Culture Fund

Regular physical activity is important for building and maintaining healthy bones, muscles and joints. Acquiring better fitness levels also help control feelings of anxiety and depression. According to the World Health Organization, there are further bonuses in properly guided physical activity. It encourages other healthy behaviours, such as avoiding tobacco, alcohol and drug use. It also helps to filter violent and aggressive behaviours by allowing participants to 'let off steam'. Health advantages may be overwhelming but so too are the social ones. UNICEF has identified studies showing involvement in sport or other physical activities allow young people to build self-confidence and feel a sense of achievement. Belonging to a social group or 'team' also encourages greater social interaction and integration. In societies, such as Papua New Guinea, comprising hundreds of different tribal and language groups, sport is a uniting force. It promotes social cohesion and 'nation building'.

SPORT CAN HELP OVERCOME IGNORANCE AND DISCRIMINATION AND SOW THE SEEDS OF INTEGRATION AND EQUALITY. Adolf Ogi, United Nations Secretary- General's Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace

Sports transcend all social, political and ethnic barriers. Its appeal crosses educational levels, religious preferences and all language groups. Its easy ability to bring people together makes sport a powerful communication tool...

Here is a list of some of the programs that Silicon Ro Foundation's Sports Fund supports:

• Education in physical activity & awareness
• Establishing weight training centers for needy communities
• Sponsoring and promoting sporting events
• Promoting a healthy lifestyles through better diet and exercise