UN International Day of Peace
Equity at Soccer Without Borders
Every September 21 we celebrate the International Day of Peace, a day that observes 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire around the world. But peace is not achieved solely through the absence of violence. It requires valuing every person’s humanity and seeking a more equitable world.
The official theme for 2021 is “recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world,” which makes it an ideal moment to formally introduce Equity as a core value of Soccer Without Borders.
Equity presented itself as a core value. The commitment was already there, but by elevating its status and putting it at the center, we now have more energy focused on converting that commitment into action. We are unlocking new ideas, and making sure that every action we take externally is matched with equal fervor by actions taken internally; what we say must reflect what we do. Soccer Without Borders’ core values are now: Authenticity, Whole Person, Process-Oriented, and Equity.
A group of participants wearing black Capelli uniforms pose with their coach and give the peace sign.
We aim to advance Equity in ourselves, our structures, our systems, our partners, and our communities. We value and seek best practices for equitable access and opportunities, investment, representation, power, and voice.
Introducing Equity as a core value of Soccer Without Borders means reflecting upon where we have been, where we are today, and our goals for the future. We have adopted a four-pronged approach to furthering equity as a core value: investment, access and opportunities, representation, and power and voice.
We encourage you to visit our Equity story to learn more about actions we have taken in each of these areas.