In the 1950’s Muzafer Sherif, a social psychologist first described superordinate goals a solution to intergroup conflict. Putting youth from opposing groups on the same basketball team, positioning them towards a common goal has proven space for these youth to break down barriers, begin to heal, and bridge divides.
Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.
– Nelson Mandela