United Through Sport

Context: Infrastructure and socioeconomic indicators in the Eastern Cape lag behind other areas of South Africa. Its population suffers from high unemployment, badly equipped schools and a poor healthcare system. Educational opportunities for inhabitants of the Port Elizabeth Township are especially poor: only 3% of students enter tertiary education after high school, compared with 97% of students from top schools in the area.

Organization: United Through Sport provides underserved young people with increased educational opportunities, using a tiered sport-for-development program to 1) improve emotional well being and increase life skills (teamwork, leadership, decision making, communication); 2) discuss critical issues – by delivering curricula on topics such as HIV/AIDS awareness, and gender equality in a fun and interactive manner on the sports field; and 3) to improve the quality of education – by providing support and pathways for talented and dedicated individuals through supplementary support where the quality of education is poor and also through scholarships to top local schools.

Current Grant: With EMpower’s third grant, United Through Sports will provide academic support and health and life skills training to prepare young people to successfully transition to secondary school.

United Through Sports was formerly known as Umzingisi.

South Africa Contact: Nick Mould Contact Email: nmould@unitedthroughsport.org  Website: http://www.unitedthroughsport.org/south-africa-english Year Established: 2007