The Rafa Nadal Foundation, represented by Eunate Gómez, Project Manager, was present at the Sports Sustainability Summit held on October 18 and 19 at the headquarters of the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) in Madrid.

This event marked the IV Sustainability Congress, organized annually by the COE, in collaboration with the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), Santander Spain (the COE’s global partner for sustainability), and with the support of the Higher Sports Council. The primary objective was to present the progress made in the COE’s sustainability strategy to the sports community and its stakeholders.

The Sports Sustainability Summit featured keynote speeches from national and international representatives, roundtable discussions, and workshops focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (#SDGs) and innovative solutions for addressing climate change, such as CO2 and blue carbon emissions capture.

Participants included athletes, corporate representatives, and foundations. Among them were Carla Suarez, COE Ambassador, Patricia García from the world of Rugby, and athletes Adrián Ruiz and Javier Raya, who are part of the IOC Young Leaders program. Jose Antonio Porcela represented the Eusebio Sacristán Foundation, while Aitor Hernández attended on behalf of the Fútbol Más Foundation. Aauri Bokesa, an athlete and the creator of the “DXT para la vida” program, was also in attendance.

Various participatory workshops were conducted, and the Rafa Nadal Foundation was part of a workshop led by Rocío Rivera, an expert in Open Innovation. The purpose of this workshop was to brainstorm and contribute to the roadmap of the Spanish Olympic Committee regarding Social Action. With the input from all participants, a report of conclusions will be generated.

The Sports Sustainability Summit represented a significant step forward in promoting sustainability in the world of sports, and the Rafa Nadal Foundation is proud to have been part of this important event.