Connor Sport Court will award a professional-grade playing surface to a Sport for Development organization that has built a long-term, sustainable sports programming platform. The organization must have a solid organizational framework and have demonstrated the ability to maintain consistent programming and facility upkeep.
“We believe that children around the world should have access to a safe place to play and a place that allows them to learn the core, positive values of health and fitness, sportsmanship and teamwork taught by sport,” said Brandi Connolly, senior director at Connor Sport Court. “Sport for Development organizations teach these core values very well in communities, but they often lack proper athletic facilities. It is our goal to help change the existing paradigm by providing the youth with the safest place to play.”
Connor Sport Court has been involved in the Sport for Development movement for many years working with Beyond Sport; FIVB; NORCECA; USTA; the U.S.S.F, the Nancy Lieberman Foundation, and other leading sports organizations that support the movement. Sport Court has in the past installed a playing surface in Tanzania, and in 2013 Sport Court partnered with Beyond Sport to install a court at Philadelphia’s Heritage Park. This year Sport Court will continue their Beyond Sport partnership by installing a court in Soweto, South Africa that is a separate initiative from the Court Award program.
“As a leading international manufacturer of specialized sport surfaces, our unique contribution to sports is by providing the professional-grade court surface as a safe place to play,” said Andrew Gettig, vice president of international for Connor Sport Court. “This year marks the first program to be awarded directly from Sport Court to a non-profit Sport for Development organization. We believe this contribution helps us continue to impact the movement that is fostered by the mission of Beyond Sport.”
Not-for-profit organizations interested in applying for the court award may do so by visiting www.sportcourt.com/courtaward. The deadline for application is August 31st. The court award will be announced at the Beyond Sport Summit in Soweto, South Africa in October 2014.
About Connor Sport Court International (www.connorsportcourt.com)
Connor Sport Court is the market leader in sports surfacing and has built systems for many elite associations including the NBA, NCAA, FIBA, USATF and USA Volleyball. We specialize in both wood and synthetic surfaces and have appropriate solutions for every type of athletic, park or multi-use facility.
More athletic events are played on Connor Sport Court surfaces than on any other sports flooring in the world. Sport Court® is a registered trade mark of Connor Sport Court International. It is used to identify the original and authentic modular sport surfaces developed and continuously improved since they were introduced in 1974.
About Beyond Sport (www.beyondsport.org)
Beyond Sport promotes supports and celebrates the use of sport to address social issues in communities around the world. We do this through global events, awards schemes and a year-round online network.