Beyond Sport United returned to New York on September 12-13 to convene leaders and change-makers from around the world to explore how sport is being used to create positive social change in communities across the globe.
This year's event moved the conversation forward from 2017's theme by focusing specifically on young people's role in social activism, and how they are making an impact through engagement, citizenship and leadership.
Beyond Sport United, supported by the major U.S. leagues - MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, NHL, and the WNBA - draws together global influencers and innovators across sport, business, development, and government to look through a youth-engagement lens:
- Firstly, we explored how sport can support young people making an impact through engagement, citizenship and leadership approaches.
- Secondly, we looked at how the sport industry - teams, leagues and brands – should be engaging with this new generation: how are we speaking to youth, making our work more purposeful, ensuring we are relevant and meaningful across experiential, content, and product offerings.
The 2-day interactive event offered delegates the opportunity to take part in best practice on the ground at Community in Action, be inspired at the Beyond Sport Global Awards, and take part in workshops, break-out sessions, and cutting-edge panel discussions at Beyond Sport United.
In its tenth year, the Beyond Sport Global Awards, took place at the stunning One World Observatory, and celebrated, supported, raised awareness and provided funding for ways sport is being used to help make the Global Goals for Sustainable Development a reality.
This year's categories aligned with the UNSDGs, ranging from the Sport for Quality Education and Employment Award, to the Sport for Equality Award, to the Sport Climate Action Award.
Delegates had the opportunity to network with sports celebrities, business leaders and development visionaries as we awarded more than $350,000 to the most innovative projects using sport to address the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Delegates were inspired by the finalists from around the world – narrowed down from over 400 applications! A full list of the winners can be found here.
The Beyond Sport Global Awards are made possible by Official Supporters, Comic Relief, ESPN, Chivas Regal, Swedish Postcode Foundation and Xiaomi, Award Category Partners, WWE, Generation Amazing and SAP, and Host Partner, Legends. Business support packages are provided by Upshot, GivenGain, YouTube and TrustLaw.