Games in Lost Heavens

Related program: GAMECHANGERS | sports micro-venture fund

Thanks to a GAMECHANGERS grant, the village of Ganhaizi now has a basketball court, all-age recreational area and new public square for gathering and entertainment. By utilizing the villager’s collective-own public land, the project is providing the villagers opportunities to improve their health and fitness, a communal space to foster local cultures, and better quality sports facilities that are readily available in urban areas.


Ganhaizi is a remote village of Miao ethnic minority in China with a strong sports playing tradition. Villagers organize festival activities including bull fighting, foot racing, dancing, tug of war and rubber gun shooting game. The organization Habitat for Humanity plans on benefiting the health and well-being of the villagers by introducing a simple physical education program - a public sports field. The sports field consists of two components. The villagers of Ganhaizi participate regularly in basketball competitions with other villagers from surrounding areas, and their male basketball team recently placed first, while their female basketball team placed second in the regional tournament.

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