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26/3-2021Volunteers of the Year in GAME 2020

Every year GAME celebrates the importance of our volunteers with the Volunteer of the Year Award.

This year the local GAME Programs have highlighted the following volunteers as the role models deserving extra appreciation for their support to the GAME mission:

Nuradin Mawlid Abdi, Volunteer of the Year in GAME, Somaliland
Katumi Ayuba, Volunteer of the Year, GAME in Ghana
Daniel Filbert, Volunteer of the Year, GAME House Aalborg
Iris Hrustanovic, Volunteer of the Year, GAME House Copenhagen
Zahra Mamend, Volunteer of the Year, GAME House Esbjerg
Batoul Nemer, Volunteer of the Year, GAME Lebanon
Mariam Radwan, Volunteer of the Year, GAME Jordan
Paw Soelberg, Volunteer of the Year, GAME House Viborg
Linnea Augusta Rosenstand Stæhr, Volunteer of the year, GAME Denmark
Anders Vesterbæk, Volunteer of the Year, ‘Friendships on Asphalt’, GAME Denmark

Among all the Volunteers of the Year chosen in all the local programs, one volunteer is awarded Volunteer of the Year in GAME. This year we are proud to announce Batoul Nemer, Playmaker in GAME Lebanon.

MOTIVATIONS

Batoul Nemer, Volunteer of the Year, GAME Lebanon
Batoul is 20 years old and has been active in GAME for 5 years, first as a Playmaker and later as a GAME Zone Manager.

Batoul is always involved in GAME activities with much enthusiasm and commitment. She has showed great leadership skills while being a Zone Manager always inspiring and encouraging her fellow Playmakers to participate in every GAME event.

This was something she was able to apply after the explosion in Beirut in August of 2020. Batoul was eager to participate in the response. So much, she actually led a group from her neighborhood and the nearby GAME Zones in the clean-up of the damaged city. She made sure everyone stayed safe and guided the group in how they could help on the ground in the best way possible.

Batoul is a hardworking and dedicated volunteer. She showed impressive abilities and commitment even through the hardest of situations where she showed leadership skills and the ability to motivate other people. Something that always inspires other Playmakers.

Nuradin Mawlid Abdi, Volunteer of the Year in GAME, Somaliland
Nuradin is a senior Playmaker that our junior and new Playmakers look up to. He took part in the last two Playmaker Camps as a trainer, preparing the new Playmakers – and in which he plays a big part through identifying the ideal GAME SCORE Playmaker.

Nuradin Mawlid, has been a crucial focal point in the critical times of change in Somaliland. He helped the Playmakers in understanding the change and recognized how much GAME matters to the young children. He was responsible for and emphasized that their care is paramount. SCORE and GAME are indebted to Nuradin for showing exemplary leadership during the past 2 years.

Katumi Ayuba, Volunteer of the Year, GAME in Ghana
Katumi takes time off her busy work & school schedules to make time for GAME practices and when practice is ongoing and participants have challenges, she encourages participants & patiently takes them through drills till they get better at it. Aside being a supportive towards the participants, she calls to check in on Playmakers who do not show up for GAME practices.

She has a positive mind set towards everything relating to the Playmakers program. Being the only female Playmaker in her zone, she sets example for other females in the community to look up to her & join in the Playmakers program to push forward the GAME concept whiles encouraging female participation in sports.

Daniel Filbert, Volunteer of the Year, GAME House Aalborg
Besides doing weekly open sessions in the house, Daniel facilitates workshops and competitions at Friday Jams and Street GAMEs, he takes part in the house’s unique volunteer environment and is a big part of GAME House Aalborgs success. Daniel really deserves the title of Volunteer of the Year, not only for his determination to the parkour sessions and community in Aalborg, but also for his own personal accomplishments that he has accomplished through his time as a house volunteer, Playmaker and  instructor for Friendships on Asphalt– his journey and personal change through the last couple of years has been remarkable.

Iris Hrustanovic, Volunteer of the Year, GAME House Copenhagen
Iris started as a volunteer in GAME House Aalborg then moved to Copenhagen for studies where she worked part time as a Junior Coordinator in GAME House Copenhagen. After she graduated she continued as a volunteer helping coordinate events in Copenhagen and later took on the role as volunteer coordinator. She always has a smile on her face and is always willing to help whenever and wherever she can.

She, together with a friend, has recently started up a female basketball organization to encourage more girls to play and create spaces for girls to play basketball.

Zahra Mamend, Volunteer of the Year, GAME House Esbjerg
Zahra started as House volunteer in GAME Streetmekka Esbjerg this summer. She wanted to be a part of the house and to make a difference for children. We talked to her about her interests and she told us, that she was very creative. Therefore, we connected her to our street art-class for children/youngsters. Zahra jumped right in and is now teaching the children every week.

She is also volunteering at our Friday Jams, playing street basketball, drawing, and helping where its needed. She manages to connect with the children in a very special way. Especially the girls are crazy about Zahra – they always run to meet her outside. She is always smiling and her positive mind reflects on everyone on her way. When she is together with the kids, she motivates them to learn new things, she inspires them, she listens to them and she talks to them.
It is a privilege and a pleasure to have Zahra on our team!

Mariam Radwan, Volunteer of the Year, GAME Jordan
Mariam is one of the best since she has firstly joined in 2018. She is passionate about teaching and training children street basketball as it is her favorite sport as well. Mariam likes helping children and supporting them in becoming better version of themselves. She also took responsibility in other areas, taking part of the social media team.

Paw Soelberg, Volunteer of the Year, GAME House Viborg
During summer holidays 2020, GAME House Viborg, launched the ‘GAME On The Road’–tour, visiting 10 smaller towns in the Viborg-region. A rented truck was filled with street sports equipment, such as skater-ramps, basket-hoops, panna-court, skateboards and scooters, SOUNDBOKSes etc., and Paw was helping us with both loading the truck, in the morning, offloading on site, facilitating workshops during the day, loading and offloading the truck again at the end of the afternoon. Paw actually spent most of his summer holiday helping us give the children and youth of the small towns the opportunity to do street sports. Furthermore, he kept facilitating the street football trainings, minimum twice a week in GAME House Viborg, which he have done during the entire year. There is no way GAME Streetmekka Viborg would be the same without Paw.

Linnea Augusta Rosenstand Stæhr, Volunteer of the year, GAME Denmark
Linnea has been an incredible Playmaker during 2020 as she basically has been the vital ‘glue’ that has held the GAME Girl Zone activity in Nørrebro alive. During corona, many things has changed and everything that the Playmakers used to know, was suddenly changed. This sudden and fundamental change to their work has had its marks on the Playmakers, but Linnea always been locked on target, activating the children and keeping in contact with the children and her Playmaker-colleagues – online most of the time.

She is also a Playmaker that is excellent at keeping contact with HQ and keeping us informed about what we can do to help and what the kids in the neighborhood need. With her structural sense, fighter spirit and love for the kids and a true desire to make social change, Linnea has lifted the GAME Girl Zone activity, when it looked dark.

She has showed herself as a true leader by showing the way for the rest of us, and for that she deserves the ‘Volunteer of the Year nomination.

Anders Vesterbæk, Volunteer of the Year, ‘Friendships on Asphalt’, GAME Denmark
In Friendships on Asphalt the volunteers are very important to help the kids feel included, feel seen and to help them grow socially and personally through the parkour and the little community we establish in the trainings in GAME. Anders is so very exemplary in making the kids having a great time in the GAME House, helping them overcome boundaries, making them see their own successes and not be afraid of new challenges. He is not afraid of making a fool of himself – for the sake of the children. He shows that failing is ok and that you can raise again. That has such a great value to the children. Teachers, pedagogues as well as parents and colleagues in GAME admire Anders for his great, great work.