In 2012, SportCares was launched as a vision to change the lives of the vulnerable through the power of sport.
Initiated as part of the “Vision 2030: Live Better Through Sport” master plan, SportCares is rooted in the belief that positive sports experiences have the ability to transform the lives of youths-at-risk and the vulnerable in society.
At the heart of SportCares lies an unshakeable belief that things should be done with and alongside the community.
When we first started out in 2013, we were supporting 90 at-risk youth. Today, we are mentoring more than 900 children and youths by using sports as a catalyst. The success of our sporting programmes has allowed us to widen our scope of care to include other beneficiaries from the society-at-large.
In 2016, we expanded our focus to include persons with disabilities, seniors and low income families.
As an organisation that keeps people at the heart of what we do, we continue to grow from strength to strength. What began as an idea to elevate the lives of Singapore’s underprivileged has since evolved into a sports-centric social integration programme.
Helping us realise our mission is a dedicated team of partners and collaborators comprising corporates, private foundations, social enterprises, social service organisations, schools, institutes of higher learnings and government agencies. Some of our distinguished partners include Changi Foundation (Changi Airport Group), Temasek Foundation Cares, Benchmark Sports, AXA Singapore, AWWA Ltd and the Special Olympics SIngapore, among others.
• March 2013: Singapore’s first prosocial football programme “Saturday Night Lights” is launched at Taman Jurong. The programme mentors 90 youths-at-risk who hail from constituencies in Taman Jurong, Jurong Spring and Henderson.
• April 2014: Building on the success of “Saturday Night Lights”, a twice-weekly running programme called “CareRunners” is launched. Aimed at keeping youths off the streets, this initiative opens up another pathway for trainers to build upon existing friendships and forge new bonds.
• January 2015: Aimed at increasing the English proficiency of our beneficiaries, we launched a sports-based education programme, called PlayBook which used sport-centric stories and information to stimulate their interest.
• October 2015: In 2015, our constituents help put together the athlete’s village for the 28th SEA Games. Affectionately called the “The Nila Suite”, over 300 SportCares youths to help build the athlete’s village. They overcame language and cultural barriers to build lasting friendships with athletes from all 11 members of the Southeast Asian Games Federation.
• December 2015: The ASEAN Para Games 2015 kicks off to a roaring start in host nation Singapore with the launch of the ASEAN Para Games Symposium, a SportCares-driven initiative.
• August 2016: The launch of Game ON, a festival organised by SportCares marks the beginning of the inaugural Get Active Singapore celebrations.
• Jan 2017: SportCares officially launches a sports team comprising entirely of persons with disabilities. This marks a turning point in the organisation as it now includes persons with disabilities and special needs into its primary scope of care.
• Feb 2017: Supported by the Citizen Engagement Seed Fund, 50 SportCares youth volunteers embark on a community project to raise public awareness of Alzheimer’s disease by reaching out to heartland estates across Singapore.
• June 2017: Abdul Thaslim, a beneficiary of the SportCares-led CareRunner intiative is picked from amongst hundreds of applicants world wide to participate in the Michael Johnson Leadership Course held in the United States. Upon successful completion of the course, Thaslim partners with Beyond Social Services to set up his own running group for low-income kids.
• August 2017: In the first of its kind, SportCares organises the inaugural Inclusive Sports Festival at Our Tampines Hub. The two-day festival is brings together more than 20,000 students from special education schools and members of the public.
• October 2017: Aimed at building bonds between its beneficiaries and persons with disabilities, SportCares launches CareVentures. As an inclusive outdoor sports programme, CareVentures creates safe learning spaces for students with down syndrome by pairing them up with vulnerable youths who play the role of volunteer-befrienders.
• March 2018: SportCares and Temasek Foundation Cares come together to launch Play-Ability, a programme aimed at providing recreational sports opportunities for persons with disabilities and special needs. The programme helps to foster inclusive relationships within the community through the power of sport.
• May 2018: SportCares introduces a new running category in the in Singapore Kindness Run 2018 to help foster inclusiveness. Known as the “3.5km Fun & Inclusive Run” the running category allows competitive runners to run alongside PWDs and spur them on as they complete the race.
• June 2018: The First batch of SportCares Champions undertake an overseas community project in Cambodia.
• July 2018: SportCares and the Special Olympics come together to organise Play Inclusive, the first ever unified sports competition to include both professional athletes and athletes with disabilities on the same playing field.
• August 2018: In conjunction with POCARI Sweat Singapore, two SportCares beneficiaries travel to Jakarta to to support Team Singapore athletes at the 2018 Asian games.