Today kicked off the Bulova Beijing Soccer Camp, held at the Beijing Institute of Technology. More than 120 local youth are participating in a week of soccer training and fun, conducted by Brazilian Coach Lamartine Silva with assistance from many local coaches. The generous funding of the Bulova Foundation has made this camp possible, with on the ground coordination from GSP staff members in the US and China.
June 2014 brought the conclusion of Phase II of the Saudi Youth Sports Initiative (SYSI) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. SYSI Phase II continued the "train the trainers" curriculum begun last year, instructing new basketball and football coaches and conducting boys camps in both sports. Three weeks of instruction and training took place between 8-26 June 2014, with all sessions held at beautiful Faisal Zahid Sports Park in Jeddah.
For a week in May, employees of Global Sports Partners gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, for a biennial company meeting. More than 50 individuals came for training, strategy, standardization, and a variety of workshops designed for professional development.
Global Sports Partners (GSP) is pleased to share an inspiring story of sport development from earlier this year. We believe it is possible to cross barriers and bring hope in every location and context, and we are proud to partner with local organizations who seek to improve their country's culture of health, wellness, and sport. In many countries women's sport has low levels of participation, and this particular initiative addressed the lack of qualified female basketball referees available for local competition.
Through Global Sports Partners, it is possible to experience the magic of Morocco in a truly unique and memorable way! Urban Bike Treks offers bike tours of Rabat, Morocco, and recently hosted a group from Los Angeles, California. The "Rabat at a Glance" tour is a great way to get a taste of local culture while you are in Rabat!
Earlier this month, Global Sports Partners welcomed 10 basketball coaches to Dallas, Texas, for the 4th annual International Basketball Coaches Experience (IBCE). The attending coaches represented the countries of Brazil (3), China (5), Jordan (1), and Mongolia (1). Coaches enjoyed two days of basketball clinics and instruction, one day of cultural experiences, and attendance at the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Convention and a college all-star game.
Global Sports Partners is pleased to support an exciting youth basketball camp taking place 12-14 March 2014 in Settat, Morocco. L'Association de la Jeunesse Sportive de Settat (AJSS), or the Settat Youth Sports Association, is conducting its inaugural camp "under the auspices of the Royal Moroccan Basketball Federation and in collaboration with the Delegation of the Ministry of Youth and Sport."
Explore the rich history and culture of Morocco on a ride with Urban Bike Treks! Located in Rabat, Morocco, these memorable tours are available for individuals and groups. We invite you to consider this invitation from GSP Representative and Urban Bike Tours Managing Director, Mr Kevin A. Chartney:
"On behalf of Global Sports Partners, welcome to Rabat!
Global Sports Partners endorses the Olympic Truce and the efforts of the International Olympic Truce Center. Please support all organizations and endeavors who take a stand for PEACE and please undergird our shared efforts to promote peace building and cross-cultural among all nations.
Beginning 1 February 2014, Elevate Sports-India, in partnership with Global Sports Partners, is proud to offer a new, one-of-a-kind basketball academy across the great city of Mumbai, India. Throughout the intial three-year partnership, Elevate Sports will administer the academy and GSP will provide basketball expertise, train and mentor Indian coaches, and oversee all basketball operations. The aim of the basketball academy is "to produce skilled, motivated, athletic players who thrive and grow in the competitive arena." The training will emphasize individual skill development while also teaching fitness, diet, and conditioning principles.
While competing in the 11th West Asia Baseball Cup, Pakistan Federation Baseball (PFB)hosted GSP Director of International Operations, Ken Touchton, and GSP Pakistan Representative Zahid Johnson. Global Sports Partners congratulates Pakistan for their win at the tournament and would like to thank Mr. Syed Khawar Shah, Secretary General Pakistan Federation Baseball, for his gracious hospitality.
On 7 December, 2013, two GSP Brazilian Football Coaches participated in a grassroots football program in Do Son, Vietnam in cooperation with Football For All Vietnam (FFAV), a community development organization that has been providing opportunities for all walks of society, including those with HIV/Aids and other marginalized persons.
On Sunday, 10 November, Spanish football club Real Betis hosted world famous Barcelona FC in a La Liga match at Estadio Benito Villamarín in Seville, Spain. Barca features Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi, as well as Spanish stars Xavi, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro, and Andres Iniesta, and newly signed Brazilian star Neymar.
From September 22 to October 1, 2013, the 3rd Islamic Solidarity Games (ISG) took place in Palembang, Indonesia. More than 3,000 athletes from more than 50 countries were represented at the games, competing in 18 sports. The host nation, Indonesia, won the overall medal count with 104 total medals: 36 gold, 34 silver, and 34 bronze. Iran finished second, and Egypt finished third.
The orphans came from all over the vast city of Baghdad, Iraq. About 15 girls and 25 boys ages 10-18 arrived at 8am Sunday morning, 23rd June 2013, eager to seize the opportunity to engage in sport and games at a well-known sports club! They had never been afforded such an opportunity, both to enjoy the sports club facilities and to interact with experienced American PE teachers and coaches, including Brittany Wilkins, a former WNBA player! This sports camp was coordinated by GSP in partnership with MRDS, an NGO with a contract to teach English to children from a local orphanage.
Arriving early for each session, GSP Football and Basketball experts Gregg Schroeder, Adam Bush, and Ian Hughes devoted plenty of personal time to interact with the campers and enjoyed getting to know and understand a bit about the life circumstances of many of them. All of the youth were enthusiastic and very grateful that Global Sports Partners would bring coaches to their neighborhood to conduct such a camp. The camps were made possible through the cooperative partnership between GSP and Jeddah United Sports Club and their assistance in preparing for this event. Promoting fair play and good sportsmanship, the theme for the camps was, “Say ‘no’ to bad sportsmanship”.
One of Global Sports Partners’ core services is facilitating exchange. Deb Packwood works in Iraq as GSP’s country coordinator. Upon selecting an Iraqi student and an Iraqi volunteer to travel to the USA for the World Youth Peace Summit* and the World Scholar Athlete Games*, the United States embassy in Baghdad tasked GSP with facilitating this exchange.