The Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia (YR1M) will carry out at least 10 projects to aid needy youth particularly those in “high risk areas” with sports programmes over the next three years.
This is part of the YR1M’s partnership with the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation in an effort to provide youth with meaningful sports activities that will help shape their future.
YR1M chief executive officer Ung Su Ling said the projects will begin with football programmes, including the 1Malaysia Cup youth competition.
“This competition carries the tagline “Bukan Sekadar Piala” (not just about the cup) and it will involve mostly 19-year-old boys,” said Su Ling.
“Through this we want to achieve a more meaningful impact on youth, where it is not only about winning the cup, but about other aspects of life as well.”
Su Ling was speaking after the launching of the Laureus Sport For Good summit in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Also present were Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and Laureus Sport For Good Foundation chairman Edwin Moses, the legendary 400m hurdles runner.
She added that a 1Malaysia rugby programme for youth between 17 and 19 years old will be next.
Khairy hoped the three-day summit, which gathers delegates from Laureus projects from around the world would have a lasting impact on the country.
“Earlier this year we hosted the Laureus Sports Awards which celebrated the stars of world sport. This summit now brings together the unsung heroes who do a thankless job in sport,” said Khairy.
“For us, this should leave a legacy of programmes that will help us change lives through sport.”
By Arnaz M. Khairul - NST