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K4L Shortlisted for 2019 Beyond Sport Awards

K4L Shortlisted for 2019 Beyond Sport Awards


Today, global sports for sustainable social change pioneer, Beyond Sport, announced the 29 entries that have officially been shortlisted for its prestigious Global Awards (full list below). In its 11th year as the pinnacle of purpose-driven sports awards, this year’s shortlist of standouts represents 37 countries, across six continents and more than 40 sports, all dedicated to creating positive social impact in communities around the world through sport to help achieve the UN Global Goals by 2030.

“On behalf of the Beyond Sport Foundation and our judges, congratulations to our 2019 Beyond Sport Global Awards Official Shortlist. Every year, we are more impressed by the incredibly innovative ways organizations are leveraging sport to drive change in their communities. We understand the tremendous amount of effort it takes to mobilize and contribute to local and global impact and are once again grateful for the opportunity to champion the visionaries responsible for utilizing sport to make the world a better place,” said Nick Keller, Founder and President, Beyond Sport

Kick4Life is honoured to be recognized for our Social Enterprises in the Decent Work & Economic Growth category. Our social enterprises, including the K4L Inn & Conference Centre and No.7 Restaurant have transformed our organization, providing training and employment for young people as well as generating sustainable income for our Sport for Development programmes. We are now sharing our learning with others in the sector through Social Enterprise Assist. 

The entries represent truly inspiring ways sport is being used to change lives across a variety of social issues, including tackling violence, injustice and discrimination in South Africa through futsal, changing the perception of women in Papua New Guinea through rugby, boosting college and career readiness through basketball in the US and promoting inclusion of young people with disabilities through baseball in Brazil.

On September 12, representatives of each of the organizations will attend the ceremony, taking place at the purpose-focused SAP Next-Gen Lab in New York, where the winners of each category will be announced. Attended by sports celebrities, business leaders and development visionaries, the Global Awards celebrate, support, raise awareness and provide funding through the Beyond Sport Foundation.

This year, the Foundation will invest over $600k to drive collective impact and recognize the world’s best in sport for social change. All shortlisted organizations will also receive a custom business support package from experts in the business, sport and development sectors to strengthen their organizations through mentoring and fundraising tools. The Awards highlight a week of activities for Beyond Sport, which will host its first-ever Beyond Sport House to bring together leaders and innovators the world over to address how sport can drive collective impact.

The 2019 awards are made possible by Official Supporters, Chivas Regal, Comic Relief and ESPN, Award Category Partner, WWE, Business Support Package providers GivenGain, TrustLaw and Upshot,andHost Partner SAP. New this year, will also be two Beyond Sport Collective Impact Awards focused on driving collaboration between multiple organizations to exponentially increase their ability to drive social change on a single Global Goal. The Dick's Sporting Goods Foundation is supporting The Sport for Reduced Inequalities Collective Impact Award (Goal 10) and the Swedish Postcode Foundation is supporting The Sport for Climate Action Collective Impact Award (Goal 13). The Collective Impact Award winners will be announced in August.


 Sport for Health and Wellbeing Award (Goal 3)

  • Shakti Girls, Krida Vikas Sanstha Nagpur & Slum Soccer– India
  • Kicking Out Malaria, ISAIAH 58 Care Foundation– Nigeria
  • Aktive Jèn Yo, GOALS Haiti – Haiti

Sport for Quality Education Award (Goal 4)

  • Open Doors to Inclusion, Rodrigo Mendes Institute - Brazil
  • Surfing for a Better Future, Fundacion Amigos del Mar - Colombia
  • “Nashatati” Jordan Schools Programme, Generations For Peace - Jordan
  • Dallaglio RugbyWorks – UK
  • New Heights College Bound, New Heights Inc - USA

Sport for Gender Equality Award (Goal 5)

  • Girls Power Punch, Boxgirls Kenya–Kenya
  • Teaming up for Social Transformation, GOALS ArmeniaArmenia
  • The Bicycle to Generate Gender Equality for the Girls of Soacha, Ninas sin Miedo– Colombia
  • Using Adventure Sports to Develop Female Leaders, Free 2 Run– Afghanistan and Iraq
  • Women's Sport Leadership Academy, Global

Sport for Decent Work and Economic Growth Award (Goal 8)

  • Careers of Meaning Through Sport, Sport Dans La Ville– France
  • Kick4Life Social Enterprises, Kick4Life– Lesotho
  • Street Sports Incubator, GAME­– Jordan

Sport for Sustainable Cities and Communities Award (Goal 11)

  • Fight With Insight – South Africa
  • CDE Dragones de Lavapies – Spain
  • GAME House – Denmark
  • – Global

Sport for Peace and Social Justice Award (Goal 16)

  • Pledge United, Inspire– Indonesia
  • University of Tennessee Center for Sport, Peace, and Society – USA
  • 2019 Exploitation and Trafficking Prevention Campaign, It’s a Penalty – USA
  • Peace is My Utopia, UTOPÍA A.C. – Mexico
  • training4changeS – South Africa

Corporate Campaign or Initiative in Sport for Good

  • Power Meri, Media Stockade - Papua New Guinea
  • Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka - South Africa
  • WWE & Special Olympics - Global
  • Siemens Gamesa - India




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