6/4-2022Volunteers of the year in GAME 2021

Young volunteers are at the core of GAME’s mission. Every year, GAME celebrates volunteers by awarding one volunteer from every local GAME program the title of ‘Volunteer of the Year’.

The photos below show the powerful young people who have gone the extra mile for the mission of creating lasting social change in their local community. From among all the Volunteers of the Year, one volunteer is chosen as the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ in all of GAME. This year GAME is proud to announce: Khadra Ahmed Abdi from Somaliland as ‘Volunteer of the Year’ in GAME.

22-year-old Khadra started out as a Playmaker in her hometown of Berbera in a girls only street basketball GAME Zone. Within half a year, she became Zone Manager. Khadra’s rise from Playmaker to Zone Manager had a lot to do with her activism for girls in sports in Berbera. She encourages girls to take part in sports – not only in her GAME Zone, but also by promoting sports in schools.

More, Khadra has played an outstanding role in reactivating the GAME Zone in Berbera after it was shut down by the Ministry of Sports following the growing, unfortunate calls to prevent girls’ participation in sports in Somaliland. Together with the GAME and SCORE Initiative staff, Khadra knocked on every door to the authorities to affect their decision. After sitting down with community elders, local authorities, and officials from the Ministry of Sports, the government allowed the girls to come back to the GAME Zone and play street basketball.

“I believe sports teach girls, especially Somali girls, to deal with the challenges that come with life, and this will help us in the future,” says Khadra Ahmed Abdi.

Local ‘Volunteers of the Year’ winners:

-Khadra Ahmed Adbi
GAME Playmaker Program, Somaliland

-Aziz Charaii
GAME Playmaker Program, Tunisia

– Malte Taudal Dalgaard
GAME House Viborg

– Fady Zou el Ghina
GAME Playmaker Program, Lebanon

– Simon Guggisberg
GAME Playmaker Program, Ghana

– Kutaiba Nayef Qasem Jaradat
GAME Playmaker Program, Jordan

– Christian Lynge
Asphalt Meet-Up in Denmark

– Alhama Rashidi
GAME Playmaker Program, Denmark

– Dennis Ngo & Peter Charli Riise
GAME House Aalborg

– Søren Thomsen
GAME House Esbjerg