Hope Sports is devoted to a two-pronged mission:
To engage professional athletes in community service, providing them with an opportunity to connect meaningfully to a world beyond their athletic career.
To build homes for low-income families in Baja California. Their program joins its two major themes by bringing together teams of active and recently retired professional athletes who provide the manual labor to build homes for the poor. Through their collective efforts, individual athletes and sports teams collaborate on projects that inspire them live with a greater purpose and heart of service.
They bring athletes together for a shared purpose over the course of one weekend. Their trips are perfect for teams looking to deepen relationships and enhance communications.
They help athletes live purpose driven lives and to be people who leave a legacy and make a difference in the world. They encourage purpose-based identity.
In one weekend athletes will build a home for a family in need and forever be impacted. In giving hope to others, athletes receive more than they give.
Hope Sports builds homes to provide immediate impacts in six areas:
Throughout Latin America, the typical cost of a home is 5.4 times higher than working families’ average wages and 30% of all families live in dwelling crudely constructed from scrap materials, plastic and rubbish.
A child without a home is three times more likely not to attend school with direct consequences for future employability and self-reliance. The poorest children are, tragically, practically predestined to repeat the cycle of poverty into which they are born.
Homeless children are twice as likely to suffer from asthma and other chronic health conditions. Simply moving from dirt to a concrete floor reduces the rate of chronic childhood diarrhea by 43%.
Children without shelter suffer anxiety, depression, social withdrawal and a variety of accompanying mental health issues at vastly higher rates than the norm. Homeless children are twice as likely to experience persistent hunger and four times as likely to have delayed development. These and other issues affect homeless children’s ability to form and keep peer relationships and also prevent those children’s integration into mainstream society.
Homeless children have higher rates of self-harm and exhibit difficulty forming trusting relationships with adults and with other children. The real impact of a childhood without adequate shelter and personal security is manifest in emotional complications that can last a lifetime.
Families struggling to keep their children safe, warm and dry at night have little opportunity to prepare for or invest in a brighter future. Providing adequate housing for a family allows its adults to seek and retain better employment and provide greater long-term support for themselves and their children.