On Thursday 6 April, International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) Secretary General Maureen Orchard attended the inauguration of the We Play Together photo exhibition to mark the fourth celebration of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace at the United Nations offices in Geneva, Switzerland.
The photo exhibition, organised by the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), commemorates the day and builds on its online campaign #WePlayTogether. It showcases the power of sport as a tool to promote peace, unity and inclusion through selected pictures from the campaign.
IWBF Secretary General, Maureen Orchard, was part of the presentation party alongside distinguished representatives from the United Nations (UN) and the Group of Friends of Sport for Development and Peace.
“I was honoured to be asked to speak at the inauguration of the We Play Together photo exhibition. The campaign represents the power of sport to promote peace, unity and inclusion, reflecting some of the core elements of wheelchair basketball as a sport,” Orchard said. “One of the main objectives for IWBF is to use sport to make people’s lives better and the UNOSDP’s We Play Together campaign is really important to highlight how much influence sport can have on individuals and communities.
“I was delighted to be able to share how IWBF uses sport to provide opportunities for women and men of all ages with physical disabilities to gain self-confidence, fitness and an awareness of their abilities.
“IWBF is committed to working with the UN to help spread the word – sport can be used to promote integration, to show ability where it was not seen before and to promote peace.”
Full story can be found on IWBF’s website.