On April 6, 2015, the United Nations and the international sports community will celebrate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace offers the opportunity to promote sport and physical activity as a universal tool and a drive for social change, contributing to development, the fight against social stigma and discrimination, gender equality, healthy behaviors, and peace building.
Adaptive Surfing allows Surfers of all abilities to experience the joy of riding waves. The ISA will gather the Adaptive Surfing Community from across the globe for the first ever ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship in La Jolla, CA from September 25-27, 2015.
The ISA believes that Surfing is a universal tool and driver for social change and that it contributes to building a better world. We encourage you to join us in celebrating the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace and demonstrating Surfing’s powerful capacity in this space in the following ways:
- Share media and photos of how you use Surfing as a catalyst for social change, development, and peace and hashtag: #sport4betterworld and #surf4betterworld
- White Cards – On April 6, surfers from around the world should be encouraged to take a photo holding a blank white card as a symbol of peace.
- These image and media can be submitted to the ISA via the following upload link: http://www.isasurf.org/surfing-for-development-and-peace/ or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Surfing for Development and Peace
- The ISA will share #surf4abetterworld photos and content through its media channels, with the Peace and Sport Website and other key Olympic media outlets showcasing the historic day.
Surfing is a sport that transcends all barriers of wealth, status, race, creed, gender, age, and physical ability. Surfers are a unique tribe who ride waves for their innate love of the sport, the thrill of competition, and the bond they share with fellow surfers and the ocean. The ocean is an equalizer for us and, in addition to being a global sport with Olympic pursuits, Surfing is a tool that positively impacts people’s lives and acts as a catalyst for social change, development, and peace.
Surf Haiti, the 94th Member of the ISA uses Surfing as an agent for social change in Haiti by educating young surfers in best practices relating to the environment, clean water, local culture and personal development.
Thank you for your participation on this historic day. We look forward to seeing Surfing used as a force for positive change.