December 20, 2021
Sport at the Service of Humanity and Save the Dream, launched the Global Digital Community (GDC), a joint initiative with the aim to serve as a global technology platform, to support the practice of inclusive sport and promotion of its educational and societal values.
The launch took place through a virtual GDC kick-off meeting and working group sessions, bringing together experts from a range of institutions, international organizations, NGOs, representatives from the world of sport, religious institutions, grassroots initiatives, and the business sector, to undertake a wide-ranging mapping process, pooling knowledge, expertise, and networking potential to meet the needs of the community.
The event was opened by keynote messages by Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Raffaele Chiulli, President, Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF), Massimo Montanari, CEO of Save the Dream, Melchor Sanchez, Undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture and Lorenzo Bernardi, World Champion and Volleyball Player of the Century.
Save the Dream and Sport for Humanity have identified a need and an opportunity to provide local faith communities with a global digital platform where they can access and learn from tools, best practices, case studies, and other resources to support their programs using the practice of sport and exposure to its educational and societal values.
Msgr. Melchor Sanchez, Undersecretary at the Pontifical Council for Culture. “The GDC’s intent is to have a multi-faith approach and the long-term vision is to include a higher number of beneficiaries through the involvement of other faith-based organizations and groups.”
“The most important lesson of all is that sport has shown the power to bring us closer together as a global community” said Raffaele Chiulli, President of ARISF. “The diversity of sport that ARISF’s members offer is truly amazing. In our more than ever connected, global and digital world, the creativity and innovation of ARISF members has been able to keep people active and engaged and by working with all of them so closely, my eyes have been opened even more to the very special potential of sport”.
“I believe that the main strength of this initiative lies in its simplicity, but at the same time, in its capacity to apply in the field the important policy frameworks developed at international level” concluded Massimiliano Montanari, CEO of Save the Dream.
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