Laureus-supported community projects now span every continent and work passionately toward bringing positive social change and helping individuals overcome difficulties they face. This is all achieved through teaching the values that exist in sport; values such as teamwork, respect for others and hard work. Most projects also have complementary programmes such as educational and life skills workshops.
The issues Laureus and their supported projects address are by no means simple and the challenges ahead are great. Nevertheless, social problems as diverse as drugs abuse, tension between communities, racial and religious intolerance and HIV/AIDS are being confronted through the power of sport, in the hope of a brighter future.
Programmes worldwide which strive to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals are supported by the Global Foundation and a growing network of subsidiary National Foundations in countries such as Argentina, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands and The United States.
There is, of course, much work to be done, but as Academy member Nawal El Moutawakel says, “We cannot change the world overnight, but we can start one playing field at a time.”