International Day of Sport and Development for Peace shows how #SportIsMore

Sport is more than a crowded arena, an ace, a goal, or a buzzer-beater. It can help children overcome trauma and heal from the realities of war, and give a strong voice to those that were rarely heard before. It can promote health and prevent disease, and teach fair play, teamwork, and peace.

For the past 20 years, Right To Play has used sport for development to help children rise above adversity. Our programs create a safe space where children can engage and interact; break down complex social barriers; promote peace and inclusion, and an acceptance of different genders, races, and religions; and find outlets for their emotions. Most importantly, play also provides a platform for long-term personal development.

Through all of our sport and play-based programs, we seek to make progress on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals of good health and well-being, quality education, and gender equality.