IIMSAM - GLOBAL SPORTS FOR PEACE initiative

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CAMP MARADONA® MAKING WINNERS OF KENYAN YOUTH ONCE THOUGHT UNREACHABLE

Como un niño pequeño que fue infligido por la enfermedad del Polio, puedo identificarme con la alegría experimentada y compartida por los jóvenes y las personas con discapacidad cuando hacen realidad sus sueños de jugar al fútbol y salir como un verdadero campeón, no sólo en el juego, pero también en la vida.
[As a little child that was inflicted by Polio, I can empathize with the joy experienced and shared by the young and the disabled when they realize their dreams to play football and come out as a real champion not only in the game but also in life.] - REMIGIO MARADONA

H.E. Ambassador Remigio M. Maradona, Secretary-General-IIMSAM, stated:
I percieve CAMP MARADONA® as a potent tool to initiate grassroots empowerment processes through Football- the most popular sport in the world. The societal participation in the programme manifests the will of the people to incorporate Spirulina in the sustainable development agenda and the inclusion of football as a powerful medium to empower the youth that are the future leaders of the country. The initiatives in the Republic of Kenya are IIMSAM's maiden enterprise and I urge the international community to come forward and support the endeavour of IIMSAM to eradicate malnutrition, achieve food security and bridge the health divide through Spirulina especially in the developing countries; and through CAMP MARADONA® to recognise and utilise the potential of sport not only to empower youth but also to affect a positive change in societies worldwide.

IIMSAM’s Secretary-General H.E. Ambassador Remigio Maradona with Dr. Wilfred Limke, UN Secretary General's Adviser on Sports for Peace and Development

Firmly believing in the principle of partnerships to realize the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the potential of sports in securing peace and development, IIMSAM explored possible avenues of cooperation when its Secretary-General H.E Amb. Remigio M. Maradona met with H.E. Mr. Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, on Friday, the 27th of June 2008. IIMSAM’s CAMP MARADONA Against Malnutrition, Global Sports for Peace and Development programme initiative that has a special priority for the Developing and the Least Developed Countries recognizes the fundamental right of every human being to sports which is essential for the full development of one's personality. IIMSAM's affirmative action programme CAMP MARADONA alongside providing food fortification through Spirulina to counter malnutrition also envisions providing value based education to children and the marginalized and vulnerable through the medium of sports across the globe.

IIMSAM's CAMP MARADONA is an extension of Football4Peace, a programme that was conceptualized and developed by H.E. Amb. Remigio Maradona for WAFUNIF the official Alumni Association of UN System in the year 2001. CAMP MARADONA is endorsed and supported by its goodwill ambassadors from across the world like eminent footballer Diego Maradona, footballer Eric Wynalda and Olympian Peter Rono among others.

At present, the program is focusing on pilot projects located in Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Ghana, Argentina, India, and Vanuatu .


The Camp Maradona Initiative envisions making sport a potent medium to aid towards peace and development and a tool towards better communication, coordination and cooperation to foster closer relationships among the world through sport. It will be a catalyst in organizing, securing, implementing, and assuring all stakeholders- Government, Private Sector, and Civil Society- contacts necessary to implement the Programme worldwide.

The Camp Maradona Initiative is guided and inspired by the spirit of the United Nation's resolutions -

CAMPMARADONA REAFFIRMS & IS GUIDED BY THE UNITED NATIONS RESOLUTION ON SPORTS AND THE OLYMPIC IDEA 

CAMPAMENTO-MARADONA REAFIRMA Y ES GUIADO POR LA RESOLUCION DE NACIONES UNIDAS SOBRE EL DEPORTE Y EL IDEAL OLIMPICO



Sport is a potent medium to bridge divides that is now being increasingly used to aid towards peace and development worldwide


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Staci Wilson meets President Clinton
Olympic Gold Medalist/All-American Soccer Superstar Staci Wilson and Goodwill Ambassador of IIMSAM with a focus supporting the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), IIMSAM's Mandate and CAMPMARADONA©

In the world of sports, an athlete secures a place in history when her team retires the number she wore. Few were surprised when University of North Carolina decided to honor All-America defender Staci Wilson by retiring her #27 jersey in 2001. In fact, it was as sure as a free kick on goal without the goalie present. Wilson is a certified superstar. And her resume is beyond impressive.

Wilson was a two-time Parade magazine All-American in high school. In 1995, Soccer Digest named her co-National College Player of the Year. She is widely considered the toughest defensive player in the history of the college game. At North Carolina, she was a member of three NCAA national championship soccer teams in 1994, '96 and '97. As a senior, in 1997, Soccer America magazine named her "first-team All-America." In 1995 and '96, Wilson played for the U.S. National team and was a member of the gold-medal-winning women's soccer team at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Drafted in 2000 by the Carolina Courage of the WUSA (Women"s United Soccer Association), Wilson played the 2001 season before nagging injuries slowed her professional career.

Born in Livingston, New Jersey, and currently living in Virginia. Staci is committed to devote all her efforts to the work of IIMSAM throughout the world with the help of her wide network of contacts and soccer affiliations to enhance the mandate of IIMSAM in support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals as well as CAMPMARADONA©.


Camp Maradona Initiative Facilitators and Advisers 2012-2014


H.E. Mr. Eric Wynalda

H.E. Mr. Eric Wynalda, IIMSAM’s Goodwill Ambassador from the US is a three-time FIFA World Cup veteran and is USA 's all-time leading scorer with 33 goals. He was instrumental in the US win over world champion Brazil in the finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1998. He is the recipient of the US Soccer's Chevrolet At...
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H.E. Mr. Peter K. Rono

H.E. Mr. Peter K. Rono, IIMSAM’s Goodwill Ambassador from Kenya is a Gold Medalist of the 1500 meter event in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. His experience and leadership skills as an athlete, coach, team organizer, and entrepreneur have given him great insights in areas such as personal management, conflict resolution, te...
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Mr. Joseph Odera Kumba

Born in 1965 in Nakuru. Went through Primary Education at Harambee Khalsa Primary School in Nakuru and later joined Menengai High School in Nakuru Town for High School Education up to A-levels where I captained the school football team to all time victory.

An accountant by profession. I went to Kenya Col...
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Hon’ble Mr. Noel Miller

Hon’ble Mr. Noel Miller, IIMSAM`s Facilitator and Adviser for the Global Sports for Peace and Development Programme Initiative was born in Kingston, Jamaica and later migrated to London, UK. Mr. Miller attended the West Ham College of Technology where he studied Electrical Engineering and Business Management. He move...
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Hon’ble Mr. Roget V. Bryan

Hon’ble Mr. Roget V. Bryan, IIMSAM’s Facilitator for the Global Sports for Peace and Development Programme initiative is an accomplished attorney and business entrepreneur who brings his considerable experience with and knowledge of international sporting institutions to the organisation. Mr. Bryan's life long pass...
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Mr. Yoiseif Baumgarten

Mr. Yoiseif Baumgarten, Advisor and Facilitator for the Global Sports for Peace Initiative, was born in the United States and raised in Argentina. At the age of fifteen he traveled to Israel for one year, then returned to the U.S. to earn his college degree. He then became a Rabbi and spent an extensive amount of time ...
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