Following the successful launch of the Athletes for Good Fund last year, which saw the IOC, the IPC and P&G award more than USD 500,000 in grants to charitable causes selected and supported by Olympic and Paralympic athletes ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, applications are now open for those athletes hoping to compete at the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.
As part of the Athletes for Good, recipients will partner with P&G, the IOC and the IPC to promote the causes that are important to them and inspire others to take action for good.
Applications are now open on the Athlete365 platform until 22 June 2021, and all Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 are eligible to apply.
Previous recipients of the grants included 28 Olympians and Olympic hopefuls, and 24 Paralympians and Paralympic hopefuls, representing 20 countries and 25 sports – all training for their Olympic or Paralympic dream in Tokyo. Find the full list HERE.
Each athlete received a USD 10,000 grant for a charitable organisation selected and supported by them, with the programme aiming to celebrate the positive change that athletes can inspire in communities across the globe in areas such as equality and inclusion, environmental sustainability, and community impact, including COVID-19 relief.
Those who are successful will follow the likes of Spanish sprint kayaker Saúl Craviotto, who chose World Central Kitchen (WCK) as the recipient of his USD 10,000 grant to provide thousands of meals to families in need.
“I was incredibly honoured to be selected as an Athletes for Good recipient and to have the World Central Kitchen receive a USD 10,000 grant,” said Craviotto. “I have always felt a sense of duty to help underserved communities, so I am fortunate as an Olympian to have the platform to do so. I hope that my schedule and the pandemic will soon enable me to travel with WCK to give back to communities affected by natural disasters and economic crises by providing meals to those in desperate need of food and nutrition.”
The Athletes for Good grants were established as part of the extension of P&G’s Worldwide Olympic Partnership in July last year in a joint commitment with the IOC to build a better world through sport. The initiative also supports the new Olympic Agenda 2020+5 recommendations, which call on the IOC to continue to develop programmes and platforms for the direct benefit of athletes, and to work with the Worldwide Olympic Partners to develop mutually beneficial purpose-led partnerships, recognising the role of sport as an important enabler for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.