About Gamechangers

Architecture for Humanity and Nike Inc. are proud to announce GAMECHANGERS, a campaign to encourage community organizations to empower youth through sports by proposing programs that spur social and economic development in a community.

Projects may be in located in rural, semi-rural or urban areas; they may have singular goals or have multiple functions, but should address one or more of the following key areas:

  • Improved access to opportunities to participate in sport
  • Removal of physical, economic, social and gender barriers to participation in sport
  • Improved social cohesion
  • Improved physical activity
  • Provides innovative alternatives to play spaces for communities that lack resources
  • Positively affects the environment or reduces negative environmental impact of sport-related initiatives
  • Opportunities for social and economic empowerment generated by the project

The goal of the program is to support the design and construction of innovative facilities through a matching grant fund.

Examples include:

  • a sports center for the empowerment of girls and women by erasing stereotypes
  • a sports program that preserves land and creates "safe spaces"
  • a combination of sports and education to empower youth-led movements

If selected, the local organization will work with Architecture for Humanity to utilize a matching grant fund established by Nike Inc. Additionally Architecture for Humanity will match the Community Partner with a professional design team to develop and refine their proposed facility. This fund will provide access to funding towards the cost of construction of the proposed project. Architecture for Humanity will provide construction oversight and will manage the funds during construction.

Nike, Architecture for Humanity and the Community Partner will work together to identify additional sources of matching funds if needed.

Previously on GAMECHANGERS...
In 2009 we received GAMECHANGERS proposals from 35 countries: 24 from the United States, 13 from South Africa, 7 from Kenya; and 6 based in India.

Many program proposals are related to football, basketball, and general fitness, but other sports include skateboarding, sailing, Capoeira, break dancing, Parkour, golf, and track and field. The facilities proposed range from stadiums, to community centers, to skate parks, to boathouses. The programs use sports to support a wide range of other services, mostly for youth, but sometimes for homeless adults or disabled persons.

Non awarded projects are all eligible for final round funding.

Previous Recipients
Skateistan Indoor Skate Facility, Kabul, Afghanistan
Mahiga High Rainwater Court, Mahiga, Kenya
Homeless World Cup Women and Youth Empowerment Center, Santa Cruz, Brazil
Field of Dreams, Carver High School, New Orleans, United States (part of NOLA GAMECHANGERS)

Read more about Previous Recipients here.