Recently, the FIVB was a nominee for the Peace and Sport Federation of the Year Award, in recognition for their development work, particularly in its Rio Social Sport Legacy program.
FIVB President Ary Graca said, “We are extremely proud and honored to have been shortlisted for the Peace and Sport Award for Federation of the Year.”
While being nominated, the award was handed to the Taekwondo Care Program.
The FIVB accomplished many things for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, such as develop a Social Sport Legacy program. This program included hosting a VolleyballYourWay Festival that brought together people of all ages, specifically youths in celebration of volleyball.
The FIVB also launched two volleyball development training centres in favela neighborhoods in Rio. These centres were aimed at educating and socializing youths aged 7-17 through volleyball. The FIVB is partially funding these centres as a way to leave a lasting legacy in Rio, as well as highlighting volleyball’s appeal as a fun sport to be enjoyed by all generations of fans worldwide.
On top of creating these programs and centres, the FIVB refurbished a local Rio school, which they used as a site for its Volleyball House. The FIVB also organized daily activities for people of all ages to play, learn and meet their volleyball heroes. This is all in the effort of the FIVB to make volleyball the number one family sport entertainment in the world.
“The activities we organized in Rio showcased the capacity and huge potential of volleyball in inspiring hope and promoting peace through sport,” said Graca.