The Rafa Nadal Foundation and Laureus Sport for Good have joined forces for the benefit of vulnerable children and young people, specifically collaborating with the Rafa Nadal Foundation Center in Palma.
Over the past ten years, the Rafa Nadal Foundation has focused its work on the integration and social development of children and young people in Spain and India. To do so, the organisation uses sport and education to provide equal opportunities and empower young people to fulfil their potential in life.
“The fact that an entity such as Laureus Sport for Good, which has vast experience and high standing on this area internationally, has committed to collaborate with the Rafa Nadal Foundation is excellent news, for us as an organization as well as for hundreds of children and families who will benefit from it,” explains Maria Francisca Perelló, Director of the Rafa Nadal Foundation.
Created in 2014, the Rafa Nadal Foundation Centre in Palma cares for more than 250 vulnerable young people and their families each year. Programming delivered at the Centre focuses on fostering educational values such as team spirit, respect and effort, always using sport as the essential element.
Laureus Sport for Good was inspired by the words of its Founding Patron, Nelson Mandela, who said at the first ever Laureus Awards in 2000, “Sport has the power to change the world.” Laureus Sport for Good uses the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage, proving that sport can change the world.
Currently supporting more than 200 programmes in over 40 countries, Laureus Sport for Good partners with organisations that use sport to contribute to social focus areas aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals; Health, Education, Women and Girls, Employability, Inclusive Society and Peaceful Society.
Laureus Academy Member and six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker, said: “Leaders such as Rafa Nadal are a vital part of Laureus Sport for Good’s ongoing quest to use sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage. This partnership with the Rafa Nadal Foundation is a fantastic opportunity to combine our knowledge and expertise for the benefit of vulnerable young people. Collaboration between Sport for Development organisations is crucial to the sector’s growth, and we are looking forward to combining our international experience with the expertise of the Rafa Nadal Foundation through this exciting partnership.”