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Save the Dream

Save the Dream is a joint initiative of the Qatar Olympic Committee and the International Centre for Sport Security, designed to promote and protect the core values of sport for young people at a global level.

Save the Dream works with youth, and for youth, towards a sport free from corruption, violence and discrimination. We implement initiatives and support promising ideas in the fields of dialogue, education and social innovation, harnessing the passion for sport to protect its purity for future generations.

Save the Dream is championed by an “Athletes Integrity Panel”, a team of elite athletes captained by 2006 FIFA World Cup champion Alessandro Del Piero, along with Olympic medallist Penny Heyns and Italian champion para-athlete Giusy Versace; and an open-ended “High-Level Panel”, chaired by H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Secretary General of Qatar Olympic Committee, with the participation of UN Under-Secretary-General Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; former UN Under-Secretary General Staffan De Mistura; Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker; African leader and artist Youssou N’Dour; and ICSS President Mohammed Hanzab.

Save the Dream actively cooperates with United Nations bodies such as UNESCO and UNICEF, the sport movement, the scientific community, the business sector, civil society and youth organizations. Protecting sport and the future of children is a shared responsibility and we at Save the Dream strongly promote multi-sectoral approaches.

Save the Dream is headquartered in Doha, with an office on Sport and Art within Alessandro Del Piero’s Gallery in Turin.

Some of our projects:

Schools Olympic Programme  

Save the Dream – in partnership with the Qatar Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Education of Qatar – provided educational tools to students in Qatar to stimulate their thoughts on sport integrity, including a colouring book depicting an outstanding act of sportsmanship by Spanish athlete Iván Fernández Anaya, winner of the 2013 Save the Dream Award; and two chapters (translated into Arabic) of Alessandro Del Piero’s book “Let’s keep playing”.  The chapters on “Loyalty” and “Team Spirit” have been distributed to the students of secondary schools to inspire them to reflect on and write an essay on these topics. A total of 26,454 students across 461 schools participated in the activities of the 2013-2014 edition of the Qatar Schools Olympic Programme, under the theme “Sport and Integrity”.

Let’s Cheer Positively/Tifiamo Positivo 

This project is conceived and implemented in partnership with Comitato Italiano Sport contro Droga/Italian Committe for Sport Against Drugs, CONI/Italian Olympic Committee, Ministero dell’Istruzione/Italian Ministry of Education, UNICRI (United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute), Federazione Italiana Gioco Calcio/Italian Football Federation and ICSS.  The project encompasses a national competition for high school student to produce an original creative work regarding cheering positively for individual athletes and teams in sport.  Six winners will be awarded a two-week internship with Save the Dream in Doha, Qatar. For more information, please visit http://sportcontrodroga.it/tifiamopositivo/

Protecting Brazilian children and adolescents in the context of sports mega-events

Together with the Ministry of Human Rights Brazil and UNICEF Brazil, Save the Dream will build a network of child protection champions to spread messages and act to protect and prevent children from violence.  Through this campaign, we aim to reach millions of people with protection messages urging a compelling call to action. The project is also aimed at raising awareness, building capacity and engaging key actors before, during and after the upcoming sport mega events hosted by Brazil including FIFA World Cup 2014 and the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Save the Dream Day

Save the Dream Day was celebrated in all stadia hosting the Lega Serie A Championships in Italy in April 2014. During the weekend of 13th April, children carrying Save the Dream banners entered the pitches along with players, and short films spreading Save the Dream’s message of ethics and values in sport were shown in all stadia. These championship matches were viewed by over 15 million people around the world.

Save the Dream: Clean Sport. Safe Sport. Sport for all.

Save the Dream at “Sport Integrity: A Right for Youth”.

Save the Dream: Alessandro Del Piero.