Beyond Sport Boosts Chicago 2016 Bid

Beyond Sport has announced that Chicago has been selected to be the host city for the Beyond Sport Summit and Awards in 2010.

The inaugural Beyond Sport event was held in London. A press release says Chicago will take up the reins for next year becoming the focus of the continuing evolution of the Beyond Sport network and its mission to celebrate and support the use of sport as a vehicle for positive social change.

The press release says that as a 2016 bid city, Chicago’s focus on creating a lasting legacy will not only strengthen the Olympic movement but also gives Beyond Sport the perfect platform for future growth and to increase its reach and impact further still across the globe.

Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, Chairman of the Beyond Sport Ambassadors said, “I am delighted that Chicago is backing Beyond Sport and its vision to unlock the great value that sport holds for social development, building on the huge progress made this week in London”.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley said, “as Mayor, we look forward to officially welcoming the Beyond Sport Summit to Chicago in 2010. Having Chicago selected to host Beyond Sport demonstrates a great vote of confidence in the commitment World Sport Chicago has made to giving young people opportunities to participate in sport. This is very important to us because since we have been working to bring the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games to Chicago, we have come to appreciate even more strongly the power of sport to change people’s lives – especially young people”.

Bill Scherr, Chairman of World Sport Chicago said, “if Chicago has the honour of hosting the Games, kids and families throughout the city will have access to enhanced parklands and new sport facilities – many of which are a natural fit for programming supported by World Sport Chicago. We look forward to hosting Beyond Sport in Chicago next year to share our ideas and learn from others”.