Based on an all-volunteer model, all WORLD PARAVOLLEY FOUNDATION-collected funds raised – except a minor sum to cover WORLD PARAVOLLEY FOUNDATION administrative filings and audit expenses – will be re-distributed to organizations that, pursuant to a rigorous grant application process, can deliver programs that match the goals of the WORLD PARAVOLLEY FOUNDATION.
The following are the core focus areas for the WORLD PARAVOLLEY FOUNDATION:
- Realizing the potential of Emerging countries focusing on both Sport and Administrative development
- Women in Sport
- Anti-Doping Infrastructure
- Development of Standing Beach Volleyball
- Developing the Administrative Capabilities and HR of WORLD PARAVOLLEY
Realizing the Potential of Emerging Countries
Based on the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI) the WORLD PARAVOLLEY FOUNDATION will focus on Countries in the lower middle and lower quartile of developing countries. In these countries, it is difficult for most individuals to be self-sufficient but for the physically impaired the challenges are even greater. The goal of the Foundation is to provide programs that will level the playing field and provide opportunities for our Para Athletes to be contributing members of their local communities.
Sport programs in these emerging countries will allow the physically impaired the opportunity to develop not only their sporting skills but also the non-sport personal skills needed to be successful. In these countries, the Governments lack the resources to impact the well being of the physically impaired and the WORLD PARAVOLLEY FOUNDATION with donor’s help can and will positively and directly impact the lives of these Para Athletes. It is in these countries that sport can be very effective in the rehabilitation and development of the individual to be contributing members of society.
Women in Sport
One of the key goals of the WORLD PARAVOLLEY FOUNDATION is inclusion and equity for persons with physical impairments, with gender equality being a key component to achieving this goal. Around the world girls and women face unique challenges to participate in sports and the challenges for physically impaired girls and women is much larger in scope. These challenges are personal, practical, economic and cultural.
To create a successful sport program for girls and women with a physical impairment, resources are needed to overcome the obstacles that inherently exist. With the help of sponsors the WORLD PARAVOLLEY FOUNDATION will develop positive and sustainable strategies for the inclusion of physically impaired girls and women in sport to their betterment.
In most developing countries women lack the appropriate sport apparel, fields and facilities, their personal safety is an issue and they have very few positive role models. With these types of obstacles, it is almost impossible for females with a physical impairment to gain government financial support to pursue sports and improve both their self-image, chances for advancement and an opportunity to contribute to their societies. WORLD PARAVOLLEY FOUNDATION programs will allow females with physical impairments to overcome these obstacles and succeed.
World ParaVolley is a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Agency Code to promote clean sports. As a signatory World ParaVolley has many responsibilities which include managing all high-performance ParaVolley athletes in multiple countries. This is a complex administrative responsibility and an expensive undertaking for a small revenue sport like ParaVolley and is one of the largest sport specific threats to the viability of World ParaVolley.
The recent publicized issues with doping in sport have forced the World Anti-Doping Agency to increase the compliance obligations of its members and as a consequence the costs continue to rise for World ParaVolley. The WORLD PARAVOLLEY FOUNDATION is looking for help from its donors in promoting clean sport while at the same time ensuring resources are available to continue a focus on development.
Developing the Administrative Capabilities of World ParaVolley
ParaVolley is one of the most popular sports in the world for persons with a physical impairment. To operate an international sports organization that delivers both competitive opportunities’ and develop programs requires significant resources.
World ParaVolley is managed by a volunteer board with one part-time staff person. To support current programs and develop a sustainable develop model the WORLD PARAVOLLEY FOUNDATION was formed to acquire the resources to support the World ParaVolley development work and continue its growth. Part of the mandate of the WORLD PARAVOLLEY FOUNDATION is to develop the resources to ensure that the development programs are sustainable providing donors with a long-term benefit for their contributions.
Development of Standing Beach Volleyball
Why does World ParaVolley want to develop Standing Beach Volleyball and why does the World ParaVolley Board want to get the resources to do so? The answers are simple: the development of Standing Beach Volleyball will allow small emerging countries with limited resources the opportunity to become involved in ParaVolley and receive the benefits from their involvement with World ParaVolley.
Standing Beach Volleyball will be targeted to sponsors that have a desire to develop their brand by using Standing Beach Volleyball as a platform. Not only will support for Standing Beach Volleyball help develop a sponsor’s brand as a socially responsible company, it will enhance the profile of World ParaVolley and bring more resources into key development programs.
It is the aim of World ParaVolley to have Standing Beach Volleyball on the 2028 Paralympic Games program as a new discipline an aim supported by the International Paralympic Committee.