LONDON – Coaches Across Continents, with the help of Seamus Malin ’62 and Nick Gates ’91, has been nominated for the Best New Project in the 2009 Beyond Sport Awards.
Malin, a U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer, and Gates run Coaches Across Continents, which is an organization that allows experienced soccer coaches to work and assist developing regions using a designed soccer education curriculum. This not-for-profit organization, which was founded in 1990, is designed to develop young people to become modern leaders in their community.
Coaches Across Continents was chosen as part of the Beyond Sport shortlist from more than 265 entries covering more than 80 countries that submitted applications to this year’s awards. Beyond Sport is the global initiative which, through its award program, seeks to unearth, celebrate and support the world’s most inspirational sports projects, people and organizations that drive positive change through sport.
The successful projects in the six Beyond Sport Foundation Award categories will each receive a unique package of support to help their initiatives develop in the future. By reaching this stage of the judging process, Coaches Across Continents will also receive an invitation to attend the Beyond Sport Summit July 7-9 in London.
The summit will be led by influential global figures including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson, the President of Virgin Atlantic, Prince Faisal Al Hussein of Jordan, Boris Johnson, the Mayor of England, and Wilfred Lemke, the United Nations Special Advisor to the Secretary General. The award winner, to be selected by the panel of Beyond Sport Ambassadors, will be announced on the final day of the summit.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Chairman of the Beyond Sport Ambassadors, stated, “My congratulations to those projects from all corners of the world that have been nominated to the Beyond Sport Awards shortlist. This is an immense achievement on the part of these individuals and organizations and recognizes their important contribution to delivering social change.”