How a Small Startup and Major League Sports Teams are Collaborating to Make the World a Better Place
A piece from SportsHosts CEO and Founder, Darren Walls
What a difference it makes when you are inspired by what you do. And luckily enough I have had a long list of jobs that have been inspiring in their own ways, from working at Zoos Victoria, traveling the world to learn how to build a $60m ice sports complex in Australia, to rebranding of a ski resort and many other cool thing....but I have to say, SportsHosts has taken inspiration to a new level.
And it’s not just because the work is fun, it is, but it is also because of what we are doing we believe in from the bottom of our souls. We believe sports breaks social boundaries, and it doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from, who you love, your race, religion, anything we all can come together through sports.
Cheering is a universal language.
We all cheer with one voice. And to think with over 3.5 million sports fans in the world we can connect through SportsHosts on a personal level globally. While SportsHosts is still small, it gives me goosebumps just thinking about how lucky we are to be part of creating this awesome global community.
We are not doing it alone of course! The SportsHosts community that has started to swell full of sports fans and travellers have realized quickly that the world would be a better place if we go together, cheer together, and get to know each other better.
But most importantly, it has been our world-leading Major League Team partners that have embraced the momentum of becoming welcoming and inclusive clubs for everyone by creating the first-ever Welcome Games.
What is a Welcome Game? Firstly it is not our idea; it is the brainchild of the Melbourne Football Club (MFC). This year is their 3rd Welcome game on March 23, 2019, and we will be there with them to tangibly welcome new fans into their club. The Welcome Game is an inclusive event that promotes a message of welcoming everyone to the Melbourne Football Club. As the club said in 2017, Whether you were born here or born overseas – our game welcomes you. Whatever your religion – our game welcomes you. Whatever your gender or whoever you love –we welcome you! And to celebrate the club creates a fantastic event to welcome first-timers.
MFC inspired us to take this idea global and collaborate with our inspirational team partners by creating Welcome Games in New York and San Francisco too!
When you can create an atmosphere that brings in new fans from all over the world in the most warm and inclusive way - it couldn't bring SportsHosts more to life! It's an exciting time at this small startup and let me say, the inspiration as never been higher!
Want to join the SportsHost community and be hosted be a local? Connect with local fans to experience a GameDay!- Find a GameDay
Do you think you would make a great Host? Share your passion for your team by hosting a GameDay with us!- Create a GameDay
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