Empowering children through sport.

Kirsty Coventry Trust (ZW) A Project of K | KBFUS Funds

Dream. Believe. Persevere.

HEROES is a community-based program that leverages the power of sport as an effective method for tackling critical issues in low-income areas of Zimbabwe. We create a safe and fun environment where children can learn life skills through sport skills.


In 2013, before her last Olympic Games, Kirsty Coventry and Tyrone Seward toured all 10 provinces of Zimbabwe to "Inspire our Youth to become their own Heroes". They spoke to over 15,000 children with the primary goal of giving them hope and inspiration. Their secondary goal was to learn more about these communities to find out how they could leverage the power of sports to benefit Zimbabwean children and their families.

They learned that drowning rates in Zimbabwe had been increasing and water-safety and drowning prevention became their focus. The Kirsty Coventry Academy was launched that year and a pilot project (funded by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation) was implemented in 2015 to focus on providing swimming lessons and water-safety messages in a targeted low-income area. This pilot project and further research and planning showed other critical issues where sport could have an impact in these communities, such as, children who cannot afford school fees, teen pregnancies, child marriages, drug and alcohol abuse, and gender-based violence.

Whilst travelling to these communities to inspire children to become their own Heroes, Kirsty and Tyrone were in turn inspired by the children they met. They decided to develop the HEROES initiative to: save lives through drowning prevention, empower individuals through education and training, and uplift communities by providing safe centres to play sport. HEROES creates an impact by providing and nurturing:
  • Health through physical activities
  • Education from skills development and scholarships
  • Respect, Friendship and Excellence (Olympic values)
  • Opportunities for talent identification, making new friends and simply having fun in a positive environment
  • Equality for all with zero discrimination, through Sport

Alternative ways to give:

Alternative ways to give:

For gifts by check: Address your check to KBFUS, write "KCT - HEROES US Fund" in the memo section of the check, and send it to KBFUS, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020.

Gifts by wire transfer or to contribute other types of property: Email KBFUS at: info@kbfus.org or phone (212) 713 7660.