P&G Athletes for Good was created to honour athletes making a positive impact in the world and awarded 52 grants in 2021.
During Tokyo 2020, P&G hosted a virtual panel discussion with athlete recipients including US skateboarder Mariah Duran and GB swimmer Alice Dearing.
Applications for P&G Athletes for Good are open until 5 September to winter athletes aiming to compete at Beijing 2022.
The Athletes for Good programme is a joint initiative with P&G, the IOC and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) that issues grants directly to the causes supported by athletes who are advancing important work in the areas of equality and inclusion, environmental sustainability and community impact.
Ahead of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, this initiative awarded 52 grants worth USD 500,000 to support charities chosen by Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls – and during the Games, P&G are continuing to recognise and celebrate athletes’ acts of good on and off the field of play.
Beijing 2022 Athletes for Good
For all athletes already qualified and those hoping to qualify for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, applications are now open for the next wave of Athletes for Good. If you are one of the 16 successful applicants, your chosen charity will receive a USD 25,000 grant to strengthen and support its work in the community.
As part of your application, you’ll be asked to provide examples of the work you are currently doing with your selected organisation, and to explain how this grant could strengthen and support its impact.
Tokyo 2020 Panel discussion highlights acts of good
On 5 August P&G hosted a virtual panel discussion at Tokyo 2020 with several athletes who have received the Athletes for Good grant. Co-hosted by Nastia Liukin, an Olympic gold medallist in artistic gymnastics for USA, and Olympic freestyle skiing silver medallist Gus Kenworthy (USA), the discussion honoured the work of those athletes who lend their time, talent and resources to charitable causes they believe in.
If you are one of the 16 successful applicants, your chosen charity will receive a USD 25,000 grant.
Being an Olympian is much more than just excelling at my sport; it’s also about using my platform to help the next generation of women skaters.
Mariah Duran, the US skateboarder who competed in Tokyo as part of the sport’s historic Olympic debut, was among the recipients who shared their inspiring stories. Having experienced first-hand the intimidation of competing in what was traditionally a male-dominated sport with few female mentors, Duran serves as a role model and advocate for young girls in skateboarding. Through her work with Skate Like A Girl, she encourages the next generation of girls to continue pursuing their passion.
“Using my platform to make a difference”
“For me, being an Olympian is much more than just excelling at my sport; it’s also about using my platform to help the next generation of women skaters coming up reach their potential and dream big,” Mariah Duran shared. “I would not be where I am today without the community and experiences I got at Skate Like A Girl. This organization is a prominent voice for gender equality and inclusion in skateboarding and their events, camps and after school programs help make an unreal scenario, real. I am so appreciative of P&G and Athletes for Good for supporting them.”
Other panellists included Alice Dearing who shared the challenges she has faced in becoming the first black woman to swim for Great Britain at the Olympic Games, and how it has inspired her work with the Black Swimming Association; Brian Afanador, the table tennis player who has used his platform to support rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico after the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria; and Erica Sullivan, the American swimmer who won a silver medal in the women’s 1,500m freestyle at Tokyo 2020 and used her press conference to bring awareness to the LGBTQ+ community.
Acts of good in Tokyo
Building on the 52 grants that were awarded as part of P&G Athletes for Good in the lead-up to Tokyo 2020, P&G has also extended its support for athletes by awarding an additional two grants to Olympians who have demonstrated acts of good on the ground in Tokyo.
Along with Erica, P&G extended a donation to Pita Taufatofua (Tonga, taekwondo), who has volunteer experience in the mental health space and offered support to the athlete community during Tokyo 2020 by inviting them to reach out to him for advice, both in-person and on social media.