Sport by its very nature is about participation, inclusion and citizenship. It brings individuals and communities together, sport highlights commonalities among people and can bridge cultural or ethnic divides.
Sport helps us learn new skills such as discipline, confidence and leadership it also teaches core principles such as co-operation, tolerance and respect. Sport teaches us how to manage victory, as well as defeat.
When these positive aspects of sport are emphasized, sport becomes a powerful vehicle where those involved can work towards achieving common goals.
Nelson Mandela (1918–2013) “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.”
April 6 has been designated the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, and for 3 years running, April 6th has been a day to acknowledge, celebrate and reflect on the power of sport around the world.
How can we recognize and celebrate the role and responsibility of sport on April 6!
Director of the Sport and Development Project at Brown University – Mr.Eli Wolff said “We can commit to promoting and ensuring dignity, inclusion and respect for all. We can call for fostering positive development and human rights within and through sport. We can share stories of sport as a vehicle for social change. We can use the power of sport to welcome, to unite and to heal.”
See Mr Eli Wolff’ Article – “Honoring the Role and Responsibility of Sport on April 6”
Published 01/04/16 by Mark McCluskey