Courts for Change offers a unique learning opportunity for Carleton students to engage with the local community in Longido, Tanzania. Carleton varsity athletes will spearhead this project, which focuses on the health and wellness of youth within the community. Activities will include construction of multi-sport courts at the local primary school and high school, coaching education, and other activities to support youth recreation in the district. The court infrastructure is being designed in partnership with the School of Industrial Design at Carleton and will be constructed at low cost with local materials. The athletes will also work one-on-one with local high school students to help them complete their senior research project. This unique experience will challenge Carleton athletes to apply their leadership and teamwork skills in a creative way, reaching beyond the Carleton community.

The Background

Our goal is to build recreational infrastructure in the community of Longido that will support an environment in which organized sports will thrive. Currently there are no useable courts in the Longido area. Recreational physical activity has been identified as a current priority by the District. Local school teachers are also in need of coaching skills, and Carleton athletes will run coaching clinics for these individuals.

The Rollout

We have set the goal of raising $50,000 for this project. This will provide our group with the means to fund this year’s project, and lay a strong foundation for continuation of the project in coming years.

The Impact

Courts for Change will have positive benefits on the community of Longido through the increased developmental and community building aspects of sport, creating a space where the opportunities for play can thrive. It will build a foundation for future years to continue working with the people of Longido to help address their community’s priorities.

Courts for Change will provide the participating student athletes with an opportunity to engage in creative problem solving in a cross-cultural context. It will give them the opportunity to share their knowledge of sport in a new setting, developing skills they will carry with them into their careers. The challenges of this project and the transformative changes it will make in students’ lives will also have a positive impact on Carleton University athletics, by bringing together the community of athletes, alumni and coaches in a common cause.

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