[highlight color=”orange”]“Sport has the power to reach many people across the globe and, in essence, is a language understood by everyone.”-Jacques Rogge, member of the International Olympic Committee[/highlight]
For decades sport has been recognized as a way to build peace and cooperation among diverse people (that is why the Olympic Games began). Recognizing the value of sport in developing peace, the United Nations has marked April 6th as International Day of Sport for the Development of Peace.
At the Global Youth Village, we love to play and we love sports! Basketball, Ping-Pong, soccer, football, volleyball, badminton, you name it and you see teens playing it! We know that sport is not only a great way to stay active and healthy, but it is an opportunity to connect with teens from around the world. Here are just a few of the benefits of sport at the Global Youth Village and in the world:
Helps connect students who speak different languages: Sport and games are themselves universal languages; once you know the game, you don’t need to talk too much – just play!
- Teaches teamwork and cooperation
- Empowers players and builds self-esteem
- Encourages equality: All members of the team are valuable and respected
- Promotes trust: Playing on the same team and working towards a common goal builds trust among new friends
- ITS FUN! Laughter, play and friendly competition is just plain fun!
Ready to play with other youth from around the world this summer? Join us and register now!
Want to learn more about the connection between sport and peace? Here are some great resources:
Right to Play – Right To Play’s mission is to use sport and play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict, and disease in disadvantaged communities
Sport and Peace – organization based in Monaco, with a mission to “bring the structuring values of sport to the heart of communities in crisis throughout the world, making sport a vehicle for tolerance, respect and citizenship at the service of sustainable peace.”
April6.org – platform with listing of sport events in celebration of the International Day of Sport for the Development of Peace – plan a sport event for April 6th and add it to the list, or find an event near you!
Soccer for Peace – Soccer for Peace is a non-profit organization aiming to unite children of war-torn nations in their shared love of soccer
Peace Players International – brings children from conflict communities together to play basketball