Rory Foundation Partnership

Rory McIlroy’s charitable foundation, the Rory Foundation, is delighted to announce it is partnering with Sport Changes Life to further each organization's mission - helping children and young people live better lives and improving opportunities.

The Rory Foundation has donated £120,000 and this will go towards sponsoring Victory Scholars, who are carefully selected primarily from US colleges. The Victory Scholars will get to experience a life-changing year in Ireland whilst studying at a Post Graduate level at partner universities throughout Ireland from September 2016 until May 2017. As part of the scholarship, the Victory Scholars will also undertake community work.

Sport Changes Life, which was founded in partnership with Ulster University, seeks to raise the aspirations of young people through sporting excellence, vocational and academic achievement and personal development. Through its Victory Scholar Program, Sport Changes Life provides scholarships to accomplished student-athletes who will act as sport mentors to help build self-confidence and inspire, improve life skills and empower youth to use sport as the catalyst to drive change in their lives.

Gareth Maguire,

CEO and Co-Founder of Sport Changes Life

“Partnering with the Rory Foundation, and having the encouragement of a globally admired role model like Rory, will fundamentally benefit the ambitious work being done by Sport Changes Life. It will undoubtedly increase the awareness, understanding and recognition of the work we do. Rory is an incredible role model with special parents who have sacrificed so much to allow Rory to achieve. It is our mission to help and support young people who just don’t have that support and help them achieve at whatever level

We are particularly pleased that Rory has committed to providing direct support for the Victory Scholar Program as it is key to the success of our work. With his support we will be offering post graduate education to 15 fortunate scholars to be selected to our 2016/17 class. These scholars help us support the young lives we aim to change. With the support of the Rory Foundation, we hope to expand our reach, attract more investment, and continue our core mission of fostering hope, purpose and optimism in the children in our society who need it most.”

There have been 76 Victory Scholars in total since the Sport Changes Life Victory Scholar Program was piloted with its founding partner Ulster University in 2008.

Since then the Victory Scholar Program has grown in partnership with ten universities across the island of Ireland; Founding Partner Ulster University, National University of Ireland Galway, Trinity College Dublin, IT Carlow, Waterford IT, Maynooth University, Dublin City University, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Limerick IT and Cork IT. These university partners are key to the community outreach in which we embed our Victory Scholars positive influences within the communities they work in, all while using the skills and knowledge they have gained through their life experiences all while continuing to play the sport they love.

Deirdre Brennan, Professor of Physical Education and Sport at Ulster University and co-founder of Sport Changes Life “Ulster University, for the first time ever, has developed in partnership with Sport Changes Life and the Rory Foundation the opportunity for Golf Victory Scholars to be accepted into the academic class of 2016-17 Victory Scholar Program. The program will bring student athlete golfers from universities in the United States to study at Ulster University while working in the local communities to help raise the aspirations of young people in our local communities. As part of this the Golf Victory Scholars will have opportunities to represent the University and access to the University’s state-of-the-art golf biomechanics lab, specialist sports performance expertise and mentoring. Our inaugural golf Victory Scholars will no doubt thrive both on and off the golf course.”

Deirdre Brennan
Professor of Physical Education and Sport at Ulster University and Co-Founder of Sport Changes Life

The Rory Foundation was established in 2013 to offer support to charities with a special meaning and purpose for Rory. Since its creation, the Rory Foundation has provided generous support to charities such as the Cancer Fund for Children and Mencap NI

Rory said: “I’m delighted that my Foundation is able to support children and young adults through the Sport Changes Life Program. It’s great that the program’s Victory Scholars come to Ireland to develop their skills while assisting local community outreach initiatives.”

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