

Adaptive Sports Camps in Iraq

  • Years:  2010-2013

  • 200+ youth living with disabilities

  • Sports:  Wheelchair basketball, Ultimate frisbee, sitting volleyball, kickball, bocce

  • Lasting impact:  Train-the-trainers program, mentored volunteers are continuing this work today

 


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EMPOWERING

“Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That's what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.” 
― Bethany Hamilton, professional surfer

 

Suppose, as a little girl, it did not occur to you that girls could shoot baskets or play catch – that girls simply did not play sports. Perhaps you dreamed of playing for your country one day – but that was simply not allowed. Even if it was, your dad, brother, and friends may not be able to watch or even see pictures. This is the reality for women and girls living in areas where they are discouraged from sport participation. 

In culturally appropriate ways, we seek to give them a voice and opportunities to play, so they can discover for themselves the fulfillment that sport brings.

Key Initiative:

Women’s basketball in the Arabian Peninsula

  • Years:  2008-2014

  • 100+ participants

  • Sports:  Basketball training, games, tournaments, and coaches training

  • Lasting impact:  Train-the-trainers programs with local basketball coaches and PE teachers


EDUCATING

“Looking after my health today gives me a better hope for tomorrow.”
― Anne Wilson Schaef, author & psychologist

 

It may seem like everyone knows that what you eat affects your health, but we cannot assume this “common” health knowledge is, in fact, universal. When all the passengers on a sinking ferry boat drown because they never learned to swim; when a sprained ankle leads to amputation; when teenage girls are obese and diabetic because they are not allowed to participate in physical activity – it is in situations like these that health & wellness education truly matters.

Sports is our answer to these challenges – it brings people together for fun and recreation, serving as a medium for teaching about exercise and physical health & wellness. Even something as simple as combining sport and hygiene in our programs can educate an entire community and change lives.

Key Initiative:

"Clean Hands. Clean Game." in Pakistan's largest IDP/refugee camp

  • Year:  2009

  • 6,000 displaced and refugee kids 

  • Sports:  Basketball and soccer tournaments combined with hygiene awareness and education

  • Lasting impact:  Train-the-trainers programs for local mentors


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PEACEBUILDING

“Sport has the power to change the world … Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”
― Nelson Mandela, international statesman & peace advocate

 

Picture a community ravaged by flood or other natural disaster;  picture a city torn apart by conflict and civil unrest. No matter the specific details, individuals affected by these tense and frustrating circumstances are forced to exist in survival mode, struggling to meet their basic needs. Those displaced by natural disaster need a release from these tensions to prevent conflict from arising, and even a simple pick-up soccer game can provide this. Those living in areas of conflict need more intentional efforts, bringing together youth from all sides to create opportunities for mutual understanding and cooperation. 

Sport can bring hope and healing to communities in which lasting peace seems impossible.  

Key Initiative:

Baseball Peace Clinic for Palestinian and Israeli youth

  • Year:  2002

  • Participants:  40 Arab Muslims & 40 Israeli Jews

  • Events:  Baseball training and scrimmage

  • Lasting impact:  Ongoing baseball events at the baseball facility


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Events


Events


EVENTS


Thanks to all our sponsors, partners, volunteers, and participants at the Adaptive Sports Camp 2014!

Click here to read a recap of the event. Visit our social media accounts for a glimpse of the fun:

Facebook: SportForward
Twitter: @SportForward

Stay tuned for another day of fun adaptive sports in Fall 2015!

 

 
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Contact


Contact


CONTACT US

 

405.928.3959

205 East Main Street,
Norman, OK 73069
U.S.A

 
 

 

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