Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Beisbol por la Paz

The program is led by the Colombian and the International Baseball Federations (IBAF), in collaboration with “Peace and Sport, L’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport” with the support of the Major League Baseball, Ecopetrol, Kenko, Grupo Internacional de la Paz and Fundauniban.

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The program will be implemented in 5 youth centers/clubs in Medellin and Cartagena. Designed as a pilot project, it will be duplicated and transformed into a national program called ‘Beisboleritos’ by the Colombian Baseball Federation with the support of the organization “Grupo Internacional de la Paz” at a later stage.

The 3-year program “Beisbol por la Paz” (Baseball for Peace) aims to bring structure and supervision into the lives of marginalized young people from 8 to 16 years old drawn to violence and street gangs in two of the most unsafe cities in Colombia.

Photo Gallery from “Beisbol por la Paz”

Psychosocial professionals and sports educators will work hand in hand to teach vulnerable young girls and boys respect for the Rules of the Game, both in baseball and in society. As part of the program, the specific dynamics between the players of Baseball and the intrinsic values of the sport will be used as educational vehicles to spread messages of tolerance, dignity, self-esteem and non-violent confrontation necessary to lead a better life and foster a culture of peace.

Ultimately, the program’s methodology aims to reduce violence and juvenile delinquency, increase youngsters’ resilience and facilitate reconciliation between communities that are victims of armed gangs.

Julio Alberto Teheran, Founder of “Beisbol por la Paz” said:  “I am extremely proud and happy to inaugurate this project today. Baseball has brought me so much in life enabling me to live from my passion, to be recognized by many and to be the person I am today having fully integrated Baseball’s values in my daily life. It is a great pleasure to now be able to give back to society and especially to my country through Baseball.”

Joel Bouzou, President and Founder of Peace and Sport, declared: "The presence of such a champion as Julio at the launch of ‘Beisbol por la Paz’ is crucial to the program’s success. He knows how to communicate his passion for baseball to children and show them all that this sport has brought him on a personal level. This is the best source of inspiration you could ever dream of for these kids who need role models and new benchmarks in life."

Riccardo Fraccari, IBAF President said: "Beyond the sporting values related to the game, IBAF and the game of baseball can also play a role in civic education, socialization and citizenship. We are extremely pleased to contribute to this program that will change the lives of hundreds of young people in vulnerable situations in Colombia."

"Beisbol por la Paz” is also supported by MLB star Edgar Renteria

Peace and Sport and IBAF signed a partnership in 2010 to pioneer activities promoting reconciliation, dialogue and social stability in the most volatile countries through baseball. The “Beisbol por la Paz” program is the first fruit of this partnership.

Partners of “Beisbol por la Paz” are also Major League Baseball and Kenko among others.

About Peace and Sport
“Peace and Sport, L’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport” (known as Peace and Sport) was founded in 2007 by Modern Pentathlon Olympic medallist and world champion Joel Bouzou, who is the current President of the organization. It works for sustainable peace , throughout the world. To achieve this, it promotes the practice of structured sport and sporting values to educate young generations and help foster social stability, reconciliation and dialogue between communities. An international initiative at the service of peace, Peace and Sport intervenes in areas made vulnerable by extreme poverty, recent conflict or lack of social cohesion. A neutral and apolitical organization based in Monaco, Peace and Sport is a global initiative under the High Patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Official Website of Peace and Sport