Support from donors and volunteers makes sport inclusivity and accessibility possible.
Your support means that the 3% of the world with an intellectual impairment has a chance to pursue their athletic dreams.
Virtus works tirelessly to create an inclusive sporting environment for athletes with intellectual impairment. This includes funding equipment, training kits, eligibility and competition costs for disadvantaged athletes.
Virtus believes that everyone should be given a fair chance to pursue their goals and reach their full potential. By donating to Virtus, you’re giving a young athlete the opportunity to follow their dreams all the way to the Paralympics.
UN Sustainable Goals for Humanity
In 2015, the United Nations created a blueprint for peace and prosperity worldwide, creating a brighter future for the world and everyone in it.
Inclusivity and community is at the heart of Virtus and our projects. As part of our future, we have committed to 8 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Ways To Get Involved
Global Giving – Supporting Champions Project
The ‘Global Giving’ project is at the core of Virtus’ work. Donations go directly towards making equipment and training kits accessible to upwards of 500,000 athletes, as well as funding their competition costs and eligibility processes.
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, ‘Global Giving’ also allows Virtus to provide alternative virtual and technology-based programmes to affected athletes.
This support gives talented athletes the means to become champions on the national, international, and Paralympic stage.
All donations are appreciated, no matter how large or how small.
Social Media Birthday Fundraisers
Why not use your birthday as an opportunity to help others? Make a Facebook fundraiser to help contribute to Virtus athletes!
How do I make a birthday fundraiser?
- Go to https://www.facebook.com/fund/SportVirtus/ , or click the fundraiser icon in your profile page menu.
- Select Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport as your charity
- Enter the amount you want to raise
- Tell your story!
- Pick a cover photo
Congratulations! You have a birthday fundraiser ready to go! Invite your friends to donate, and tag us using #VirtusBdayImpact.
Volunteering in one of our Global Games or taking part in a sponsored event is the perfect way to get involved with Virtus!
Virtus will provide support wherever possible, including guides, support packages, training tips, and links to online resources!
Achieving joint goals
In spite of our individual good intentions we all know that getting fit, training for an event or the weekly visit to the gym can quickly become a chore and easily fall by the wayside like a New Year resolution! Unless there is a good reason to keep up the schedule, that is.
Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport can give you that reason and by getting active and raising sponsorship you can help us to support athletes with an intellectual impairment across the globe.
Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport will support you by giving you a framework and a structure to your programme, giving you aims and objectives by providing:
- A fundraising guide
- Support packages
- Training tips
- Useful online links
We will not sign you up and then leave you to your own devices. We will support you with weekly emails of encouragement and with a question/answer facility. We’ll also provide you with your own t-shirt bearing the Virtus logo and, where possible, someone from Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport will be there to cheer you along on the day!
What to do next?
If you are taking part or thinking about participating in an event and raising money for Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport please:
Give our fundraising team a call on: 0845 600 9890 or email: email@example.com
Thank you for considering leaving a gift to support athletes with an intellectual impairment.
By remembering Virtus in your will, you can help athletes achieve their dreams.
Request more information by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Through sport VIRTUS and its athletes and Partners are changing attitudes, challenging perceptions, and strengthening communities locally and globally
We are looking to build strong connections with key transformational, innovative, and purpose-driven leaders and organisations with energy, ideas and solutions that can elevate humanity, inspire movements, mobilise communities and catalyse positive and transformational change. We work in close collaboration with Global Organisations including but not limited to the IPC, UN, UNESCO and UNHCR to ensure through inclusive sport that no one is left behind and sport as a human right is accessible by everyone in the world
Sport provides a connection to the community and provides meaning and purpose. Active engagement in Sport has a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the individual and supports our commitment to advancing many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Through partnerships, you make an impact from grass roots level of participation to high-level representation at VIRTUS events at Regional and Global levels and at the Paralympic Games.
Benefits of a partnership with Virtus
- Annual Events Program supporting targeted campaigns.
- Winter and Summer High-Performance Sports Program.
- Supporting athletes (and their families) from around the world, in every continent.
- Flexibility to allow geographical segmentation .
- Increase brand visibility through alignment with high performance sport in identified markets.
- Supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals through Sport.
The Opportunity: Virtus is embarking on its 35th year with a focus on increasing brand reputation for the advocacy of inclusive sport for athletes with an intellectual impairment. Help Virtus to ‘Make visible, the invisible’ by highlighting the stories of our athletes and their journey to overcome adversity and discrimination, and because their intellectual impairment is not a visible disability.
As an organisation, our work is driven by three strategic goals;
- Deliver exceptional services.
- Maximise influence and reach.
- Strengthen organisational health.
What we’re looking for:
Creative and energetic people with an interest in bringing stories to life via and helping Virtus members to amplify athlete stories.
What you’ll get:
- A first-hand experience into a Not-for-Profit organisation, that is scaling its business globally.
- An immersion into inclusive sport for humanity and the positive impact of sport.
- Delivering a broad and wide range of tasks and activities.
- Subject to the student’s internship requirements, the Virtus internship is flexible to match the course requirements for the student hours.
To apply submit a cover letter, resume and a portfolio or examples of work that are relevant to the Virtus opportunity to email@example.com
Virtus is the brand name of the International Sports Federation for athletes with intellectual impairment and is a founding member of the International Paralympic Committee. Registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation in the UK (1173901)