Games 4 Good Foundation Announces 2016 Partners

Picture by Joshua White for Skateistan

Picture by Joshua White for Skateistan

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The Games 4 Good Foundation (G4G) is proud to announce its 2016 partners. Our six grant recipients represent localized approaches that apply four different sports to affect positive change on four continents (North America, South America, Africa and Asia). A brief abstract of each initiative can be found below.

Girls On the Run

Girls on the Run New Orleans (GOTR NOLA) inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using an experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. It envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Studies show that as girls mature from childhood to adolescence, levels of physical activity decline and risk for unhealthy outcomes like obesity, diabetes and depression become more prevalent. For this reason, GOTR is an essential program as it is changing girls’ behaviors and attitudes towards physical activity.

To learn more click HERE

Skateistan

G4G is excited to partner with Skateistan Cambodia’s Skate and Create, Street Outreach and Youth Leadership programs to provide girls, youth living with disabilities, and youth from low-income families with personal development opportunities using skateboarding and a unique creative arts curriculum.

G4G funds will support an expansion project in Sihanoukville, a province in the southwest part of the country. Skateistan Educators will provide skateboarding sessions and creative arts classes, such as painting and origami to over 100 children per week. For most children in the area, this is the first time they have had the chance to try skateboarding. Skateistan Cambodia hopes to equip the at-risk children in Sihanoukville with the knowledge, confidence, and social support to become role models in their port community.

To learn more click HERE

Kids Play International

Founded by 3-time Olympian Tracy Evans in 2008, Kids Play International (KPI), uses sport to promote gender equity in communities impacted by genocide. With the goal of building a better community with a bigger purpose, G4G funds will help KPI harness the power of sport and the Olympic value of Fair Play to inspire the next generation to positively shift gender norms in Rwanda. Rooted in the belief that sport can be a powerful catalyst for social change, KPI’s programs embrace and teach the inspirational Fair Play attributes of: respect, community, contribution, opportunity and moral courage.

To learn more click HERE

Beat The Streets

G4G is excited to support Beat the Streets (BTS) by supporting the Providence Middle School Wrestling League.

In 2015, 41% of youth under the age of 18 in Providence and Central Falls were living under the poverty line. This is by far the highest in the entire state, a state which has the highest rate of any in New England.

This has directly translated to youth and schools struggling with underachievement & behavioral issues.

  • 35% of Students Chronically Absent
  • 15% Drop Out Rate
  • 71% Graduating in Four Years
  • 34% Average NECAP Proficiency
  • 8300 Incidents of Suspension
  • 91% minority
  • 80% of students eligible for free and reduced lunch
  • 20% of students ESL

BTS will provide its proven mixture of coaching, competition, mentoring and academic support to help transform all aspects of its participants lives.

To learn more click HERE

Juventud Lider Foundation

G4G is excited to support Juventud Lider Foundation (JLF), an emerging non-profit working in Colombia. Colombia possesses some of the most unequal distribution of income in the western hemisphere, according to the World Bank. (2013 Gini coefficient ~ 0.535). Children are the most vulnerable subjects in this situation.

JLF’s soccer-based Passes of Hope looks for to revert their path by giving them the most important tools: Education and Values. This program will provide on the field training and lessons, classroom time and work with parents to help integrate the program’s values at home.

To learn more click HERE

Coaches Across Continents (CAC) with Training 4 Changes (T4C)

For the past two years, CAC has invested in the use of technology to improve the delivery of Sport for Social Development. In 2016, it launched a Virtual Learning Community that is already educating participants in more than 40 countries through monthly webinars. It’s partner, T4C, seeks to empower individuals and communities in South Africa through sport. CAC will work with t4c to bring technology to life in their School Futsal Initiative (SFI) and Skills4Life Employability program.

To learn more about CAC, click HERE

To learn more about Training 4 Changes, click HERE

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Games 4 Good Foundation Announces 2016 Partners