Sports for Social Impact

David Thibodeau

Sports for Social Impact seeks to explore and educate on the power that sport has to create a positive impact on society through sport for development and peace. Specifically looking at sport policy how we can use it for maximum impact. The hope is that these conversations and ideas will help achieve the maximum benefit of sport in our society. Contact: sportsforsocialimpact@gmail.com Make sure you follow us on Twitter to stay connected! @SportsSocImpact

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Sport and Health (with ENGSO Youth)Future of Sport (with Global Sports Week)
Noémie Claret is the Managing Director of Global Sports Week Paris. Formerly she held the roles of Communication Director of Sport dans la Ville, Head of Brand Comms of the Paris 2024 Bid Committee and Managing Director of Havas Sports & Entertainment Brazil. Laura Stargel is a graduate student at the German Sport University in Cologne studying International Sport Development and Politics. Her research is at the intersection of equitable resilience and access to sport participation. She recently served as the Sustainability Coordinator for the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee. Her work has been recognized by Global Sports Week, selected as a two-time Young Sports Maker, and as a speaker at the University of Louisville, Florida Climate Week, and on the Climate Champions podcast, among others. Laura also plays ruby in the Washington DC area. Sport is facing a global revolution. Around the world, the speed of digitization is matched only by the pace of societal change. Today, sport requires a new mindset, one that transcends profits and addresses the expectations of the new generation. We are convinced that sport, in this context of transformation, can play a bigger role in addressing the major social challenges of our age. It’s time for action, to reconnect sport with its true purpose and redefine its role in society into a force for good and a force for innovation. At the intersection between the worlds of business, culture, media, politics and civil society, GSW curates, informs, connects and empowers a community made of all the actors who shape the future of sport. To do so, GSW offers a privileged platform and setting, which looks to federate the wider sports ecosystem beyond the traditional issues of the sports industry.
Apr 25 2022
38 mins
Sport and Homelessness (with The Homeless Games)Sport and Servicemen and Women (Invictus Games)Sport and Higher Education (with Rough Diamond)Sport and Placemaking (with Placemaking Europe)
Anna Louise Bradley is both an urban psychologist and geographer in training, as well as a fitness professional, based in Amsterdam. Working with STIPO and Placemaking Europe since 2018, Anna has worked on projects using an integral placemaking and feminist approach to coalesce the perspectives of health, well-being, public space, inclusivity, and participatory processes to make our cities more liveable and active. Specifically, Anna is passionate to facilitate our built environment to foster physical activity in our daily lives to bring out upwards spirals for greater public health measures, social cohesion, and sense of belonging. You can learn more about her work on this topic, and specifically with the P.A.R.K. project, funded by Erasmus+ Sports, here:  https://placemaking-europe.eu/listing/placemaking-for-active-recreation-kit-park/ Placemaking Europe is a network for placemaking in Europe, connecting practitioners, academics, community leaders, market actors and policy makers throughout Europe in the field of placemaking, public space, social life, human scale and the city at eye level. They develop and share knowledge; develop, test and use tools; exchange ideas; and actively shape projects together. They support and collaborate with organisations who want to work on placemaking, social life, human scale, and a better eye level experience. What is placemaking? The quality of the public space defines the participation of citizens. Cities need great streets which connect to even better places. A public zone has to be intuitively useable. Users should want to stay and feel home. The urban architecture has to provide good plinths (active ground floors) in the human scale. Placemaking Europe is connecting a growing number of practitioners, academics, community leaders, market parties and policy makers throughout Europe. The members employ placemaking tools and work on public spaces. The network shares knowledge, exchanges ideas, and actively shapes projects together. Placemaking Europe - Placemaking for Active Recreation Kit (PARK) Website: https://placemaking-europe.eu/listing/placemaking-for-active-recreation-kit-park/ STIPO Website: https://stipo.nl/
Jan 25 2022
28 mins
Grassroots Sport Diplomacy (with ISCA)Sport and the Active Economy (with ActiveCITY)Sport and Indigenous Reconciliation (with NAIG Halifax 2023)
Serene Porter is a Halifax-based multidisciplinary artist, graphic designer, and facilitator from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory (Mohawk Nation) in Ontario. In her work as an art therapist, as well as in the Integrated Learning workshops she has developed and delivered, Serene has helped people of all ages to explore healing and creative expression through art, nature, and cultural connection. Most recently, Serene serves as Director of Culture, Engagement and Legacy for the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), where her artistic talents, engagement experience, facilitation skills, and abiding passion for Indigenous sport and culture make her an integral part of the NAIG leadership team. With a strong foundation of personal and professional experience, Serene Porter holds a unique skill set and perspective that allows her to act as a catalyst for others, as they seek to discover their own resiliency, determination, and boundless creativity. NAIG 2023: Kjipuktuk, as it is called by the Mi’kmaw Nation will host competitions in 16 sports over seven days and within 21 venues across Kjipuktuk (Halifax), Dartmouth and Millbrook First Nation, Nova Scotia. NAIG 2023 will bring together more than 5000 athletes, coaches and team staff from 756 Indigenous Nations celebrating, sharing and reconnecting through sport and culture with the help of 3000 volunteers. NAIG 2023 will take place from July 15-23. Find out more about NAIG 2023 and how you can volunteer on their website: https://naig2023.com/ Find out more about the NAIG Council and it's history: http://naigcouncil.com/ Read more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and their Calls to Action (CTA) (the sport-specific CTAs are 87, 88, 89, 90, 91): https://nctr.ca/records/reports/
Nov 18 2021
26 mins
Sport and Athlete PowerSport and Plastic Pollution (with Precious Plastics Mauritius)Sport with Social Purpose (with Commonwealth Sport Canada)
Ryan Pelley currently leads Commonwealth Sport Canada’s SportWORKS Program, which integrates sport development and sport for development programming to promote individual and community social development, and build national sport system capacity, throughout the Commonwealth. He  grew up in a small community on the northwest coast of British Columbia. The town of Kitimat is on the traditional territory of the Haisla Nation. Like many rural living youth, he played all the sports that were available to him. He feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate and understands that this is not the case for all youth in Canada, especially nowadays. Sport played a role in shaping who he is and what he does through the values he gained. Working in sport and sport for development over the past 12 years has provided Ryan the opportunity to live and work in some of the world’s most unique locations, including as a Canadian SportWORKS Officer on the remote island of Saint Helena. Commonwealth Sport Canada (CSC) Founded as a legacy of the inaugural Commonwealth Games in 1930, CSC is a founding member of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and is responsible for the growth and development of the Commonwealth sport movement in Canada. CSC is a registered non-profit, private charity, comprised of 40 Members (16 individuals and 24 national sport organizations), governed by an elected Board of Directors, and supported by a small cadre of staff. Their vision is Commonwealth sport inspires and unites Canadians by championing excellence, inclusion and human rights.  SPORT WITH A SOCIAL PURPOSE Commonwealth Sport is “Sport with a Social Purpose”: First International Games to achieve Gender Equality, with more medaling events for women than men. First, and only, international Games to have a Reconciliation Action Plan, respecting and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and leave a lasting and meaningful legacy through employment and training, procurement, and showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures. First, and only, international Games to integrate a Para-Sport program as full medal status. First International Major Games franchise holder to embed Human Rights across all operations and programs. Commonwealth Sport Canada: https://commonwealthsport.ca/ SportWORKS: https://commonwealthsport.ca/sportworks/sportworks-home.html
Aug 3 2021
42 mins
Sport and Social Inclusion (with Special Olympics Singapore)
Sport is key for social inclusion of all people. It has been identified as an important tool for breaking down barriers such as language, religion, gender, ability and borders to create a more inclusive society. Special Olympics (SO) Singapore is part of a global inclusion movement using sports, health, education & leadership programme to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities. SO Singapore provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Those activities give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship. Jean-Phillipe: Is a 36-year-old French citizen based in Singapore for 4 years, engaged with my future wife. He is the Director of business Development in an engineering and inspection Asian regional firm for Energy and Sustainable sectors. He is passionate about triathlon and running, and is a half-ironman finisher x4 times and I am targeting the Ironman 70.3 world championship in 2022. 6 months ago, a good Singaporean friends and member of his triathlon club introduced him to SO outreach program and Norman, as I wanted to volunteer and giving back to the community.  Norman: Is 33 this year and currently working as a project executive in an urban farm. He is quite the runner himself, starting in the early years with basketball before moving into long distance running, including ultramarathons. He heard about SO Singapore in 2014 from a lecturer who was then the President of Special Olympics Singapore - she made a statement saying that she bet the majority of us could't outrun the fastest athlete in the outreach program. That spurred him to start volunteering with SO Singapore a try since he wanted to impart his running knowledge and experience somewhere. He has been volunteering since. The role of the head coach was then handed over to him at the beginning of 2018 and it is a great joy serving everyone in the outreach program.
Jul 12 2021
29 mins
Sport, Youth, and Sustainable Development (with ENGSO Youth)
Genuine youth engagement is hard to come by. That is no different in sport. In this episode I chat with Ugnė Chmeliauskaitė from ENGSO Youth on how to engage and empower youth outside of sport, but also in and through sport. We also take a look at sustainable development in and through sport, and how youth are uniquely positioned to contribute to sustainable development in their communities. Ms. Ugnė Chmeliauskaitė is an elected chair of Engso Youth, responsible for the strategic planning and development of the organisation. She has been involved with the organisation for more than 6 years, starting with the position of Young delegate in 2015-2017 mandate, elected committee member in 2017-2019 mandate and currently running 2019-2021 mandate as ENGSO Youth chair. For this period of time, besides overall coordination, she is also leading a social inclusion working group, using sport as a tool for inclusion. Additionally, she is highly familiar with non-formal education, youth empowerment, skills development and sustainability topics. Ugne has University Education in International Relations and Political Science and has a Master Degree in International Communication. As for her daily capacity Ugnė is occupied as an International Cooperation expert working in the Central Project Management Agency (CPMA) in Lithuania responsible for preparation, administration and implementation of international and national development cooperation projects, where sustainability, youth empowerment and civil society cooperation is one the highest priority. ENGSO Youth is the independent youth body of the European Sports NGO (ENGSO).  ENGSO Youth focuses on the youth sport-for-all sector in Europe and represents young Europeans under the age of 35 in sports in 34 countries.
Jun 14 2021
36 mins
Sport and Activism (with 0Megot)Sport and Quality Education (with San Fransisco 49ers EDU)
Identified by the United Nations as an important tool to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal #4, Quality Education, sport can be used in multiple ways to facilitate progress towards this goal. In this episode we explore how sport can be incorporated and used in school curriculum's to teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) lessons.   Jesse Lovejoy is the director of 49ers EDU & the San Francisco 49ers Museum. He is also the managing partner of EDU Academy. Lovejoy joined the 49ers in August 2013, when he was brought on to envision and implement educational and community programming for the 49ers, and develop the content of and operating structure/plan for the 49ers Museum. While spearheading the 2014 launch of the Museum—a 20,000 square foot facility featuring 11 unique gallery and exhibit spaces exclusively dedicated to the 49ers past, present and future—Lovejoy concurrently led the 49ers into a domain where no professional sports organization had ventured before, a comprehensive STEAM Education Program for students in grades K-8, completely free to the end-user. In 2017, as inbound interest in the 49ers STEAM efforts continued to rise, Lovejoy formed and launched EDU Academy, a consulting arm which helps organizations envision, build and launch education programs. You can find out more about the 49ers EDU on their website: https://www.49ers.com/community/49ersedu You can connect with Jesse Lovejoy on Twitter (@JesseLovejoy1) and Linkedin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jesse-lovejoy-26ba745/)
May 11 2021
30 mins
Sport and LGBTQ Inclusion
Sport can be used as a tool for inclusion for all members of society if used correctly. However there remain many barriers for marginalized communities to participating in sports, especially members of the LGBTQ+ community. In this episode we take a deeper dive into ways that sport can be used for inclusion, what some of the barriers are for people entering sports, and how we can start addressing them. We speak to Dennis Quesnel who is a queer sports enthusiast focusing on the promotion of inclusion and education in sport. They are a Project Management Officer at Egale Canada, an organization focused on 2SLGBTQI people and issues. Dennis has an academic background in human rights and social service work which have both developed his abilities in practicing empathy and allyship. Outside of work, you'll find them spending their time in the Canadian dodgeball community, with experience as a Coach, an Organizer, and most recently qualifying for Dodgeball Canada's 2020 National Championships. Dennis' goal is to create safer and more accessible spaces for all 2SLGBTQI people involved in sport and physical activity.  A note on abbreviations: LGBTQ+ is mostly used throughout the episode due to it being more generally applicable around the world. You may hear different abbreviations such as 2SLGBTQ+ or LGBTQI2S+ also used. 2S stands for two spirit and is term specific to indigenous peoples in North America, it refers to a person who embodies both a masculine and feminine spirit. There is a growing movement in North America to put 2S at the beginning of 2SLGBTQ+ to reflect the fact that indigenous people were here first and should be put first.  Resources for LGBTQ Inclusion:  Coach New Brunswick: http://coachnb.ca/lgbtqi2s-support/  Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports: https://cces.ca/sites/default/files/content/docs/pdf/cces-transinclusionpolicyguidance-e.pdf  Via Sport BC: https://www.viasport.ca/inclusion/lgbtqi2s  Canadian Women & Sport: https://womenandsport.ca/resources/publications/leading-the-way/  Canadian Olympic Committee: https://olympic.ca/education/one-team-2/  Transathlete.com: https://www.transathlete.com/  You Can Play: https://www.youcanplayproject.org/  Athlete Ally: https://www.athleteally.org/
Apr 19 2021
41 mins
Sport and Social Business (with Yunus Sports Hub)Sport and SustainabilitySport and Leadership