Cape Town - Sport builds trust and the values taught by teamwork and it creates common goals
through shared struggles and victories. Through its own language, understood
by all players, sport has the power to unite.
this uniting factor, the Peres Centre for Peace in Israel, with the support of
the Laureus World Sports Academy, utilises sport, new media and the arts as
peace education tools that bring together thousands of youth every year. And despite
the ongoing setbacks in the area, the Centre has continued to grow their impact
in the Middle East, uniting Arab and Jewish youth through sport as they learn
to cheer each other on,
help each other win, comfort each other in defeat and build lasting
in 1996 by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former Israeli President Shimon
Peres, the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation looks to promote peaceful
Middle East through medicine, business, innovation, culture and art, and with
sport playing a central role.
promote peace education, the Peres Center organises activities centered on
soccer in schools and afterschool in various Israeli and Palestinian
communities and the “Laureus Sport for Good Middle East”, a sports
association that promotes peace and friendship through basketball.
20,000 children and youth to date have participated in the Peres Centre’s
peacebuilding through sports programmes, and the Center is recognised worldwide
for its commitment and support of the United Nations for Sustainable
Development goal - to achieve a more peaceful society through sport.
Since the year 2000, Laureus Sport for Good has raised over
100 million Euros for its various projects.