PS4L Success Story: Raghad Salim
Michael Johnson Young Leaders (MJYL) was my first foreign experience in Sports for Development. Being nominated by PS4L and selected as one of 10 young leaders around the world and as the first Palestinian was the greatest experience to start off my coaching and sports journey. Four times Gold Olympian champion and eight times world championships gold medalist Michael Johnson, the MJ Performance, Coaches Across Continents, and Beyond Sports team helped develop my community and sports skills that I needed for the goals I had in mind with PS4L, which was to volunteer in training girls sports and life skills, English language skills, and social topics, who come from marginalized areas and disadvantaged backgrounds. I got the opportunity to speak in public crowds and represent Michael at the Beyond Sports Awards forum in New York. From the forum, my connections grew and I met Nick Keller, founder of Beyond Sports, and met him again in his first visit to Palestine invited by PS4L where he watched one of my sessions at Birzeit UNRWA School, where I conducted my sessions for a full school year and in UNRWA Tireh college for girls. Through every institution I learned different aspects and I was able to integrate what I have learned when conducting my own sessions: (1) MJ Performance helped develop me in the sports field; (2) Beyond Sports taught me leadership and public speaking; (3) Coaches Across Continents helped me weekly to develop curriculum for all the schools I coached, and played a crucial part in the way I implemented my sessions in event. (4) PS4L supported me with setting up the program, networks, curriculum, tools, ongoing training.
Becoming a Michael Johnson Ambassador is an honor as I get to represent a great champion and to continue his legacy. 'Always Be Improving' is Michael's life motto, and that's what I will carry and strive for as a Michael Johnson Ambassador, by always giving back to the community.