(Source: http://blog.usaid.gov/)

On March 1st, GRS Co-Founder and Africa Executive Director Kirk Friedrich participated in a panel hosted by USAID in Washington, D.C. on “Measuring the Impact of Sports on Youth Development”. Sponsored by the Office of Development Partners (ODP), over 125 guests and staff heard from NGO leadership who work with sports as a platform for youth development and spoke on the evaluation techniques for measuring the impact of these programs.

The panelists included Paul Teeple from Partners of the Americas: A Ganar Alliance; Maria Bobenreith, of Women Win; Kirk Friederich of Grassroot Soccer; and Brendan Tuohey of Peace Players International.

The panel was moderated by Kenneth Shropshire, of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative, the panel highlighted the ability for sports to serve as a powerful platform for youth development. USAID currently operates youth programs in over forty countries around the world and over 280 sports-based programs.

Click below to view a short video from the program, including footage from Grassroot Soccer programs.