The Rory Foundation to partner with Sport Changes Life

Rory McIlroy’s charitable foundation, the Rory Foundation, is delighted to announce it is partnering with Sport Changes Life to further each organization’s mission – helping children and young people live better lives and improving opportunities.

The Rory Foundation has donated £120,000 and this will go towards sponsoring Victory Scholars, who are carefully selected primarily from US colleges. The Victory Scholars will get to experience a life-changing year in Ireland whilst studying at a Post Graduate level at partner universities throughout Ireland from September 2016 until May 2017. As part of the scholarship, the Victory Scholars will also undertake community work.

Sport Changes Life, which was founded in partnership with Ulster University, seeks to raise the aspirations of young people through sporting excellence, vocational and academic achievement and personal development. Through its Victory Scholar program, Sport Changes Life provides scholarships to accomplished student-athletes who will act as sport mentors to help build self-confidence and inspire, improve life skills and empower youth to use sport as the catalyst to drive change in their lives.

Gareth Maguire, CEO and Co-Founder of Sport Changes Life, said;

“Partnering with the Rory Foundation, and having the encouragement of a globally admired role model like Rory, will fundamentally benefit the ambitious work being done by Sport Changes Life. It will undoubtedly increase the awareness, understanding and recognition of the work we do. Rory is an incredible role model with special parents who have sacrificed so much to allow Rory to achieve. It is our mission to help and support young people who just don’t have that support and help them achieve at whatever level. We are particularly pleased that Rory has committed to providing direct support for the Victory Scholar program as it is key to the success of our work. With his support we will be offering post graduate education to 15 fortunate scholars to be selected to our 2016/17 class. These scholars help us support the young lives we aim to change. With the support of the Rory Foundation, we hope to expand our reach, attract more investment, and continue our core mission of fostering hope, purpose and optimism in the children in our society who need it most.”

There have been 55 Victory Scholars in total since the Sport Changes Life Victory Scholar programme was piloted with its founding partner Ulster University in 2008. Since then the Victory Scholar programme has grown in partnership with six universities across the island; Ulster University, National University of Ireland Galway, The University of Limerick, Trinity College Dublin, IT Carlow and Waterford IT. These university partners are key to the community outreach of the Victory Scholars who embed their positive influences within the communities they work in, all while using the skills and knowledge they have gained through their life experiences all while continuing to play the sport they love.

The Rory Foundation was established in 2013 to offer support to charities with a special meaning and purpose for Rory. Since its creation, the Rory Foundation has provided generous support to charities such as the Cancer Fund for Children and Mencap NI.

Rory said:

I’m delighted that my Foundation is able to support children and young adults through the Sport Changes Life programme. It’s great that the programme’s Victory Scholars come to Ireland to develop their skills while assisting local community outreach initiatives.

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