The Agitos Foundation has launched a call for nominations for the I’mPOSSIBLE Award, which will be presented at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony.
The award, which was established by the Agitos Foundation and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and is supported by the Nippon Foundation Paralympic Support Center, will be presented to five recipients that have contributed to a more inclusive world through the Paralympic Movement.
The categories are best host country school, best overseas school (from outside of the host country), excellence host country school; and Paralympian (one female and one male).
The selected recipients must meet specific criteria based on their efforts to bring about a more inclusive world, which is the overall objective of the I’mPOSSIBLE education program, aligned with the IPC’s vision to “make for an inclusive world through Para sport.”
In August 2019, during the one-year-to-go celebrations of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, the I’mPOSSIBLE Award Japan office announced the guidelines for host country schools.
All National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) are invited to nominate one male and/or one female Paralympian for the I’mPOSSIBLE Award via an online nomination form with required documents no later than February 24, 23:59 CET.
The eligible NPCs are Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bhutan, Brazil, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Georgia, Grenada, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Maldives, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Venezuela, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Nominations for all categories will be evaluated by a selection committee in March. The I’mPOSSIBLE Award recipients will be invited to the Closing Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games to receive the prestigious new award on stage. The award-winning Paralympians will be recognized and involved in the program as I’mPOSSIBLE ambassadors for the next four years.
I’mPOSSIBLE was globally launched in December 2017, aiming to promote social inclusion by raising awareness of the Paralympic Movement. It offers teaching resources, lesson plans, worksheets, and inspirational videos to teachers and learners, seeking to change perceptions about people with disabilities and inspire the next generation through the Paralympic values.
As of January, 32 countries have signed agreements to implement the program. In 2019, 77,238 children and 1,204 teachers were reached by I’mPOSSIBLE.
For more information about the Agitos Foundation, visit www.agitosfoundation.org.