Annual Sports Festival “Hope”

The 12th Annual Children’s Sports Festival “Hope” will take place on May 16, 2006 at the Small Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex.

HOPE worldwide – Moscow has organized this event in cooperation with the Moscow Government, the Moscow Department of Education, and UNICEF.


Approximately 5,000 children from 110 different Moscow orphanages will take part in the Festival.

Over 1,000 volunteers will participate and help to organize the event.

The Sports Festival is the largest annual event of its kind in Russia.

The purpose of the program is to provide underprivileged children with a fun, competitive, and exciting atmosphere in which they can learn to love sports, cooperate with other children, to build unity amongst the children from different orphanages, and to give orphans an opportunity to create new and lasting friendships with the volunteers and other orphans. The Annual Sports Festival is the event of the year for over 5,000 children in Moscow.

Small Sports Arena of Olympic Sport Complex “Luzhniki”, Savvinskaya river side entrance

Tuesday, 16 May 2006

10:00 – 11:00 Children arrival, guests’ registration (Sector A-1);
11:00 – 12:00 Grand opening of the Festival;
12:15 – 14:30 Sports competitions, group contest, different games, lunch;
14:45 – 15:30 The Concert (performed by popular Russian pop-stars UMA2RMAH; SMASH!! )
15:30 – 16:00 The Award Ceremony (Sports “stars” participate: Football Club CSKA – UEFA CUP winner – 2005 and others)
16:00 – 17:00 The Concert (II part) that is performed by popular Russian pop-stars

General sponsor:
Danone Industria

The final list of sponsors will be presented May 16, 2006 (during guest registration)

News release

HOPE Unifies Generations

On the eve of Victory Day, the HOPE Old Friends’ Home organized a holiday for the elderly and for veterans of World War II.

Festive tea-drinking, party favors, bingo, gifts and prizes created a fiery atmosphere in the Old Friends’ Home last Victory Day. And there was an added surprise: a trip to one of the orphanages that HOPE supports. Three buses brought everyone to the orphanage, where the children prepared a wonderful concert devoted to the veterans of Victory Day. Children recited poetry, danced and sang songs about the war. The veterans joined in the singing and all were touched to see tears on the veterans’ cheeks.

At the end of the presentation we held a moment of silence in memory of those veterans who didn’t survive the war.
After the concert the children and veterans had a great time of fellowship together, during which two vastly different generations were drawn inexorably together.