|Girls play football at the UNICEF-supported Khorbou Centre Basic School in Juba, Southern Sudan.|
NEW YORK, USA, 17 February 2009 – The search is on to find the world’s most inspirational sport programmes.
Beyond Sport, a British NGO, is scouring the world to honour the people and organizations that change the world through sport – by promoting children’s rights, helping the environment or fostering peace.
This year for the first time, Beyond Sport will host an awards ceremony in London, and UNICEF is sponsoring an award on child rights to be presented there. Ten other awards will honour sport programmes that demonstrate corporate leadership and social responsibility, and the contributions of professional sports teams.
'The right to play'
“In sponsoring the UNICEF Children’s Rights Award, we are recognizing the vital role that sport can play in helping to fulfil children’s rights, as laid out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, whether that be the right to health, education or the right to play,” said UNICEF UK Executive Director David Bull.
Beyond Sport is supported by the world’s leading sporting organizations, including the International Olympic Committee, the National Basketball Association, the International Tennis Federation and Major League Baseball.
Entries to the Beyond Sport awards competition close on 9 March 2009, and the awards will be given in London on 7-9 July. The winners of the six Beyond Sport Foundation Awards will receive funding and long-term support to enable them to develop and become fully sustainable.