PRESS RELEASE: UGANDA OLYMPIC COMMITTEE STRATGIC ALLIANCE WITH AWF, LAUSANNE SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 14
Formed under the category of Child and Youth Development within the Social Responsibility Unit, the alliance is a demonstration of UGANDA OLYMPIC COMMITTEE commitment to providing development opportunities for athletes. A sustainable lifestyle post sporting career is a key objective for any athlete. Without higher education too many athletes are experiencing a narrow pathway of opportunity in securing an enjoyable working future. Obtaining higher education is paramount in improving the skill set of retiring athletes and providing long term returns of social and economic benefit to the communities that once supported the athletes.
Through this strategic alliance, UGANDA OLYMPIC COMMITTEE invites its athletes and members to contact AWF for any issue relating to athlete education and career development. Providing education for athletes in the form of Sport Scholarships enables the athlete to maximise their potential of succeeding in the professional arena, whilst providing the athlete with a peace of mind for life after sport. Evidence of the overwhelming demand is reflected in over 50,000 student athletes independently applying for assistance to AWF platforms since early 2012.
AWF President, Chris Vidal expressed “UGANDA OLYMPIC COMMITTEE provides a platform of professionalism and offers strategic efficiency in the expansion of our Education through Sport campaign. Together, UGANDA OLYMPIC COMMITTEE and AWF will provide guidance and educational opportunities to qualifying student athletes.”
“UGANDA OLYMPIC COMMITTEE welcomes this alliance with the Athletes World Foundation where a particular emphasis will be placed on the importance of young student athletes to be provided with educational opportunities that will instill confidence and encourage them to understand the positive change they can contribute to their sport, their community and the world as leaders” noted UGANDA OLYMPIC COMMITTEE President, William Blick.
Communication and collaboration with the student athlete is key in deliverance of this global solution. AWF will be working closely with the UGANDA OLYMPIC COMMITTEE over the next months to implement dual career pathways for student athletes.
About Athletes World Foundation
Athletes World Foundation is an independent, separately constituted, non-profit organisation, working to assist qualifying student athletes by providing access to education through the practice of sports within their global university network. For more information, please visit www.athletesworldfoundation.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
About UGANDA OLYMPIC COMMITTEE
The Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) was constituted in 1950 and recognized by the IOC in 1956. UOC consists of three bodies. these are The General Assembly, The Executive Committee and The Council. These three bodies oversee all the activities of the UOC. supported by various commissions and a secretariat.