Global Sport Fund
The mission of the Global Sport fund is to create reasonable opportunities for youth between the ages of 11 and 17 years, residing in countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and Central Europe, to use sport to help improve physical and mental health, reinforce positive social skills, and shield them from the temptation of drug use and juvenile delinquency.
The GSF approach
Using sport as a vehicle to encourage lifestyle changes is based on the concept that young people coached in playing sport fairly and with respect (the true spirit of sport!) are less likely to get involved with substance abuse and criminal activity. We understand that sport is a neutral activity -- it can promote good values (e.g., leadership, loyalty, perseverance), or poor values (e.g., believing that it is correct to do something as long as one does not get caught, pushing the boundaries of the rules).
The values we emphasize in the GSF are:
- Balanced competition - giving more attention to improving skills than increasing the score
- Respect for oneself and others (officials, team mates, opponents, coaches)
- Maintaining self-control at all times
Challenges facing youth
In 2006, it was estimated that some 1.5 billion young people were below the age of 24 years, making this group roughly one quarter of the world's population. Some of the challenges that affect this group ...
- significant numbers of young people reside in poor households where an individual survives on less than US $1.00 per day
- youth in some countries have been caught up in wars, or are having to cope with the aftermath of wars
- natural disasters, such as droughts, earthquakes, cyclones, and floods, occur with regular frequency in these regions
- health epidemics, including malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, among others, add to the afflictions confronting youth
- international organized crime groups targeting young people to use and distribute illicit drugs and entrapping them in human trafficking
In spite of these challenges, the youth of these regions, as elsewhere, engage in play and have fun doing so. They need more opportunities to practise what comes naturally to all humans and to aspire to bring out the best in them.
Call to action
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ( UNODC) and the Qatar Olympic Committee ( QOC) are committed to help the youth of the world get involve in sport and invite individuals and organizations to join us in this worthwhile endeavour. Let's give them a sporting chance!
IN THE BEGINNING
Something happened that led the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ( UNODC) and the Qatar Olympic Committee ( QOC) to join forces to create a fund that would use sport to teach young people about healthy life skills. For years UNODC had been concerned about the growing use of illegal drugs among adolescents and wanted to find a novel way to reach youth at risk before they are tempted into substa