Fútbol Más Foundation wins FIFA 2019 prize for its contribution to diversity in football
For the first time, a Chilean NPO is awarded this prize acknowledging the effort the organization makes to promote diversity and to fight discrimination. The award was presented to them in Millan in the context of the annual FIFA awards.
Fútbol Más is currently based in Chile, Ecuador, France, Mexico, Haiti, Kenia, Peru, Paraguay and Dominican Republic. The organization aims to develop boys, girls and teens’ social skills and the empowerment of the communities by means of sport activities.
“This award is the result of 12 years in which we have worked with teens in different parts of the world, telling them that they can do whatever they set their minds to, that they are strong and that it is possible to fight for their dreams. This award is for every person that has worked in our team and for every community, every public and private partnership that has believed in Fútbol Más”, says Víctor Gutierrez, executive director and co-founder of Fútbol Más.
Our organization has just been presented the FIFA Diversity award 2019 for its efforts to promote diversity, the empowerment of the teens and the fight against discrimination in football at a global level. The award was presented by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), the leading football authority, in the context of the awards FIFA regarding the social and professional levels (on the verge to The Best FIFA Football Awards™ event, where Christiane Endler is nominated).
Fútbol Más Foundation has been working with football, children and teens for 12 years promoting respect and social inclusion. In the “Copa América 2015”, Fútbol Más was a forerunner of the Green Card fostering the stadium attendees to respect the national anthems of the visiting countries. This year the organization carried out the campaign “El Balón No Tiene Género” (the ball has no gender) which promotes equality in sports. Furthermore, Fútbol Más is currently working with migrant communities on the borders of Mexico and with refugees in France.
“Today is a powerful reminder of how football can affect people’s life, and of how sports are a powerful tool to face problems in different parts of the world and make a positive change”, said Sergio Guerrero, Fútbol Más’ director, who was present at the award ceremony in Milan, Italia
Fútbol Más was chosen the winner of the FIFA 2019 Diversity Award by a jury comprised of 11 prominent figures of football around the world and international experts on diversity and anti-discrimination in sports.
“The importance of the Diversity Award is brought home on an occasion like this, when we take a moment to shed a light on those who spend the whole year working to champion the right causes,” said FIFA’s Chief Social Responsibility & Education Officer and General Secretary of the FIFA Foundation, Joyce Cook, who handed over the trophy. “It reminds us of the innumerable ways in which football’s
power and popularity can make the world a more inclusive place for all − regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability or any of the other reasons that we humans have come up with to build barriers between us.”
The Diversity Award 2019 was hosted by CNN Sports Anchor Amanda Davies and included a session on the impact of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™ on gender equality with French Football Association Secretary General Laura Georges, as well as two panel discussions: one on accessibility and inclusivity in football, with representatives of this year’s three finalists, and one on inclusivity at mega sporting events, with Federico Addiechi, FIFA Head of Sustainability & Diversity; Elena Popova, Disability Access Officer for the Russian Football Union; and André du Plessis, Executive Director of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.
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