Global Sports Heritage Association (GSHA – /’ɡeeʃə/) promotes sporting culture, history and heritage in various fields, across generations, and around the globe, with equal emphasis on recreational sports and physical activities.
In collaboration with athletes and professionals in the worlds of sports, culture & heritage – and following decades of research and work in heritage and culture fields – GSHA engages with Olympic and non-Olympic international sports organizations; national, regional & international culture, academic & heritage institutions; policy-makers; sporting clubs; regional & global brands; foundations; athletes, historians and artists; as well as fans, among others.
GSHA’s vision is to serve as the unifying global & cross-generational platform for sports, culture, history and heritage.
GSHA is committed to help promote sporting culture, history and heritage at all levels, from grassroots engagement to elite scholarly academic research.
The Mission of GSHA is grounded in the belief that sports are of critical necessity for our emotional, spiritual, physical, communal, and societal well-being. We are equally committed to the idea that “Heritage is always about the future (GSHA).” Together, sports and heritage are instrumental in sustaining a healthy society, and in enhancing peace-building across cultures.
Above all, GSHA serves as a platform that promotes and facilitates knowledge sharing between all engaged players.
The annual Global Sports Heritage Day #GSHD2021 (1st event: February, 22, 2021) mobilizes culture, history and sporting communities around the world to share and celebrate their heritage.
GSHA will organize an FUTURE HERITAGE FORUM on aspects of sports, culture and heritage. The first edition of the FORUM is to be held late in 2021. For more information, follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook.
LEAP program aims to educate and mobilize future generations of athletes and sports lovers to appreciate the practical and implementable values of heritage in their chosen field(s). Leading with programs that engage children (7-14 years) and youth (15-24 years), LEAP’s mission is to create life-long interest in sports heritage for future generations.
Once a year, GSHA will conduct a comprehensive survey that provides up-to-date and practical information on innovative trends, programs, practices, standards and ideas, specific to all stakeholders interested in the myriad aspects sports heritage.
GSHA TV is founded to promote sporting culture, history and heritage in various fields, across generations, and around the globe, with equal emphasis on recreational sports and physical activities.
Coming March 2021, GSHA TV on YouTube will feature “Conversations with” key players in the worlds of sports, culture & heritage – including athletes, writers, agents, scientists, designers, philanthropists, researchers, filmmakers, game-designers, etc.
GSHA MAG features related industry news, information on GSHA programs, educational articles, and textual & video interviews with, and profiles on, key players in the worlds of sports, culture & heritage – including athletes, writers, agents, scientists, designers, philanthropists, researchers, filmmakers, game-designers, etc.
GSHA MAG will also serve as a curatorial platform for films (short and documentary), art and design relating to the intersection of sports, culture and heritage.
GSHA Associates may comprise: 1) Olympic, Paralympics, and non-Olympic International Sports Organizations; 2) National and International Governing Bodies; 3) Sports Clubs; 4) Corporate Sponsors; 5) Athletes; 6) Fan Clubs; 7) Philanthropic Foundations; 8) National Ministries; 9) National & International Heritage Institutions – including Museums, Libraries, Archives and Halls of Fame; as well as 10) Freelance Historians; etc.
GSHA honors UNESCO’s International Charter of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport which is a rights-based reference that orients and supports policy- and decision-making in all aspects of sport.
GSHA’s contribution to the UNESCO Charter is therefore grounded in the belief that advocating for an appreciation of sports heritage gives stakeholders a better understanding of their place in contemporary society. We believe that promoting sports heritage may be regarded as an added tool for cultivating the ability to make informed, strategic decisions toward balancing and optimizing the impact of policy options and priorities at different levels.
We are thrilled that our heritage partner International Museum Workers Day IMWD joined our pledge to honor UNESCO’s International Charter of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport.
We are particularly honored that to mark this occasion, IMWD celebrated the 6th annual IMWD2020, on Thursday, October 22, 2020, with the theme of sports heritage #SportsIMWD, thus joining our commitment to acknowledge that physical education, physical activity and sport form part of humanity’s non-tangible heritage.
In October 2021, in continued support of, and in cooperation with, GSHA, IMWD is dedicating their 7th edition to #DanceIMWD.