We made the Top 4 for the Impact100 Grant!

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We are excited to announce that the Sammy D Foundation is in the Top 4 for the Impact100 South Australia grant!

We are one step closer to winning one of two $100,000 grants that will enable us to deliver our “Don’t Let it Be Game Over” program.

This also means that we are one step closer to reaching over 5,000 participants within various junior sporting organisations, and educating both the players and parents about the impact of violence and negative behaviours.


Don't Let it Be Game Over

It is every child’s right to play safely. Unfortunately unrealistic expectations of players, coaches and parents can lead to violence outbursts on and off the field/court. An American study found that 70% of children that play sport, quit by the age of 13 because it stopped being fun.

The Sammy D Foundation offers fee for service violence prevention programs for sporting clubs, however clubs with limited resources face competing funding priorities.

This project will enable us to develop a comprehensive violence prevention in junior sport program with a whole of club approach, educating both players and their parents about the impact of violence and negative behaviours.

70 junior sporting clubs, metro and regional, involving 5000+ players and parents, will benefit from the project.

The program starts with our ‘Impact’ presentation delivered by Neil Davis, the father of Sam who has tragically killed from a one punch assault. Starting with Sam’s story, gives participants an example of the characteristics of violence and the consequences is has on victims, perpetrators, bystanders, families, friends and the broader community.

Players then participate in violence prevention workshops, exploring the impacts of violence and strategies to respond, while parents/coaches participate in ‘Monkey See Monkey Do’ focusing on positive parental role modelling.

Why is this program important?

Every year there are serious sport related violent incidents involving, players, parents and spectators. In SA alone there have been junior players banned for on-field violence, an under 13 netball match was abandoned, and police called, in response to a spectator brawl, and more than 50 cases of verbal abuse and physical assault of referees were reported across one soccer season across all teams.

 UNICEF reports that education, awareness-raising and training are critical to addressing the issue of violence in sport. Parents/guardians consistently emerge as the most significant positive influences on children’s play and sport.

The Sammy D Foundation was born from a violent incident. No one knows better the impact of violence. For 10 years we have been educating young people about the impacts of violence with amazing results. 

 This project will allow us to extend our existing suite of programs to encompass a whole of club approach, tackling this issue from all angles. By educating young people about the impact of violence and providing them with strategies to identify and prevent harm causing behaviours, we can help reduce incidents of violence. Furthermore educating parents about how their behaviour can negatively impact their children, will provide young people with access to positive adult role models.

Anecdotal feedback from participants and their parents demonstrates the reach and transformative nature of Sam’s story:

"...I wanted all my friends to know what we just got to hear about. I started telling one of my friends and before I knew it there was about 10 people listening to me try to explain what you told us, and the stories that we heard." - Emma (student).

"…my 12 year old son told me you had been to talk to them! You have provided an amazing opportunity to talk with my son! You made a huge impact on him and me! From one parent to another, thank you!" – Kristen (parent).


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