Laureus Sport for Good Summit 2014 in Kuala Lumpur.
“An exchange of experiences in Kuala Lumpur.”
“Laureus is passionately committed to working with young people and you cannot rank the value of an event like this highly enough. The Laureus network spans the globe. Project leaders from numerous countries met in Kuala Lumpur to exchange experiences as well as to learn from one another – always with the aim of how to reach young people more effectively with the worldwide Sport for Good movement”, said Laureus Academy Chairman Edwin Moses, who was also present in Kuala Lumpur along with the Laureus Academy members Sean Fitzpatrick, Marcel Desailly and Daley Thompson, supporting the transfer of knowledge.
Moses continued, “I am delighted that we got to work with Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia (YR1M) once again, who has already supported us as part of the Laureus World Sports Awards. For us, it is immensely important that we also leave a social legacy here in Malaysia after the Awards and work together with YR1M to achieve social change through sport.”
Projects which are changing the world.
The Laureus Sport for Good Summit took place for the fifth time. The aim of the event was to bring the project leaders from Sport for Good projects around the world as well as the representatives of the national and international Laureus Foundation together, in order to profit from the unique network and to exchange experiences. And to realise even more effectively the mission “Sport has the power to change the world”, proclaimed by Laureus patron Nelson Mandela at the Monaco Laureus World Sports Awards in 2000, and to support socially deprived children and teenagers through sport. The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation of Germany and Austria was represented at the event by the social sports projects KICK im Boxring, KICK on Ice, Körbe für Köln, move&do, SportFreunde and Schneetiger.
Sport – a common identity.
“People came together from all over the world to Kuala Lumpur and spoke a common language. The three days filled with workshops, discussion and sporting activities flew by. The opportunity to talk about experiences with the attending Academy members was both enriching and inspiring. At the end, one thing was clear to all those involved: Laureus is more than just change through sport or exciting projects all over the world. Laureus is a piece of shared identity and ‘family’”, explained Thorsten Gegenwarth, leader of the Austrian Laureus Schneetiger project, which introduces children and teenagers with physical disabilities to winter sports.
Paul Schif, director of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation of Germany and Austria, was also impressed by the fifth Laureus Sport for Good Summit: “The active discussion and the close co-operation of the best social sports projects around the world is the key to the success of the Laureus Sport for Good movement. We all have the same goal of making the world a better place with the help of sport. In Kuala Lumpur, we have come a huge step closer to achieving this goal.”