Members of the Sport for Social Change Network southern Africa (SSCN) were among the 10,000 runners reveled in the inaugural Nike Run Free. Run Jozi. 10 kilometer night race. All runners boldly claimed back the streets of Johannesburg on Human Rights Day, March 21st.
Team SSCN was made up of members from its two strategic partners: YDF and Nike, the Hub Coordinator and three NGOs in the network including Ambassadors in Sport, Grassrootsoccer and Sport for All Franchising.
Run Jozi runners were emotionally charged as they sang the national anthem, and anxiously waited for the horn to sound, before setting off into the night. A sea of yellow snaked from Nelson Mandela Bridge into the central business district, traversing through the neighbourhoods of Troyville, Hillbrow and Braamfontein before finishing in Newtown on Mary Fitzgerald Square.
Jozi Night Race
Team SSCN Runs The Nike Run Jozi Night Race
28 March 2012
The Nike Run Free.Run Jozi 10 kilometer race amplifies the sport experience for young and established runners by encouraging them to connect, motivate and inspire one another,” said Anwar Jappie, Brand Director, Nike South Africa
"We singled out Human Rights Day as race day because of the significance the day holds and, more importantly, enabling our runners to celebrate their heritage, freedom and the right to take back the streets for the night.” As the leading sports brand globally, Nike understands some of the frustrations runners experience which include being restricted to specific training zones and indoor training.
Whilst there were thousands among the 10,000 runners who ran the race, many hardened competitive professionals arrived with every intention of fiercely competing for victory. First across the line in a time of 30:54.9 was Desmond Mukgobu, whilst Rene Kalmer was the first lady home, finishing in 35:43.4.
The winners each received a R15,000.00 cash prize. As the rest of the runners crossed the Finish line, the yellow snake began to form again outside the Nike Pledge tent, were they captured their personal pledges which were uploaded to social networking sites.
Some of the quotes from TEAM SSCN who took part :
"It was really an awesome run with a great atmosphere in the city!” Christiane Frische, The YDF-Africa-Team Manager.
"Thanks for the invitation to run yesterday. It was a great experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. Sorry I didn’t see all of you at the end – but congratulations and I’m sure you enjoyed the race. I’m a bit sore today… but no regrets!!” Tim Tucker, CEO of Ambassadors in Sport.
SSCN becomes independant!
SSCN Southern Africa becomes an independant legal entity
09 March 2012
Seven Countries, 34 Member organizations over three days, the Sport for Social Change Network (SSCN) Southern Africa convened a historic gathering with its members and partners to pave its way forward as player to be reckoned with in the Sport for Change sector.
You can access the story on the visit of the UN secretary general to one of our project site on www.sportinaction.org.zm and share it with other people
2012 CGC Conference
05 March 2012
As one of the speakers at the 2012 Commonwealth Games Canada, I spoke about youth development through sport and how sport has helped to create a platform for young people to learn about leadership through controlled programs that help young people to evaluate themselves against goals they make, and those that are expected in mainstream leadership cycles.
BCSA has a good track record of engaging young people into leadership through its programs run in 4 provinces and in refugee camps in partnership with Grassroot Soccer.
Watch the Exclusive Trailer for the AWOF Documentary
26 March 2012
Be one of the first to watch the trailer for the documentary featuring WhizzKids United. A World of Football (AWOF) is producing a documentary about organisations from all over the world which are using football to bring change to this world.
WhizzKids United to be featured in football documentary
15 March 2012
Football is more than just a sport. It is emotion, it is passion, it is defeat and it is success. For some people it is their whole life; and for some people it can change lives.
A World of Football (AWOF) is producing a documentary about organisations from all over the world which are using football to bring change to this world. Four young men from Belgium started this project in 2011 and are currently travelling to ten different organisations all around the globe to observe how football can make a difference. After being to Israel and Rwanda, they have arrived at their third stage - South Africa.
This week, the AWOF team has been filming at our Health Academy and in the community of Edendale. The film will show how WhizzKids United uses the power of football in the fight against HIV & AIDS to give young boys and girls hope for a better future. With their project, the Belgians want to raise awareness of the young generation in Belgium and other European countries for the challenges that their peers face in other parts of the world and they want to show how innovative solutions like the WhizzKids United Health Academy help to overcome those challenges.
The final documentary, which will feature all the projects visited, will be broadcasted on Belgian and French television during the EURO 2012. The documentary about WhizzKids United will be available on this website soon.
World Water Day
Sport Plays its Part
26 March 2012
Lombe Annie Mwambwa
[ Source: sscnzambia.wordpress.com ] Sport for Social Change Organisations BreakthroughChiparamba Academy and EduSport Foundationare taking the lead in mobilising the sport community to address awareness on water and sanitation in line with the MDGs.
In commemoration of World Water Day, Breakthrough and Edusport hosted a community sport festival ‘Zambia-germany-Japan World Water Day friendship tournament’ to raise awareness and to advocate for development of infrastructure and systems to enhance supply and management of water in disadvantaged communities.
Over the last few years, the two organisations in partnership with Youth Development through Football (YDF) under German International Cooperation (GIZ) have been implementing a community awareness program on water and sanitation using sport and play.
The tournament was held at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka and was graced by the Deputy Minister of Sport who was pleased that sport in Zambia was being developed to do more than provide recreation but also to address social and economic issues.
The MDG on Water and Sanitation targets to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.