“It’s been a fantastic partnership,” said Brett Graham, Executive Director for Laureus Sport for Good Foundation South Africa. “Sport is a unifying factor in our country, and at Laureus it is the heartbeat of what we are. Being able to showcase our programs and our athletes at the Corporate Challenge every year is exceptionally valuable to our overall marketing efforts.”
“The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation now has over 25 projects in more than 100 communities around South Africa,” Graham said. “We had less than 15 projects when we began this project with J.P. Morgan. The support of Corporate Challenge has played a huge part in our growth.”
The highlighted Laureus program through the Corporate Challenge partnership is Youth Empowerment through Sport (YES). Launched in 2012, YES focuses on equipping the youth with the technical, vocational and e life skills needed to develop sustainable livelihoods. The program targets school leavers, ages 18 to 25 with attention given to young people who are passionate about sport and the upliftment of local communities.
The J.P. Morgan donation this year will also benefit 100 boys and girls in the Laureus-funded CoolPlay project. A total of 12 learners from the CoolPlay project have been selected to be part of the Laureus and Hong Kong 7s exchange in April.
“The Corporate Challenge participants can feel a real connection to these 12 students who will have a life-changing experience through sport,” said Graham.
The donation to Laureus Sport for Good Foundation is part of J.P. Morgan’s commitment to supporting a not-for-profit organization in each of the 13 cities around the world that comprise the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Series.