Totalling more than USD 500,000, the Athletes for Good Fund celebrates and supports the charitable causes of Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls.
Representing 20 countries and 25 sports, 52 athletes training for the Olympic or Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 were selected, and the charitable organisations of their choice will each receive a USD 10,000 grant from P&G.
Hear from two athletes whose nominated charities were selected to be recipients of the Athletes for Good Fund, and why they wanted to be a part of this incredible initiative.
The past year has shown the extraordinary resilience of the athlete community, including the hopefuls training for their Olympic dreams in Tokyo. It has also cast a light on athletes’ commitment to help their respective communities through charitable work.
Kirsty Coventry, Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission
With the global spread of COVID-19 drawing society as we know it to a halt and forcing the postponement of Tokyo 2020 by one year, we saw many of you balance your training with efforts to give back to your communities and contribute to the recovery process around the world. In the areas of equality and inclusion, environmental sustainability and community impact, as well as COVID-19 relief, we have been inspired by your efforts in supporting the causes that mean the most to you.
To support and champion your causes, and encourage sustained positive change beyond 2020, we created the Athletes for Good Fund. The initiative was established and launched by the IOC, the IPC and P&G in July 2020 and has now selected the chosen charitable organisations of 52 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls that will be awarded USD 10,000 grants.
Kirsty Coventry, Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, said of the initiative: “The past year has shown the extraordinary resilience of the athlete community, including the hopefuls training for their Olympic dreams in Tokyo. It has also cast a light on athletes’ commitment to help their respective communities through charitable work. We are very proud to support you further and grant – together with the IPC and our Worldwide Olympic Partner P&G – additional funding to the causes of most importance to you.”
A total of 52 athletes – 28 Olympians and hopefuls and 24 Paralympians and hopefuls, representing 20 countries and 25 sports – have been awarded the grant following an application process, and are receiving vital funds to facilitate the meaningful and essential work of their chosen charity.
One such recipient of the grant is British Paralympic table tennis player and junior doctor Kim Daybell, who has been working for the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kim applied for the funding on behalf of NHS Charities Together, a national charity that provides crucial care and support for NHS staff, volunteers and patients.
Reflecting on the significance of the grant, Kim said: “I am honoured and thrilled that NHS Charities Together will receive a USD 10,000 grant. Through my work in the hospital, I saw first-hand the difference that NHS Charities Together made in meeting the urgent needs of the COVID-19 crisis, from purchasing electronic tablets so patients could stay in contact with loved ones to providing counselling for staff to protect their mental health.”
Several of the recipients are supporting organisations that help advance causes such as gender equality and inclusion. Tokyo 2020 hopeful and American skateboarding star Mariah Duran also successfully applied for the grant on behalf of Skate Like a Girl, and is excited to see the impact the USD 10,000 grant will have on an organisation which is extremely close to her heart.
“Skate Like a Girl truly was instrumental in providing tangible momentum for me and my career,” she said. “I can’t wait to see what type of momentum this grant will be able to create for the next generation of up-and-coming skaters. It’s a unique and powerful launching pad for all skaters.”