POSTED: December 13th 2013

Sports Features partners with Athletes World Foundation to get word out about sport, educational opportunities

(L to R) AWF Vice-President Ash Smith with scholarship recipient Aya Nakitanda / AWF
(L to R) AWF Vice-President Ash Smith with scholarship recipient Aya Nakitanda / AWF

Stefan Popov, a swimmer from Bulgaria who is studying compueter science in the USA / AWF
Stefan Popov, a swimmer from Bulgaria who is studying compueter science in the USA / AWF

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(SFC) Athletes World Foundation, a non-profit organisation giving athletes the chance to train and compete within world-class facilities while studying at top-level universities, has partnered with Sports, which will help spread AWF information through SFC Press Point and its daily news service.

Intensive training and competition is required for athletes to succeed at the highest level of sport, while many find the combination of training and gaining a higher-level education difficult. Athletes World Foundation aims to help athletes find pathways to get the most out of both education and sporting activities simultaneously.

“AWF is pleased to be working with Sports Features and clearly identifies its media network as valuable and complimentary towards our mission,” Athletes World Foundation President Chris Vidal said. “We are working hard to inform IFs, NOCs and Sponsors of this significant global issue, and of the benefits they will gain in aligning with AWF.

“It is time to make a real difference, and we are pleased to have Laura Walden personally assist with the global reporting of our latest news, sponsorship deals and overall developments at AWF.”

“It has long been recognised that there is a void in the sports movement for education and job opportunities beyond the arena,” Walden, Sports Features founder and director, said. “As an advocate of education and serve on the Saint Leo University Sport Business Advisory Council, I was very impressed with their programme.

“Our mission is to get the word out to athletes in need through our database of NOCs, IFs, recognised organisations, sponsors, and let them know that the opportunities exist. They can follow up with Chris Vidal or Ash Smith directly to find the right channels for recruitment.”

Athletes gaining both talent in sport and a higher-level education does more than benefit the athlete; it benefits a nation’s economic development. AWF and Sports Features will inundate National Olympic Committees with information regarding how to produce talented and elite athletes while allowing them to pursue higher education.

“I thank the AWF so much for the work they are doing,” Ugandan AWF and Olympic Solidarity Scholarship-winner Aya Nakitanda said. “Their effort to collaborate with Olympic Solidarity to support my dreams was effortless and efficient.

“They have provided me with an opportunity that I had given up on, and words are definitely not enough to express my gratitude. I hope we will work further to benefit of Ugandan athletes, and many more athletes globally.”

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