Champions For Children
The projects undertaken by Champions for Children are inspired by the
recognition of fundamental rights for every child, and characterized by their focus on education rather than merely on emergency assistance.
Construction of schools, sports centers and facilities where children can acquire an education and develop their potential are all key focal points for Champions. Funds are earmarked for projects that provide sanitary assistance, education, sports education, schooling, professional (vocational) formation, long-distance adoption and educational scholarships.
The Champions Playground’s mission is to encourage the act of participating in sport and physical activity which results in youths developing positive future expectation; by way of teaching life skills which helps create healthier communities. It is not the sport itself that is magical, it is the experience of sport that facilitates this result.
Life Skill Set Addressed:
- Communication and interpersonal skills.
- Decision-making and critical thinking, problem solving.
- Coping and self-management skills.
Children learn physical skills while enhancing their knowledge of working with others, fairness, team play, self-discipline, goal setting and leadership. A recipe for a successful life and healthy community.
Practicing skills leads to real behaviors. Learning by doing is the most e effective method.
Ever since the Romans we have known that exercise is beneficial to the body, as well as the mind. We intend to help the world’s youth exercise their intellect.
Exercise not only provides a positive impact on health and physical development, but it also improves most bodily systems. For example, learning and memory are increased because the brain receives numerous benefits from regular participation in exercise.
There is an ongoing effort among educators to find new ways to academic performance. New strategies and techniques are constantly being researched in an effort to increase learning during childhood and adolescence. Numerous studies have shown that exercise increases memory and learning, however, it is often overlooked as an enhancement strategy.
A UNIQUE APPROACH
A model has been developed in collaboration between the Catholic University of Milan and the University of the Western Cape.
Local needs assessed - three main pillars:
- SPORT & EDUCATION
(social and community integration)
- SPORT & HEALTH
(nutrition and hygiene)
- SPORT & WORK
(social recovery and acquisition of professional skills)
Important support from local authorities, universities and NGOs. Impact assessments to measure e effectiveness of model.