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 More than $350,000 awarded to innovative projects and individuals who are using sport to spur positive social change

New York, NY, September 13, 2018 – Last night grassroots organizations, brands, sports teams, leagues and athletes gathered at the One World Observatory atop One World Trade for the Beyond Sport Global Awards. In its 10th anniversary year, the organization and its partners celebrated bold, innovative and courageous projects and individuals who are using sport to make the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality.

Selected from 400 entries covering more than 50 sports, the 2018 official shortlisters represented the most diverse range of sports, countries and social issues received by the organization to date. 12 awards were handed out on the inspirational night in a celebration of  how sport can help tackle some of the most pressing social issues in the world today.

"On behalf of the Beyond Sport Foundation and our judges, congratulations to our brilliant and bold award winners. It’s been a remarkable year with innovation and courage mixing in equal quantities. We are not only grateful to be able to provide the opportunity to promote sport through our Global Awards, but also to continue to bring like-minded people together as resources for each other and to share ways that sport can advance a more peaceful and sustainable society,” said Nick Keller, Founder and President, Beyond Sport.

Shortisters were joined by a world class line up of presenters, including NBA Hall of Famer, Dikembe Mutombo, Olympic Medalist, Jenny Simpson, NYC FC’s Brad Stuver, Wheelchair basketball legend, Patrick Anderson, WWE Superstars Titus O’Neil and Sonya Deville and 5-time FIFA World Cup Coach, Bora Milutinović among others.

MLB’s Billy Bean presented the first award of the night, the Sport for Equality Award, to Terres en Mêlées (France, Togo, Burkina-Faso, Morocco, Madagascar, Cambodia). Their Rugby for the Emancipation of Young Girls project works to improve the living conditions of young girls on a physical and psychological level. An amazing 27,000 girls are benefitting from its sports curriculum.

The Women Economic Empowerment Through Sport Tourism project from 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking (Nepal) took home the Sport for Quality Education and Employment Award, supported by SAP. The program teaches women from poor, remote regions in the Himalayas trekking and guiding skills allowing them to become self-sufficient. Over 2000 women have completed the training. 

New this year, was the Sport for Refugees Award, supported by Generation Amazing. The award went to Reclaim Childhood for its Connecting Refugee and Local Jordanian Women Through Sport project. The organization brings refugee and Jordanian girls together on the playing field by training Syrian, Iraqi, Sudanese, Palestinian, Somali, Egyptian and local Jordanian coaches to lead their own sports teams and work together towards community resilience.

Keke Lehana received the Courageous Use of Sport Award, supported by WWE and presented by Titus O’Neil and Sonya Deville. As a coachwith training4changeS, Keke mentors and supports young people in sport, education and the intricacies of life in South African townships. The extreme difficulties and trauma that he faced as a child helped forge him in to the role model he has become today

The Global Impact of the Year Award went to Coaches Across Continents. The organization was one of the first ever winners of a Beyond Sport Global Award and are also celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. The organization impacts millions of children from diverse backgrounds and 10 of the UN SDGs through its sport for social impact partnerships with governments, foundations, corporations and community-based organizations in over 50 countries.  

Other winners included: Shooting Touch (Rwanda) whose Basketball Health Corps program picked up the Sport for Health and Well-being Award; NHL Green which won the Sport for Climate Action Award (USA and Canada); GAME (Lebanon) whose Looking for a Place to Dream project won the Sport for Innovation and Tech Award; Fundación Fútbol Más (Chile) which took home the Sport for Sustainable Cities & Communities Award.

Best Partnership or Collaboration in Sport For Good went to Positive Tracks for its Sweat for Good project, while Volvo Ocean Race picked up the Best Corporate Campaign or Initiative in Sport for Good for its Clean Seas – ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ project.

Since 2008, the Beyond Sport Foundation has supported 200+ organizations worldwide, providing $1.5M+ in funds, and distributing $8 million+ worth of long-term strategic support

The Beyond Sport Global Awards were 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 were provided by Upshot, GivenGain, TrustLaw, YouTube,, the George Washington University Sport Philanthropy Certificate Program and

Click here to view Getty Images from the event 

Click here to view the Official Shortlisters video


Karen Asare, [email protected], 646-854-5535 (w)



Founded in 2008, Beyond Sport is the leading global force for sustainable social change through sport, instilling insight, energy and impact in communities around the world. The organization does this through convening, supporting and advising the worlds of sport, business, government and development on how sport can be used as a tool to achieve both social and business objectives. Since 2009, the Beyond Sport Foundation has provided over $8 million worth of funding and support to projects across six continents addressing a range of social issues; commissioned six research projects with leading universities, corporations and the United Nations; facilitated ground-breaking action in child protection, girl’s education, urban communities, sustainability, STEM education and sports role in supporting refugees; and built sustainable sport courts in disadvantaged communities around the world. Beyond Sport’s global network encompasses 2700 organizations in more than 150 countries using sport as a catalyst for change.


Full List of Winners

Sport for Health and Well-being Award

  • Basketball Health Corps - Shooting Touch Rwanda

Sport for Quality Education and Employment Award, supported by SAP      

  • Women Economic Empowerment Through Sport Tourism - 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking Nepal 

Sport for Equality Award

  • Rugby for the Emancipation of Young Girls - Terres en Mêlées France, Togo, Burkina-Faso, Morocco, Madagascar, Cambodia   

Sport for Innovation and Tech Award

  • Looking for a Place to Dream - GAME Lebanon

Best Partnership or Collaboration in Sport for Good Award

  • Sweat For Good - Positive Tracks USA

Sport for Climate Action Award

  • NHL Green USA, Canada

Sport for Sustainable Cities & Communities Award

  • Fútbol Más Barrios – Fundación Fútbol Más Chile

Best Corporate Campaign or Initiative in Sport for Good

  • Clean Seas - "Turn The Tide On Plastic" - Volvo Ocean Race 

Global Impact of the Year

  • Coaches Across Continents

Courageous Use of Sport, supported by WWE

  • Keke Lehana - Coach, training4changeS

Sport for Refugees Award, supported by Generation Amazing

  • Connecting Refugee and Local Jordanian Women Through Sport by Reclaim Childhood

 Xiaomi Community Recognition Grants

  • Thanda: Developing Game-Changing Skills Among Children & Youth in South Africa
  • Indochina Starfish Foundation Cambodia: Promoting Health & Well-Being Through Inclusive Sport

Sport Addressing Racial Inequities in the US