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Zimbabwe: SportAIDS Project Launched

January 24, 2014

This article was reported by allAfrica.

allAfrica reported that a Zimbabwe nonprofit, Summit Care Trust, launched the SportAIDS Project, an initiative with the dual objectives of reducing HIV among youth and promoting youth sport development in the city of Harare. Spokesperson Lovemore Banda stated that the SportAIDS initiative "Movement Games" would nurture sporting talent and teach life/survival skills and HIV. Banda said the project had recruited sports personalities to serve as SportAIDS ambassadors and coaches in football, netball, volleyball, rugby, cricket, athletics, handball, basketball, tennis, and swimming. Representatives from SportAIDS clubs at Admiral Tait Primary School, Alfa Bricks Primary School, Churchill High School, Butler Secondary School, UMAA Group of Colleges, University of Zimbabwe, and Women's University in Africa attended the launch.

Banda noted that the SportAIDS Project was collaborating with the Governor's Education Mid-Term Plan 2011-2015, which called for revitalizing sports and integrating them fully into the curricula. Summit Care Trust also would develop platforms for SportAIDS youth participants to develop personal and professional goals and become "torch-bearers" for an HIV-free society, according to Banda.

Summit Care Trust partnered with the National AIDS Council; Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education; Ministry of Health and Child Care; Ministry of Youth Development, Indigenization, and Empowerment; and the Sports Commission. A representative from each organization participated on the SportAIDS Project Advisory Team.

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