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October 06, 2010 | Comment

Artist:Betty Sitbon
MORE Beyond Sport Pre-Summit illustrations
Betty’s ability to be fully present & immersed in an event allows her to capture key moments & experiences. Her playful illustration style provides an accurate, insightful and enlightening story that always proves to be a valuable “take-away” for event attendees. I’ve had the opportunity to witness Betty’s artistic gift at several events & we were honored to have her participate in the Beyond Sport Pre-Summit - she’s a fantastic artist with a lovely creative soul!

Got 1000 words?!

August 01, 2010 | Comment

Meet three social innovation organizations that are part of the ever-evolving sport for social change movement - Right To Play, The Homeless World Cup & Beyond Sport. All three are making BIG, positive differences in communities around the world -
a BALL can change the world!

January 19, 2010 | Comment

There are 12 categories for the Beyond Sport Awards 2010 covering the entire sporting spectrum of
health, social inclusion, corporate and social responsibility, and philanthropy.

These categories are split into three clear sections
Beyond Sport Community Awards; Corporation and Federation Awards; and the Judges’ Awards.

The Shortlisted entries from each category will receive:
A free invitation to the Beyond Sport Summit on September 27-30 in Chicago

Flights to and accommodation during the Summit

Access to Beyond Sport’s global network of international sports organisations, company leaders, and influential political figures

Opportunities for business mentoring and to become members of the most influential group of social entrepreneurs ever assembled around sport

The winners of the six Beyond Sport Community Awards will receive a minimum of £10,000 funding each
and a package of substantial business support to enable them to move forward and become fully sustainable in the future.

Learn more - Beyond Sport Awards 2010


October 29, 2009 | Comment


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance      
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
- William Ernest Henley

I know the story. The 1995 Rugby World Cup. South Africa’s improbable run to the final match. Mandela’s beleif in sport’s unifying ability. I heard about this remarkable, power of sport moment from Archbishop Desmond Tutu at The Beyond Sport Summit. Archbishop Tutu said that it was a transformational moment for all of South Africa. He exuberantly shared the story of how he witnessed sport’s ability to make a positive difference in his nation!

A BALL Can Change the World!

September 02, 2009 | 1 comment

Rob Hughes, NY Times/July 10, 2009
LONDON—The sporting superstar has reached a level of global recognition beyond any film star.

“There is no movie star in the world who could get thousands of people to wait six hours just to see their arrival, as Cristiano Ronaldo did this week,” said David Puttnam, filmmaker turned law maker in the British House of Lords. Puttnam, who over 30 years produced award-winning films, including “Chariots of Fire,” “The Killing Fields,” “Bugsy Malone,” and “Memphis Belle,” is certain that Tom Cruise could not hope to draw 80,000 to a movie theater the way Ronaldo did to his signing ceremony at Real Madrid’s Bernabéu stadium last Monday.

“I have watched the dynamic of the superstar shift from film to sports,” Puttnam added. “The whole level of globalization of sports is bigger. The key is engagement. The power of sport has taken the movie industry by surprise.”

We were speaking at the Beyond Sport Summit in London where Puttnam—now Lord Puttnam, legislator and ambassador for Unicef—joined people from government offices to ground workers in some of the world’s most violent crime spots to discuss the power of sports.

Fame need not be frivolous. Puttnam, 68, has witnessed the emergence of celebrity added to charitable causes, from Danny Kaye, the American actor, singer and dancer of the 1950s, to the David Beckham phenomenon today.

Read More…

Katalyst Note: On Day 3 of the Beyond Sport Summit & Awards gathering, I had a wonderful time conversing with and listening to Lord David Puttnam. He possesses a unique combination or wisdom, insight, intellect and devilish humor that quickly disarms an audience and inspires all listeners!

Got Stories?!

August 19, 2009 | Comment


The tone of irreverence, the Tutu chuckle that rises to a cackle, fills the air. The archbishop is on stage, and in his element. His interviewer, Michael Parkinson, a veteran British talk show host and sports writer, struggles to get a word in as Tutu works the audience of 500 people near St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

The theme is “Beyond Sport.” The room is filled with people who are on their own crusades and using sports beyond its simple goals of fitness and triumph. Some want to wean street gangs off lawlessness through rugby, or fight crime in Rio de Janeiro through boxing, or use soccer to educate kids on the dangers of land mines in Sarajevo.

“Beyond Sport” is a catch-all phrase used by a London-based organization to recognize what is going on beyond the playing fields. We hear social workers who give their all to use sport’s popularity and discipline to alleviate inequality and wasted human potential. Some, like Dikembe Mutombo, a former National Basketball Association giant from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Lucas Radebe, a former South African soccer captain, lend their fame to HIV/AIDS work in Africa.
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August 17, 2009 | Comment

On Day 3 of the Beyond Sport Summit & Awards gathering, Archbishop Desmond Tutu shared his wonderful insights & wit about sport’s role in assisting to bring the nation of South Africa together in 1995 & how sport will play a pivotal role in the overall transformation of South Africa. Sir Michael Parkinson shares in the banter with the archbishop. Enjoy!

Got Sport?!

August 03, 2009 | Comment

The Beyond Sport Summit

The Beyond Sport Summit was a unique three-day event designed to celebrate, promote and drive forward sport-led social change. The Summit collided those who use sport as a vehicle to create social impact, with influencers from the world of business, government and federations whose attitudes and decisions can have substantial impact.

The Summit had three primary objectives:

* To forge connections and ongoing strategic relationships that create benefits across all parties. (DONE!)
* To generate ideas that will tangibly help to scale and replicate sport development projects from across the globe. (ACCOMPLISHED!)
* To create momentum behind the change-through-sport agenda. (ENERGY PRESENT & PALPABLE!)

I AM A WITNESS! Got Sport?!

July 27, 2009 | 1 comment

This video is adequate (at-best) when sharing the amazing passion, purpose, intention and commitment of my new BFF, Lewis Gordon Pugh - The Human Polar Bear. Environmentalist. Explorer. Swimmer.

I met Lewis at the Beyond Sport Summit & Awards event in London a few weeks back. Watching his video on Day 3 of the Beyond Sport Summit & Awards was inspiring, emotional and left me in awe of the human spirit and our capacity to endure seemingly insurmountable challenges/obstacles. Lewis’ video was a tremendous reminder to me of how courageous we can be - even a diminutive, fast, 6 year old boy in 1964.

According to a wise man: Courage is shown in acts, not in words; it is not bluffing, arrogance, or madness. A courageous man or woman is the one who dares to do what he or she finds is right, and bears the consequences of his or her acts—whether they are political, social or individual.


July 14, 2009 | Comment

2009 Winners

Congratulations to all the winners of the inaugural Beyond Sport Awards. The winning initiatives were named on the final day of the Beyond Sport Summit and, in the case of the Beyond Sport Community Awards, received £10,000 of funding each and a substantial package of technical support to help them grow and become sustainable.

The winners were chosen from the Awards Shortlist detailed below with representatives from each of the shortlisted projects flown to London for the three days of the Summit.

The winners were announced on the final day of the Summit, with the successful projects in the six Beyond Sport Community Award receiving funding and a package of support especially designed to aid them in becoming sustainable in the future.

The Beyond Sport London Legacy Award

In partnership with The Mayor of London and The Evening Standard, the Award celebrated the best project or initiative in London which uses sport as a vehicle for positive social change and provided a tangible legacy for Beyond Sport’s Host City for 2009.

A shortlist of 5 projects for this Award was announced on Monday 15th June with each project receiving an invitation to attend the Beyond Sport Summit.

The winning project was announced at the Summit during a special presentation ceremony, hosted by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, on the evening of Wednesday, July 8. The project received £60,000 worth of funding, provided jointly by Beyond Sport and the Mayor of London, over three years. And The Winner Is…

Having the opportunity to spend 3 days with the Awards Shortlist representatives was truly an honor for me. I was humbled by their commitment to changing lives for the better, inspired by their passion for sport and it’s ability to transform communities, and enlightened by their ability to get things done with guile, cleverness, and ingenuity.

A sincere, heartfelt thanks to all of the Beyond Sport Award Shortlist representatives for welcoming me into your special catalytic community!

July 02, 2009 | Comment

Dateline: July 7th - July 9th & beyond…
Locale: London, UK
The Moment: The Beyond Sport Summit
The Details: Beyond Sport seeks to celebrate and support any individual or group, from the grassroots to the global, with the goal to drive positive change through sport. We do this through the Beyond Sport Summit and Awards. The winners of the Awards will receive substantial funding, long-term support, and opportunities to network at the annual Beyond Sport Summit on July 7-9. The Official Shortlist has now been announced. Click here to find out more about the projects that have been identified to participate at the Beyond Sport Summit.

I will be attending this event all next week in London. It should be quite a special moment for me as I have the honor to partner with a clever innovation company, ?Whatif!, for the entire event. On Day 1 & 2, ?Whatif! and I will play the role of Host/Facilitator to the Beyond Sport shortlist social entrepreneurs and provide some teachable moments to further empower their work as human catalysts in their communities.On Day 3then I will host the Beyond Sport Awards with the founder of Beyond Sport, Nick Keller who is absolutely one of my kindred, catalytic spirits.

Here’s a bit more about Nick - Nick Keller is the Founder of Beyond Sport. It was a logical next step for someone who has spent nearly all his working life in sport. In 2000 he set up Benchmark Sport, an entrepreneurial sports company whose brands now include the Sport Industry Group (SIG), Square Mile Sport and Rugby ReUnion. During his career Nick has worked with, and consulted for, an array of blue-chip brands including Bloomberg, HSBC and Virgin Atlantic. He was awarded the Entrepreneurial Media Boss of the Year in 2003 and supports two London-based youth charities.

He has been inspired by sport since childhood and believes that as a restless fidgety pupil, sport was his saviour. Nick still enjoys tennis, running and cycling, and recently completed London’s Marathon and Triathlon. He didn’t enjoy either of these but he did have the idea for Beyond Sport in the shower after, for which he is eternally grateful to the pain, the cramp and the blisters.

Beyond Sport is a BIG moment for the sport for social change movement as human catalysts, thought leaders and business luminaries collide their points of view about the power of sport and engage in meaningful, call-to-action dialogue about sport’s capability to change lives!

A Ball Can Change the World!

April 23, 2009 | Comment

*Beyond Sport 2009 Shortlist

From the Beyond Sport website:
Beyond Sport seeks to celebrate and support any individual or group, from the grassroots to the global, with the goal to drive positive change through sport.

Congratulations to the 2009 Beyond Sport Awards Shortlist! These Shortlisted projects were chosen from over 265 entries that submitted applications to this year’s Awards. By reaching this stage of the judging process, they will each receive an invitation to attend the Beyond Sport Summit on July 7-9 in London.

Thanks to the unique support and goodwill of Beyond Sport’s Global Partner, Virgin Atlantic, representatives from these projects will be flown from all over world to the Summit in London, where accommodation will also be provided.

The winners will be announced on the final day of the Summit, with the successful projects in the six Beyond Sport Foundation Award categories receiving £10,000 each and a package of support especially designed to aid them in becoming sustainable in the future.

Well done…I’m really looking forward to meeting the Shortlist Winners in July!

March 24, 2009 | Comment


I’m heading to Denver for a quick trip to meet with Nick Keller, Founder of Beyond Sport. He’s attending the 2009 sportaccord Conference and he will holding a press conference pertaining to the Beyond Sport Summit taking place in London July 7-9, 2009 - I will be acting as the Beyond Sport Summit MC/Master of Catalyzing!

About sportaccord: it’s a 5-day gathering of 1500 leading representatives from international sport. The annual convention is held in a different country each year and encompasses the Congress and General Assemblies of over 100 international sports federations and their related associations. Its mission is to offer the sports community a powerful opportunity to come together on a global scale, in an exclusive and authoritative networking environment, to build relationships, share knowledge and develop ideas.

A Ball Can Change Your Life!