This is a longer version of an article published on SportandDev.org With the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace closed down by the global body, there is undoubtedly a void in this space in which many of us here work. But, for all the high profile oomph the UNOSDP added to the world of sport for good, it’s passing need not be seen as devastating. For one, the work the UNOSDP has already done in its 16 years of life has laid a platform for the development of sport for social justice. While many of us knew for years that sport had a wider purpose beyond mere business or entertainment, the UNOSDP has provided a base of credibility that may have otherwise taken much longer to establish. While much of the work is, in many ways, still to be done, the UNOSDP has left a positive legacy on which we can all build. More problematic is the shifting of the UNOSDP’s brief to the IOC. Obliging the IOC to administer to the peace and development facets of modern sport raises three qu…
We are very pleased to announce that The Kick Project has received a $AUD16,500 donation
from the Australian Government to fund a pilot soccer program with
Rohingya refugees in Malaysia. The
funds, coming through the Australian High Commission in Malaysia,
will allow the charity to support the Rohingya Football Club which
has become a vital part of the exiled Rohingya community in Kuala
program entails kitting out the team, providing transport to games
and establishing a sports and community hub where Rohingya people can
access sporting equipment and coaching. Young
people, and girls in particular, are the long term focus of the
Kick Project founder James Rose says the Rohingya are in dire need of
UN has called the Rohingya arguably the most persecuted group in the
been forced to flee their homelands in Myanmar, where they have been
made stateless by government decree, and many have lost their lives
as a result." As
Interesting read from The New Yorker on the authority and power invested in professional athletes, in relation to influencing the progress of social justice.
The focus here is on American sports, but the theme can be easily extended to other sports, worldwide.
It's perhaps no surprise perhaps that the rise of pro sports as a massive industry in its own right, with the parallel gains for individuals in money and celebrity terms, that more athletes don't speak out about important issues. There's clearly a lot at stake, and a lot to lose for those who step off the tightly managed corporate line running through most large sports organisations and clubs.
But, the fact that a large percentage of today's professional athletes come from simple backgrounds, if not from situations of outright poverty and/or abuse, begs the question of why don't more speak up about the circumstances that they escaped from and in which some of their peers in youth remain ensconced?