The 2020 Olympic closing ceremony on August 8th marked the end of an eventful and historic Olympics. As a fan of the Olympic games and working with international nonprofits worldwide, these games were close to our hearts. We celebrated the wins, the failures, and all the in-between because each athlete overcame adversity to be there. After a year and a half that hit us all so hard, we could all use a little inspiration brought to you by Tokyo 2020. While the children in our partner organizations may or may not become Olympians, they often see athletes as inspiration. To our children and their birth countries, these athletes represent perseverance through this last year. As our partner organizations worldwide celebrate their country’s Olympic successes, we wanted to highlight a few that stood out to us.
Partners in Kenya: The 410 Bridge, Glory Outreach Assembly, Children’s Garden Home, Mully Children’s Family, Seeds of Hope Children’s Outreach, and Heal Raising Our World Foundation
Kenya brought home a total of 10 medals to finish 25th in the medal race. To add to Kenyan athletes’ multiple outstanding athletic performances, Faith Kipyegon became the first woman to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals since 1980.
Partner in Belarus: Youth Reach International
By the end of the games, Belarus earned 7 Olympic medals, with the only gold medal going to Ivan Litvinonivch in the Men’s trampolining. Ivan also earned Belarus their first medal in the 2020 Olympic games.
Partner Working in Uganda: The 410 Bridge
Ugandan athletes showed an outstanding Olympic performance earning them four medals in Tokyo. Peruth Chemutai, a Ugandan steeplechase runner who won gold in the women’s 3000 meters steeplechase, is one of these outstanding athletes. Peruth became the first Ugandan woman to win an Olympic medal.
Each of these athletes overcame hardship to become an inspiration to all children in their home countries. You, too, can become an inspiration to an international child. If you are interested in sponsoring a child overseas, click here