We believe that sports activities, thoughtfully designed and implemented, can be a powerful tool for fostering inclusion, mutual respect, and self-confidence.
Partnering with the Barça Foundation for Net Progress
The Barça Foundation’s FutbolNet methodology uses the game of soccer and other sport activities to give young people a chance to exercise agency, take responsibility, and include others. With support from SNF, FutbolNet expanded to reach thousands of children at refugee sites in Lebanon, Italy, and Greece.
Playing Unified and Learning Unified through Special Olympics
Through a major three-year collaboration with Special Olympics, SNF supported significant international expansion of Special Olympics’ Unified Schools and Unified Sports programming, which creates opportunities for inclusive sport and youth leadership development for students with and without intellectual disabilities.
See Special Olympics’ unified philosophy at work:
The Greek Team Takes Home the Fair Play Award at the Homeless World Cup
Nonprofit Diogenis, through which SNF provided support to the Greek National Homeless Soccer Team, has also organized soccer tournaments for refugees living in camps in Greece.
Racing with New York Road Runners Wheelchair Athletes
The Rising New York Road Runners Wheelchair Training Program provides free weekly training sessions to wheelchair athletes between the ages of 6 and 21 as part of the organization’s work helping all New Yorkers hit the road to race.
A Ball For All
Using a specially designed ball, nonprofit Youthorama seeks to engage students with visual impairments in the game of soccer.
Explore more grants
- People with disabilities sail on specialized boats at Tzitzifies Kallithea Yacht Club
- Watch the 2018 SNF DIALOGUES discussion “Football Will Save the World!”
Learn more about how SNF is working to build a bright and inclusive future for the next generation