Established in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Olympic Refuge Foundation (ORF) is dedicated to providing access to physical activity and fostering personal growth and community building for refugees.

Through their sports programs in refugee camps, young people can find a sense of belonging, form friendships, and build confidence. The impact of these initiatives extends far beyond the camps, contributing to broader social integration and personal development.

The formation of the Olympic Refugee Team, first introduced at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and expanded in subsequent games, symbolizes the global recognition of refugee athletes and their potential to excel on the world stage. This team not only highlights the talents of refugee athletes but also brings attention to their resilience and determination.

The foundation’s commitment extends beyond elite athletes, as demonstrated by projects like Terrains d’Avenir. Launched in partnership with the French Ministry of Sports, this program aims to integrate displaced youth into French society through sports, offering organized activities regardless of administrative status or language proficiency.

Women and girls often face additional barriers to participation in sports, including cultural norms and gender-based discrimination. The ORF addresses these challenges through targeted interventions and inclusive programming, breaking down barriers and empowering women and girls to reclaim their agency and pursue their aspirations.

The Olympic Refuge Foundation continues to champion the transformative power of sport, providing opportunities for personal growth, fostering community spirit, and advocating for the rights and potential of refugees worldwide.

Source: The Olympic Refuge Foundation Provides Hope Through Sport – The Borgen Project