The Be Own Sports Foundation is actively addressing several critical issues facing youth.
- Lack of Education
- Social Isolation and Stigma Experienced by Children with Disabilities
Like all children, those with disabilities have many abilities but are often excluded from society by discrimination and lack of support, leaving them among the most invisible and vulnerable children in the world. According to Unicef’s 2013 Report, children living in poverty are among the least likely to enjoy the benefits of education and health care, for example, but children who live in poverty and have a disability are even less likely to attend the local school or clinic. The Report goes on to say that, in many countries, responses to the situation of children with disabilities are largely limited to institutionalization, abandonment or neglect. Our aim is simple; create opportunities with sport by building programs and playgrounds that can accommodate kids with disabilities. Furthermore, educate kids without disabilities that it is not ok to treat someone with a disability with no respect.
Poverty and inequality engender hopelessness, helplessness, and misery, and they tear at the social fabric of families and communities. According to the Brookings Institute, a wide body of research confirms having hope correlates with a brighter future. When people BELIEVE their lives are going to go nowhere, they are less likely to invest in their health and education. Hope has its roots in genetics and personal experience and is heavily influenced by culture. Evident in Carol Graham’s research out of the Brookings Institute, if the existing belief structure suggests that hard work and individual effort will get you ahead, you are more likely to be hopeful. A belief in a better future typically correlates with better performance in the labor market, higher income, and improved health. The difference has a great deal to do with one’s sense of agency, purposefulness, and goals. Too many youths in Africa and in other impoverished areas around the world do not know or believe in their own capability, nor do they see examples of others rising out of poverty. The single reason why we as an organization came up with what we call “THE Be Own Sports PLEDGE CARD” is because we wanted to leave a powerful gift of knowledge and empowerment that kids read and know that we are here with them because they are worth it. We just believe every kid in the world deserves that.
- Water Accessibility Through Sport
Be Own Sports Foundation encourages kids to play safe and stay hydrated while promoting sports at the grassroots of Africa for sustainable development. We strive to avail water to marginalized and calamity-struck areas. Part of our mission is to develop strategic partnerships to build sports court in impoverished communities, and generate sponsors funds to drill water wells and encouraging families for a better community. Water is the one natural resource that everyone need and millions of kids are either not getting enough or not getting any at all. Be Own Sports we strive to do better one day at the time to make sure at each of our camps, events, and facilities kids are provided with clean safe drinking water.
- Sports Equipment and Facilities
Through the collective effort of our staff, volunteers, coaches, parents, partners and sponsors, we can provide safe facilities to nurture the creativity and well being of the children. Sports has the power to bridge the gap between socioeconomic classes and bring people from all walks of life together to celebrate a moment in time such as tennis, basketball, soccer game and many more. By providing the proper equipment and training facilities, Be Own Sports Foundation is working to change the game and be the beacon of hope for these young athletes looking for opportunities in the sports industry.
- Nutrition Education and Accessibility
We work very hard to develop our programs and partnership with leading nutritional partners to promote sports for education and health awareness. We are mindful to the fact that water and proper nutrition is the key to unlocking kid full potential in sports and education. Providing access to a balanced diet for the kids is vital to their health, not to mention their performance in the classroom.
- Showcasing The Youth
AFRICA, EUROPE, NORTH AMERICA
"Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to the youth in a language they understand."
– Nelson Mandela