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HeadquartersCopenhagen | Denmark
Previous ranksLast year : 195
2 years ago : 261
Sector(s)Health, Inclusion, Children & Youth, Peacebuilding
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Official Website http://gamedenmark.org/en/
Countries of operation Denmark, Lebanon, and Somaliland
Countries where legally represented Denmark, Lebanon, Somaliland
Country where headquartered Copenhagen | Denmark
Type of organisation nonprofit, association
Number of employees 65
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Year founded 2002
Current CEO Simon Prahm
Preceded by -
Primary contact and general inquiries GAME Denmark, email@example.com, +45 70208323
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GAME’s mission is to create lasting social change through youth-led street sports and culture. The nonprofit’s programs seek to integrate vulnerable ethnic-minority youth (refugees, immigrants, etc.) into the community and offers the opportunity for them to grow as peer-educators and drivers of social change in a local setting (Playmakers). The activities are targeted young people in less-advantaged neighborhoods in Denmark, Lebanon, and Somaliland and span across ethnic, religious, and social divides. In 2016 GAME had more 100,000 visits at its practices, tournaments, workshops, and open gyms in 42 neighborhoods in Denmark and Lebanon. Furthermore GAME has scaled its impact over the last three years by providing micro grants worth 1.5 mill. USD to a total of 355 youth-led street sports projects outside the organization.
Seeing how marginalized youth from ethnic minorities could be brought together with resourceful youth and find common ground around basketball, dance, parkour and football, GAME turned to the idea of using sports as a vehicle for social change. GAME was founded in 2002 and through the years the organization has gained extensive experiences, which has allowed for the development of innovative methods to increase the development aspects of the activities. One such initiative is an English and Arabic basketball compendium that introduces three levels of empowerment (individual, social and community), with a series of corresponding training themes (leadership, trust, democracy, etc.). With an open-source strategy this helps the organization scale its impact and strengthen the whole field of Sport for Development and Peace.
In January 2016 the nonprofit opened the doors for its second indoor facility for street sports – GAME Esbjerg. After the first year of operations, the 3.4 mill. USD facility had attracted more than 3,500 members of all ages and become the largest sports initiative in Denmark’s fifth largest city. With GAME Esbjerg and GAME Copenhagen (awarded the IOC/IAKS prize) as inspiration, the establishment of the two next facilities in Aalborg and Viborg due to open February 2018.
With new funding to start up in four new countries in the coming two years (Lithuania, Greece, Malta, and Italy), GAME will also be opening new indoor facilities as well as outdoor facilities for street sports in across Europe, The Middle East and Africa. In Beirut the innovative campaign “Looking for a Place to Dream” has advocated for more public space for play and helped the politicians acknowledge the need. A new street sports facility intended to curb the growing tensions between the Syrian refugees and the hosting communities is now under way.
GAME is a Danish based street sport NGO founded in 2002. The organization is lead by a voluntary board and managed by a dedicated team working from HQ in Copenhagen. As of June 2017 an International Advisory Board topped by former US Ambassador Rufus Gifford has been established to guide the fore standing internationalization.
GAME has turned to the idea of using sports as a vehicle for social change and through the years the organization has gained extensive experiences, which has allowed for the development of innovative methods to increase the development aspects of the activities including a pro-feminist agenda.
Since 2010 the organization has increasingly focused its strategic efforts to establish innovative street sports facilities and develop youth leadership. The youth leaders in GAME are called Playmakers. An important part of GAME’s activities is thus to offer an education to young people in order to empower them to take a role as peer educators. In June 2016 their important work was recognized by US Secretary of State, John Kerry, who visited and engaged in discussions with them. In October 2017 it was HRH Prince Harry turn to visit and praise their volunteer efforts.
In 2017 GAME developed and implemented its first emergency relief initiative targeted victims of the Syrian crisis. The project provides life-saving cash-based programming and strengthens social cohesion among 1,750 children and youth.
To scale the impact GAME has in 2017 rethought its advocacy efforts and has launched the “GAME Dream” advocacy app, which lets the youth design their own public spaces for street sports – and share it on SoMe.
Strong Cities Network http://strongcitiesnetwork.org/
Sport and Development http://www.sportanddev.org
National Platform for Street Sports http://gadeidraet.dk
International Sports Alliance http://www.isa-youth.org/
Grant Thornton Denmark, +45 33110220