4/4-2017Rufus Gifford joins GAME’s International Advisory Board
It is an international capacity, who is now entering GAME’s newly established advisory board. Former US Ambassador to Denmark and Finance Director for Barack Obama’s presidential re-election campaign in 2012, Rufus Gifford, has chosen to engage in the Danish-based NGO, GAME, which works with social change through youth-led street sports and street culture in at-risk communities. Gifford’s focus will be the organization’s international work.
During his time as Ambassador to Denmark, Gifford has supported GAME and has on several occasions visited GAME’s young volunteer role models, the GAME Playmakers, which the organization trains to activate the asphalt with street sports activities in disadvantaged communities.
– I had many wonderful experiences and met fantastic peoples as Ambassador to Denmark. But I don’t know that any experience was as meaningful to me as being able to look into the eyes of a young person and being able to tell that you are making a difference. That’s how every interaction was with the staff, the Playmakers and the entire community at GAME. I am so glad to be able to continue to work with this inspiring group of people and perhaps help take this concept global, says Rufus Gifford.
International Board of Directors
GAME has worked in vulnerable neighborhoods in Denmark since 2002 and in Lebanon since 2007. The organization is going through rapid growth both in Denmark and internationally, and the ambition is to establish GAME’s methods in eight new countries over the next few years. Therefore the organization has set up an international advisory board to advise and support the organization in the internationalization. Rufus Gifford has chosen to offer his help for the coming two years.
– We are very honored that Rufus Gifford has chosen to enter GAME’s international advisory board. There is no doubt that he can make an important difference in the work of scaling GAME’s methods globally, wherever sports and youth role models can help to drive social change, says Simon Prahm, who is co-founder and CEO of GAME.
Also on GAME’s international advisory board:
Esther Benjamin, Senior Vice President, Global Public Affairs, Laureate International Universities
Amal Merali, Head of Urban Planning and Design at UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Programme)
Anders Monrad Rendtorff, Chairman GAME Danmark, Associate Partner, RelationsPeople
Henrik Skovby, Chairman, Dalberg Global Development Advisors