The first half of the Beyond Sport Awards 2011 were held in Cape Town on Wednesday night, with projects from around the world rewarded for their success in the field of sport as a tool for social change.
Â Five of the 12 Beyond Sport Award winners were revealed at the ceremony, staged as part of the Beyond Sport Summit. The other winners of the prestigious Beyond Sport Awards, who receive a substantial business support package as well as the global recognition that comes with winning the Award, will be announced on Thursday evening. The winners have been chosen from close to 400 entries from more than 125 countries that submitted applications this year.
They followed on the heels of the announcement of Beyond Sportâ€™s Humanitarian in Sport Award, supported by Virgin Atlantic, which was presented last week to Chelsea FC and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba.
Nick Keller, the Founder of Beyond Sport, said: â€œThese Award winners are providing the greatest examples of sportâ€™s power across the entire globe. They have each been singled out from remarkably strong shortlists and each organisation fully deserves the acclaim it is receiving today. We hope that this will help take them to a new level, and we will be at their side as they continue to go beyond sport.â€
Beyond Sport is a global initiative that seeks to celebrate and support any organisation or individual with the goal to drive positive social change through sport. It is partnered with Barclays Spaces for Sports, TIME Inc and UNICEF.
The winners announced on Wednesday were:
Sport for Social Inclusion Award
Supported by Barclays Spaces for SportsÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Umthombo Surf Stars
Parent Organisation: Umthombo Street Children-SAÂ Â Â Â Â Â
Host Country: South AfricaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Sport for the Environment AwardÂ Â Â Â Â
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â HL Green
Parent Organisation: National Hockey League
Host Country: United States and Canada
Sport Federation or Governing Body of the Year
Supported by SportAccord
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Australian Football League
For their standout project Flying Boomerangs International Leadership Program
Host Country: Australia
Sport Team of the Year
Supported by StubHubÂ
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The Philadelphia Eagles Football Club
Host Country: United States
Judgesâ€™ Award â€“ Innovation in Sport
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Eco Sports Club
Host Country: Bosnia and Heznegrova
For more information on the Beyond Sport Awards, shortlisted projects and winners, visit www.beyondsport.org.