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MEXICO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS CELEBRATED FOR MAKING SOCIETAL CHANGE THROUGH SPORT

OFFICIAL SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED: 

The Beyond Sport Mexico Award Official Shortlist represents six organizations that are using impactful and innovative ways of addressing social issues in their communities through sport, such as youth and gang violence, child protection, education and health.

These six truly unique organizations have showcased how sport, and specifically the likes of boxing; soccer; volleyball; basketball; athletics; swimming; ultimate frisbee and dodgeball, can each play a vital role in improving prevalent social issues within their communities. Find out more about the Shortlisted organizations below...

THE AGENDA: 

Taking place in Mexico City, Beyond Sport Mexico will be the inaugural gathering of its kind in the country in a region of the world that has developed truly innovative and ground-breaking sport for development work throughout its communities.

The event will include a series gatherings across three days, including the presentation of the Beyond Sport Communities Award Winner at the Welcome Reception on Day 1 at the iconic Chapultepec Castle.

There will be an interactive sporting experience on the ground at Community in Action on Day 2 at the Universidad Anáhuac. This will be run by the NFL PLAY 60 Character Camp, MLB Experience, Tigres por los Niños, Tigres F.C., and also WBC Cares.

And finally, the Beyond Sport Mexico conference on the final day at the Centro Deportivo Chapultepec, which will include cutting-edge panels, inspirational talks, informative discussion and bespoke networking sessions.

Some of the speakers already confirmed include Collegiate Basketball Record Holder and Human Rights Advocate, Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, President of the World Boxing Council, Mauricio Sulaiman, and also Vice President of Social Responsibility at Major League Baseball, Melanie LeGrande. We will also hear from experts working on the ground in Mexico such as, President and Founder of Iluminemos de Azul, Gerardo Gaya Real, and also Christian Skoog representing UNICEF Mexico.

There will be a Spotlight Panel on Active Education, Inspirational Case Studies or "Beyond Sport Journeys", discussions on Mega Sporting Events and Sustainable Cities, and also an opportunity to hear about Best Practice in Mexico from our Offical Award Shortlist Representatives. 

For more on the program and to sign up to attend click here.

Beyond Sport Mexico Communities Award Official Shortlist

-       Asociación Tarjeta Verde

Fútbol Más’ project Asociación Tarjeta Verde uses the sport of football to help young boys and girls develop resilience and confidence through personal development workshops.

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-       DIDESEX A.C.

DIDESEX A.C uses sport to emphasise the values of diversity, assisting in the development of vulnerable groups like young people, people living with HIV, the LGBT community, the indigenous community, imprisoned people, and many more.

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-       Educación para Compartir

Educación para Compartir incorporates cooperative sports games to educate and aid in the personal development of young people and help them understand how to deal with the social challenges that afflict them.

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-       CMAS Athletes

CMAS Athletes provide support and funding to talented student-athletes, regardless of gender, disability, religion or sexuality, who are looking to play sport but also continue their academic studies at an American college.

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-       Red Viral ‘RING’

The boxing program ‘RING’ helps prison inmates better control their emotions, increase their physical activity, lower their use of illegal drugs, develop a sense of community, restore family relationships and grow a sense of responsibility and discipline.

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-       Transformacion Social Traso A.C.

Transformacion Social Traso A.C. is located in Tacubaya, one of the most marginalised colonies in Mexico City, and uses boxing to encourage young people stay in school and not get involved with gang crime, gambling, alcoholism, drug addiction.

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The winner of the Beyond Sport Mexico Communities Award will receive a grant of $25,000USD from the Cámara de Diputados, facilitated by the President, Jorge Carlos Ramirez Marin. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, November 15 at the Welcome Reception of Beyond Sport Mexico. 

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