DEPARTMENTSA. The Hillary Model
B. Sport enterprise initiatives
C. Celebrity philanthropy
D. Promotional feats
F. Team sports
G. Promotional events
H. Recurrent events
I. Global and regional games
J. Sport tourism
L. Sport-Dev-Peace news
N. Martial Arts
O. Left Field
Moving Mountains (MM) is a new journal dedicated to the United Nations theme of sport for development and peace. The journal focuses on mountainous regions, including lowland gateways, but peripheral attention is paid to exemplary developments in lowland and oceanic regions. MM is a project of Mountain Legacy in collaboration with Himalayan Journal of Sciences, which in turn is a project of the Himalayan Association for the Advancement of Science).
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The first issue of Moving Mountains will appear in September 2010.
"Papa Tony" Freake Makes Things Happen in Phortse
In 1989 British national Papa Tony, as Mr. Anthony John Freake is known to the Sherpas of Khumbu, visited Phortse for the first time in the course of a shake-down trek prior to climbing Mt. Mera. Phortse is a community of about 400 Sherpas in the Khumbu District of Nepal, perched on an isolated terrace approximately 3800 meters above sea level and about 15 km southwest of Mt. Everest.
"I immediately fell in love with the village and its people," Tony explains. "I felt the village was so poor, so lacking in the basic amenities had by other villages in the Khumbu, that I had to come back and do what I could to help the community. The following year in 1990 I formed the Phortse Community Project."
In 1992, Mr Freake built a house for the schoolteachers at Phortse, and since then his PCP has undertaken numerous development projects including a health clinic, hydroelectric plant and electricity supply system, Tibetan Buddhist monastery, youth club, drinking water supply system, multipurpose community building and educational scholarships. [ More ]Sponsor:
Nominations Open for Fourth Hillary Medal
The Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal is awarded for “remarkable service in the conservation of culture and nature in mountain regions" in any part of the world. The Hillary Medal is a project of Mountain Legacy, a Nepalese NGO, reg. #1018/060-61 (www.mountainlegacy.org).The Hillary Medal was officially authorized by Sir Edmund Hillary in 2003 and is supported by Peter Hillary on behalf of the Hillary family. The 2010 Hillary Medal will be the fourth in the series.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 Awarding of the Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal. The deadline is March 9, 2010.
Coach Carter is Back... for Real
Rachel Maddow's Operation Iraqi Baseball
When it comes to moving mountains, there's no leverage like celebrity. In this case, the celebrity has direct access to her own little bully pulpit -- MSNBC News. This clip doesn't stress the impact of Maddow's gesture, but we can guess that there are payoffs not just for Iraqis (pride in a well-equipped national team, relief that recreation is making a comeback, hope for an economy prosperous enough to support organized sports) but also for Iraqi-US relations. [ More ]
Chris Waddell: Shining a Light on the Disabled Community
[From Waddell's Web site] Chris Waddell has dedicated his life to defying the conventional wisdom of what a paraplegic can and cannot do. Through his work with the Paralympics, Waddell has proven that being a "para" doesn't mean living a disabled life. Waddell's athletic abilities garnered international attention and have helped to change the way disabled individuals are viewed.
The decision to summit Kilimanjaro is intended to "shine the light back on the disabled — to show that if you take the time to look, you might be surprised." Waddell hopes that his incredible climb will provide a counterpoint to people's preconceived notions. "I hope my climb will make us see some of the 21+ million disabled people in the world in a whole new way," says Waddell.
Olympics: Good for Development?
On October 2, American conservatives howled with glee at President Obama's "failure" to win the 2016 Olympics for Chicago. Setting aside the predictable hypocrisy of the Republican pretense that the decision represented a rejection of Obama, his policies, and the Democratic Party in general, it is worth noting that there actually are arguments that the Olympics aren't such a great thing for the host country. [ More ]