Commitment to Action

Team Darfur Commitment

Commitment by

Joey Cheek, President and Founder, Team Darfur

In 2006, Joey Cheek (Olympic speed skater) committed to raise awareness and funds for the people directly affected by the atrocities in Darfur, aiming to end the Darfur crisis by the summer Olympics of 2008.

As of July 2008, Team Darfur has worked to increase awareness by getting extensive media coverage for the commitment, including the front pages of the Times of London, the Wall Street Journal, and the International Herald Tribune, in addition to recruiting nearly 400 athletes from 61 countries to participate in rallies across the world. Also, Team Darfur members Joey Cheek and Tegla Loroupe testified before the US House's Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee's Hearing 'Darfur and the Olympics: A Call for International Action' on June 7, 2007.

At the commitment completion date, Team Darfur successfully drew attention to the relationship between the Chinese and Sudanese governments and to the situation in Darfur, Sudan.

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Commitment

Team Darfur Commitment

Launched

2006

Est. Duration

2 years

Region

Global

Countries

Global

Commitment by

Joey Cheek, President and Founder, Team Darfur

Partner(s)

Save Darfur Coalition, Fenton, American Democracy Institute, Darfur Peace and Development Organization, 16th of May Foundation, Mishcon de Reya, Right To Play International