Aside from games and tournaments, it also conducts coaches’ forums, community outreach programs, and even hosts TED talks. Coaches and athletes from all over Mindanao gather together to discuss topics centered on Mentor-Leadership, History of the MPG, and the Value of Empowering Women through Sports. The MPG also conducts discussions emphasizing the role of the coach, not only as a sports mentor, but as a teacher in the overall development of his or her athletes as well.
The companionship formed from playing sports and the values learned from other activities allows players to form friendships and connection which, in turn, may pave the way for peacebuilding. Sports transcends across cultural, political, and religious boundaries, and at the same time provides a common platform for a more united Mindanao.
Using sports as a catalyst for peace is not unheard of in the International community. In Jamaica, the Jamaican Red Cross uses sports to strengthen resilience among young people in urban communities with a long history of violence. Similarly, in Rio de Janeiro, The Brazilian Olympic Committee spearheaded the “Community Champions” project, which uses martial arts, sports, and personal and educational programs to realize the potential of young people and coaches in communities affected by crime and violence.
Regardless of race, nationality, or ethnicity, sports is an activity that everyone can relate to. Relationships are at the heart of peacemaking, and the MPG builds on this by using sports to develop supportive relationships in a way that is fun, engaging, and real.