At the Ludvig and Sara Elsass Foundation we devote a great deal of time and energy to volleyball, equestrian sports and boccia – and sport in general – as sport is an important area of activity.
There are many reasons for encouraging children and adolescents with CP to engage in sports, athletics and movement, just like other children and young people. The pleasure of engaging in physical activity and social community are two of the most important benefits.
But there is in fact a much wider spectrum of benefits. When young people take part in sports, they learn more about themselves, and they develop skills and competences that they are certain to be able to apply in other contexts. For these reasons, the Elsass Foundation makes generous donations to individual sportsmen and women, and teams – in a number of different disciplines.
Sport’s positive effects
Sport is healthy for everyone. By engaging in a physical activity, a person with CP can move his or her state of health in a positive direction. The Elsass Foundation funds “Sport for Brains”, a project run by the Helene Elsass Centre. It has a simple purpose, which is to integrate children and adolescents with CP in local sports clubs with able-bodied young people. The young people with CP should be able to engage in their discipline of choice under the same conditions and premises as able-bodied sportsmen and women, even though they need training conditions that are specially adapted to meet their special needs.
The Elsass Foundation provides support for many different disciplines, provided that people with CP are involved. This means that, in the case of team sports, the team must have one or more players with CP, and, of course, in the case of an individual sport, the sportsman or woman must have CP.
The foundation also subsidises disabled sports generally.