About The Podcast

Sport for Humanity acts as a cheerleader for the best that sport has to offer. We focus on values found in sport, faith and life itself, which serve to improve peoples’ lives. 

The Live Like You Play podcast is a chance to speak to those who are playing that game – from athletes and coaches, to CEOs; and from faith leaders around the world.  It’s a great chance to get some inside track on a world we find so fascinating and invaluable.

Equally, it’s an opportunity to hear what pushes people to use sport in order to improve the lives of those who often feel – and are – excluded.  

The Live Like You Play podcast is now available on Audioboom, Apple podcast, Spotify, Deezer, Podcast Addict, Podchaser and Radio Public.  More distribution channels to come!

All Episodes

Episode 6

Grit and Obsession: An Elite Athlete’s Journey - from helping himself, to helping others (Guest: Steve Mesler)

With the 2021 Tokyo Olympics set to begin next month, David Eades chats with Olympic gold medallist and World Champion bobsledder Steve Mesler. Steve shares his unique insight into the psyche of an elite athlete striving for the top, reaching the pinnacle and then coming to terms with the fulfilment of a dream.

He also explains how he channelled that intensity into “Classroom Champions”, an award-winning initiative that connects star athletes to school children to improve their desire to learn, to find inspiration and to do well at school.

Episode 5

Wrestling with the Past (with David Grevemberg, Centre for Sport & Human Rights)

“You can’t change your past, but you can learn from it and change your future.” In this episode, David Eades speaks with David Grevemberg for a journey stretching back to the 1700’s, and a family legacy tied to slavery and white supremacy. But it is also a story of sporting success and failure, the power of sport to help in a healing process, and how Sport can mean Enlightenment on many different levels.

A former competitive wrestler turned sport administrator, David Grevemberg is Chief Innovation and Partnerships Officer at the Centre for Sport & Human Rights.  Prior to this, he served as Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation; Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee; Executive Director of Sport and International Federation Relations for the International Paralympic Committee.

Episode 4

Just Gerald (Gerald Mballe's Story)

Live Like You Play is a podcast that reveals the humanity in sport and the role that sport plays in one’s faith. In episode 4, David is joined by Gerald Mballe, an articulate, intelligent and inspirational young man who at 23 years old has overcome challenges that many of us can only imagine.

Gerald shares his incredible odyssey – starting from his childhood in his native Cameroon, through his harrowing journey across land, language, labels and identity. David and Gerald talk about faith, sport, the power of Inclusion and how Gerald’s encounter with the athletes of Special Olympics empowered him by accepting him for who he was … just Gerald!

Episode 3

Faith, Sport and Love, actually (with Dr. Azza Karam of Religions for Peace)

Sport for Humanity combines the passion for sport with the values of faith to serve humanity. In this episode, David explores the relevance of Faith and Sport, and Faith in Sport, with Dr. Azza Karam, Secretary General of Religions for Peace – the largest multi-religious leadership platform in the world. Azza conveys her views about the shared values of faith and sport, human rights, diversity, equality, love and Mo Salah!

Prof. Karam was born in Egypt and now lives in the United States.  She holds a Professorship of Religion and Development at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.  She has served in various roles with the United Nations since 2004, including as Senior Adviser on Culture at the UN Population Fund; as Coordinator/Chair of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and Development; founder of the Multi-Faith Advisory Council, as well as, other intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations since the early 1990s. Her Ph.D. in 1996, focused on Political Islam, and became her first book in Arabic (her mother tongue) and in English.

Episode 2

The Saving Grace (with LA84 Foundation’s Renata Simril)

For our second episode, David talks to Renata Simril, President and CEO of the LA84 Foundation. From Black Power protests to the ‘Reggie Bush Push’, Renata highlights the moments that have formed her view of the world. She reflects on the impact of gang culture on her own family life, and how sport, faith – and the discipline of the army have influenced her in bringing more sporting opportunities to young people in LA.

Renata is an accomplished civic and private sector trailblazer with more than 20 years of diversified experience with a commitment to leadership and service.  A proud third generation Angeleno, CSQ magazine named her a Visionary in Sports and Entertainment in 2017.  She also received the WISE LA (Women in Sports and Entertainment) Women of Inspiration award in 2016.

Episode 1

The Bright Side (with Everton CEO, Denise Barrett-Baxendale)

For the podcast’s first episode,  David talks to Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Chief Executive of Everton Football Club about sport, faith and how the values learned from both worlds serve as inspiration for her and Everton to use their platform for the greater good.

Denise is a recipient of the Lifetime Role Model award at the 2017 Football is More Conference in Switzerland,  in recognition of her “excellent life-long commitment to social causes”. Under her leadership, Everton in the Community, the club’s official charity has been transformed into an internationally acclaimed organization that uses the power of sport to motivate, educate and inspire some of the most vulnerable and hard to reach people in the community.

The Live Like You Play soundtrack is courtesy of Paul Austin and Graeme Hill of Austin Hill Music. They are specialists in creating bespoke music for podcasts, training videos, and film and TV themes. They have a library of work, and write music to order for special projects.

Check them out on https://www.austinhillmusic.com/