24 episodes

On The Long Game, we highlight stories of courage and conviction on and off the field. From athletes who are breaking barriers for women and girls to a Syrian refugee swimmer who overcame the odds to compete at the Paralympics, The Long Game examines the power of sport to change the world for the better. The Long Game is hosted by Olympic medalist and change agent Ibtihaj Muhammad as she guides the series around the globe to meet athletes who are fighting for change.
 
 
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The Long Game: Sports Stories of Courage and Conviction Foreign Policy

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    • 4.9 • 12 Ratings

On The Long Game, we highlight stories of courage and conviction on and off the field. From athletes who are breaking barriers for women and girls to a Syrian refugee swimmer who overcame the odds to compete at the Paralympics, The Long Game examines the power of sport to change the world for the better. The Long Game is hosted by Olympic medalist and change agent Ibtihaj Muhammad as she guides the series around the globe to meet athletes who are fighting for change.
 
 
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    Boxing Provides a Path out of Poverty for Girls in Pakistan

    Boxing Provides a Path out of Poverty for Girls in Pakistan

    Aliya Soomro was not yet ten years old when she heard that a boxing coach near her home was training young girls. Aliya lives in Lyari, a densely populated neighborhood in Karachi, Pakistan known for gang violence and dangerous streets. When she heard about this gym, where she could learn to box, Aliya jumped at the chance. And while her conservative family and community were concerned at first, boxing soon proved to be a path out of poverty for Aliya. Now, other young girls in Lyari are getting the chance to follow their athletic dreams. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 24 min
    Football Opens Path to Reconciliation

    Football Opens Path to Reconciliation

    Eric Murangwa Eugene was a 19-year-old goalkeeper for Rwanda’s most beloved football team when the 1994 Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsis began. On the first day of the genocide, soldiers came to Eric’s house, looking for enemies of the state. But one of the soldiers saw an album filled with photos of his time with the team, and Eric was saved. Eric spent much of the genocide in hiding, helped by his teammates and supporters of his football club, many of them Hutus. Today, Eric is the founder of an organization called Football for Hope, Peace and Unity. It uses football as a tool to promote tolerance, unity and reconciliation among Rwandan youth in order to prevent tragedies like the 1994 genocide from ever happening again. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 32 min
    TIBU Africa Changes Lives Through Sports

    TIBU Africa Changes Lives Through Sports

    Earlier this year, Ibtihaj Muhammad traveled to Morocco to meet with 18 young sports entrepreneurs living and working in North Africa. The program is called “My Sport, My Future,” and it’s run by an organization called TIBU Africa. TIBU was founded in 2010 by former Morocco national basketball team player Mohamed Amine Zariat. It started as a program that used basketball to connect with underprivileged youth, but it’s grown to be much more than that. To date, TIBU has served more than 250,000 people including girls in rural areas, kids with motion disabilities, migrants, refugees, youth and women. Now, Amine is hoping to inspire others to use sport as an agent for change in all of Africa. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 24 min
    Athletes Join the Fight for Women's Rights in Iran

    Athletes Join the Fight for Women's Rights in Iran

    At first glance, the protests in Iran might not seem like a sports story. But in the lead up to the Qatar World Cup, there were calls to bar Iran from the tournament altogether, over the government’s treatment of women. Women in Iran have more rights than women in a place like Afghanistan. They have access to education. They can vote. They can be elected to Parliament. But they can’t choose whether or not to wear the hijab. And until recently, they couldn’t attend sporting events in person. That’s how sports and women’s rights came to be intertwined in Iran. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 31 min
    Biking Through the Pain of War

    Biking Through the Pain of War

    In 2015, Rebecca Rusch and Huyen Nguyen set out to bike 1,200 miles of the Ho Chi Minh Trail as strangers from once-opposing countries. They two cyclists navigated the infamous trail through Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, carrying the weight of their personal connections to the land. The journey challenged not only their physical capabilities, but their notions of war, pride, sorrow, and loss. Rusch planned the ride in honor of her father who died in 1972 while flying a fighter jet over Laos. Rusch was three years old when her father died. Nguyen helped Rusch through the sometimes dangerous terrain, carrying her own personal stories of the war. What did they face, head on, as they rode together? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    • 29 min
    A Soccer Star Gives Back to Sierra Leone

    A Soccer Star Gives Back to Sierra Leone

    When Michael Lahoud was 6 years old, he fled civil war in Sierra Leone and came to the United States. He felt scared and alone. But with help from his favorite sport—soccer—Lahoud was able to make friends, find a community, and earn a college scholarship. Years later, while playing professionally in the United States, Lahoud was approached by a stranger who asked him, “How would you like to change the world?” For Lahoud, the answer was simple. He decided to build a school in Sierra Leone and use his platform as a professional soccer player to make sure that what happened in his home country never happens again.
    For more information on how to support schools in Sierra Leone visit Schools for Salone.
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Guapa19 ,

So many inspiring stories

I love hearing how these athletes see themselves and the world! This show debunks stereotypes and gives a space for these valuable voices to speak! Love this!keep them coming!

MoscowBureau ,

What a great podcast!

This is a really interesting look at a variety of athletes and the important activism they do off the field. And thank you Ibtihaj Muhammad!

Skibbereen16 ,

Inspiring stories

This podcast is a breath of fresh air. It makes sports fun, interesting and accessible even to someone like me who is not a sports fan! I particularly liked the Pakistan/cricket episode — truly amazing how sports can transcend entrenched political issues and bring people together. Gives me hope!

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