Luke Dowdney, the Founder and Director of Fight for Peace, has been honored by global sport for social change organization Beyond Sport with its prestigious Innovation Through Sport Award.

The Award, supported by One World Futbol Project, is in recognition of Fight for Peace’s work providing children and young people in disadvantaged communities with alternative to crime, drug dealing and organised armed violence, via social inclusion through boxing and martial arts.

“Innovation has been at the heart of One World Futbol Project’s work since the beginning, and we are delighted to partner with Beyond Sport to honor Luke for his work. He has broken new ground, first in Rio and now across the globe, and it is a privilege to reward that success,” said One World Futbol Project co-founder and Chief Giving Officer, Lisa Tarver. Tarver presented the Award along with former NFL star and One World Futbol Project ambassador, Jack Brewer, founder of the Jack Brewer Foundation, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing resources and opportunities to the world’s most underserved populations using sport as its catalyst.

Luke Dowdney added: “I’m massively honoured – I had no idea I was even up for an Award. It’s great to have that kind of recognition but this Award is very much for the young people in our team. We have more than 80 staff members and thousands of young people on the program doing the real work on a day-to-day basis, so this is a chance to shine a light on all of them.”

The Innovation Through Sport Award, is given each year to an individual or organization that has broken new ground or been especially creative in its use of sports to address a social issue.

“Luke is a true pioneer, an entrepreneur and a passionate leader. He richly deserves this Award,” Nick Keller, the Founder of Beyond Sport, added. “We are thrilled to partner with One World Futbol Project to reward Luke’s incredible work and support the local efforts of the Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative through the donation of One World Futbols.”