Sport Partnerships

We are also working with partners including the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jesuit Worldwide Learning, the World Taekwondo Federation, and SCORT Foundation to develop sports programmes for displaced communities. These programmes build and enhance valuable protection, project management and community development skills, and can even help young people to become sports project facilitators and coaches. In addition, they can also act as a gateway to further learning and opportunities.

Sport also helps us to raise awareness of refugee issues. In 2016, UNHCR and the IOC partnered to bring the first ever Refugee Olympic Team to the Rio Olympic Games, dramatically increasing worldwide visibility of refugee issues.

Luol Deng

The NBA basketball star, an ex-refugee, scores points for the displaced.