The Barça Foundation's FutbolNet program

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We believe that sports activities, thoughtfully designed and implemented, can be a powerful tool for fostering inclusion, mutual respect, and self-confidence.

Partnering with the Barça Foundation for Net Progress

The Barça Foundation’s FutbolNet methodology uses the game of soccer and other sport activities to give young people a chance to exercise agency, take responsibility, and include others. With support from SNF, FutbolNet expanded to reach thousands of children at refugee sites in Lebanon, Italy, and Greece.
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Playing Unified and Learning Unified through Special Olympics
Special Olympics athletes in the Play Unified. Learn Unified. program

Through a major three-year collaboration with Special Olympics, SNF supported significant international expansion of Special Olympics’ Unified Schools and Unified Sports programming, which creates opportunities for inclusive sport and youth leadership development for students with and without intellectual disabilities. 
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See Special Olympics’ unified philosophy at work:

The Greek Team Takes Home the Fair Play Award at the Homeless World Cup
The Greek team at the 2015 Homeless World Cup

Nonprofit Diogenis, through which SNF provided support to the Greek National Homeless Soccer Team, has also organized soccer tournaments for refugees living in camps in Greece.
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Racing with New York Road Runners Wheelchair Athletes
New York Road Runners Wheelchair Training Program

The Rising New York Road Runners Wheelchair Training Program provides free weekly training sessions to wheelchair athletes between the ages of 6 and 21 as part of the organization’s work helping all New Yorkers hit the road to race.
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A Ball For All
Students using Youthorama's specially designed soccer balls

Using a specially designed ball, nonprofit Youthorama seeks to engage students with visual impairments in the game of soccer.
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Learn more about how SNF is working to build a bright and inclusive future for the next generation