The Athletes Village embraces the challenge of enhancing the sports experience for athletes, parents and coaches, but we also recognize how important it is serve others. As we’ve seen at numerous competitions, sports have the power to unify people despite their religion, gender, beliefs or political history. That’s why we feel it’s our duty to promote the foundations and companies who are making a difference in communities locally and worldwide. We are highlighting 5 organizations each month who we feel are making a difference. Some pretty amazing initiatives and they are all looking for teammates!
San Diego, California
Challenged Athletes Foundation vision is to be a recognized leader in a movement through which physically challenged athletes are accepted and respected at the same level as able-bodied athletes, to have a great and significant impact on each physically challenged athlete served, and to reach out to the physically challenged community by providing inspiration, awareness and mentoring.
Celebrating 23 years that helped change the world, CAF is proud to have played a pivotal role in not only changing the lives of tens of thousands challenged athletes globally, but in evolving the world’s perception and acceptance of those with physical challenges.see less
Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. It was founded in 2000 by Johann Olav Koss, a four-time Olympic gold medalist and social entrepreneur. Through sports and games, we help children build essential life skills and better futures, while driving social change in their communities with lasting impact.
Right To Play works in Benin, Burundi, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jordan, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza), Rwanda, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and the United States.
They traditionally enter into countries with the greatest need, and responds to requests for programming by the government and/or communities in those countries. The decision to implement programming is based on a careful assessment of need, organizational capacity and a secure source of funding.see less
New York, NY, USA
The Women’s Sports Foundation was established in 1974 to advance the lives of women and girls through sports and physical activity. Our mission today – we are dedicated to creating leaders by ensuring girls access to sports. We provide financial fuel to aspiring champion athletes. We fund groundbreaking research. We educate. We advocate. And we help communities get girls active. Sure, there’s a long way to go. But, it’s gratifying to see our hard work make sure a difference.see less
Berkeley, CA, USA
It started with a simple concept: A ball.
One World Play Project created an ultra-durable ball to bring the transformative power of play to the hundreds of millions of youth who don’t even have something as simple as a ball. In 2010, One World Futbol Project was founded as a B Corporation. With the help of their Founding Sponsor Chevrolet, their global network of giving partners and their Buy One, Give One customers, they have distributed over 1 million balls to communities around the world.
The One World Futbol was just the beginning. The impact of their efforts was indicative that the need for play was something much greater, showing how play is a critical role in the lives of people all over the world.
Today, One World Play Project is changing the game by expanding their mission, products and services to enable play in all its forms—anywhere and everywhere.see less