14/09/2019 – Fight for Peace Alliance member Utopia has won a prestigious Sport for Peace and Social Justice award at the 2019 Beyond Sport Awards held in New York City. This accolade was awarded in recognition of Utopia’s efforts serving children and adolescents in conditions of extreme poverty in Mexico City.

At the same awards ceremony, fellow Fight for Peace Alliance member organisation, Fight with Insight, was a shortlisted finalist in the Sport for Sustainable Cities and Development category. The finalists present at the ceremony were chosen from over 300 entries and shortlisted into seven categories and two special awards.

Both Utopia and Fight with Insight are long term partners of Fight for Peace and exemplify the crucial work being done in support of young people by Alliance member organisations. Utopia works with young people and families living in vulnerable communities in Mexico City, using educational, cultural and sporting tools. Fight with Insight, meanwhile, was established in Johannesburg, South Africa with the vision of creating a safe place for young people using boxing to teach life skills.

“We are absolutely delighted and feel so proud that the work of Utopia and Fight with Insight has been recognised by Beyond Sport in this way. These two organisations exemplify the incredible support offered not only to young people in their communities but also to fellow organisations in the Fight for Peace Alliance through sharing their knowledge and expertise. To be shortlisted from hundreds of organisations around the world is an incredible achievement, and for Utopia to win the award is an extra honour”, said Carolina Velasquez, Fight for Peace Alliance Programme Manager.

“The Beyond Sport Global Awards are a wonderful insight into how sport can dramatically impact communities and individuals in such a positive way,”  said Nick Keller, Founder and President, Beyond Sport. “Our winners, and indeed the entire shortlist, are showing that sport has a significant role to play in solving the world’s greatest challenges.”

On behalf of the Fight for Peace Alliance, we extend our huge congratulations to both Utopia and Fight with Insight on their fantastic achievements.