The theme for 2018 is “A Time to Learn,” which aligns with education, one of the development goals as well as one of Laureus Sport for Good’s six focus areas. “The thoughtful and fun entries we received really highlight the different perceptions young people have of learning, as well as demonstrating the importance they place on spending time with their friends,” Sean Fitzpatrick, Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy said.
Last year, 11-year-old Ana Claudia from Brazil won for her artistic interpretation of the theme “Time to Be Healthy.” This year’s finalists hail from Sri Lanka, Uganda and Brazil. To light their creative spark and help contestants engage with the theme, group discussions were held in the participating organizations. The young people talked with each other about the importance of school and sport, and how both effect their self confidence. Teamwork and goal setting were also topics of conversation.
A jury of representatives from Laureus and IWC selected three top entries out of 400 submitted drawings. The finalists are now live on Laureus’ website, where you can vote for your favorite until July 12th. The winner will receive a special prize from IWC, while their organization will receive a donation and a visit from a Laureus Academy member or an ambassador. In 2017, Olympic gold medalist and Laureus Academy Member Li Xiaoping visited the 2016 drawing competition winner Hou Ye and his schoolmates at the Shanghai Jingan Qihui Special Education School for a fun filled day of sports, games and conversation.