Sport Partnerships

Sports programmes can help counteract psychosocial problems and environmental and health issues as well as stress and loneliness. They contribute to physical fitness, mental well-being and social integration by providing a safe forum in which a child can develop physically, emotionally and mentally.

In situations where formal education is limited or unavailable, sport can act as a vehicle for learning. This is extremely important for refugee girls, who may be deprived other avenues for growth because of cultural beliefs or time-consuming chores. Even children with disabilities, when provided the proper facilities, can excel at sports, raising their self-esteem.

UNHCR recognizes the power and importance of sport, and works with implementing partners and corporate sponsors to ensure sports are integrated into refugee programmes.

Sport Partnerships:

  • FC Barcelona
  • Federation Internationale de Volleyball
  • International Olympic Committee
  • Nike Foundation
  • Nike Inc.
  • Right to Play

Luol Deng

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