Giving back and using the power of sport to do something larger than you and to create a positive impact to society is an important element in Muaythai.
Muaythai is involved in many charity projects: Muaythai Against Drugs is going from strong to stronger after 17 years, Sport Is Your Gang which is winner of the Spirit of Sport award is now established in over 50 countries while the involvement with UN Women has gone far beyond muaythai as last month 23 recognised AIMS member federation signed the pledge.
But it’s the small events which contribute direct to the local community and the money raised in these events is relatively small but the awareness has a huge impact.
Just last weekend an event in Darlington raised £2,712.12 where kids and adults matches have been held by the United Kingdom Muaythai Federation as a charity event for St. Teresa’s hospice, which cares for people who struggle with cancer.
The event also found a high interest from many patrons with the Middlesbrough football club (English Championship division) being one of them.
At the same time in Bangkok $5,000 was donated to the SATI project in cooperation between Elite Boxing and WMC.
The campaign was aimed at empowering women and protecting vulnerable girls. To kick-start the Muay Ying campaign, Elite Boxing is donating 25% of ticket revenues from the EFN Champions League event at Asiatique on September 26 to support female charities under the supervision and guidance of SATI.
These are a few examples how athletes contribute to a good cause under the motto Do Good Feel Good.