Points of Light Kicks Off the Compassion Relay #CompassionUnites

by | Sep 9, 2016 | Compassion Relay, Unity Games

The Compassion Relay begins with a brilliant point of light, an intentional spark that arises out of the darkness. Each of us is a point of light. 

The Compassion Relay is a featured way to play in the Global Unity Games from 9/11 through 9/22. The Compassion Relay is made of a dream team of “Champions of Compassion” that are collaborating and celebrating the goodness and unity in the world. The theme of the Compassion Relay is #CompassionUnites

The purpose of the Global Unity Games is to create “global unity” in our lifetime. We define global unity as a world of people with different backgrounds, cultures, nationalities and belief systems committed to living, learning, playing and working well together. (You can sign up to play in the Global Unity games here.)

The perfect “dream team” relay partner to start this off is Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. Through affiliates in 250 cities in more than 30 countries, and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and companies, Points of Light is creating a culture of volunteerism, one that celebrates the power of service.

Points of Light are dedicated to engaging more people and resources in solving serious social problems through voluntary service. Check out this video amplifying the mission and vision here on you tube:



The Compassion Relay kicks off on 9/10 with Points of Light, the largest organization dedicated to service in the world. Points of Light will be passing the Compassion Torch to 9/11 Day on the National Day of Service and Remembrance they established, 9/11.

On Saturday, September 10th, Points of Light will be at the National Mall in Washington DC. They are organizing a service fair to encourage others to get involved in community service as well as honoring veterans, first responders, and their “Frontline Families”. This service fair is part of a national commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 through service, engaging thousands in volunteer projects that address a social need in their community. 

Points of Light will start the Compassion Relay and pass the virtual Compassion Torch to David Paine, co-founder of 9/11 Day Tomorrow Together in New York City.

“We are proud to kick off the Compassion Relay,” says Malikah Berry, senior vice president for Impact Programs at Points of Light. “Through volunteer service, Americans connected with the spirit of unity that arose in the aftermath of 9/11, and the Global Unity Games offer more opportunities for people to engage nationwide in positive change.”

Four-time Olympic Gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross will be with David Paine in New York City on 9/11 as well as with other members of Compassionate NYC. Together they will pass the Compassion Torch to Compassionate Silicon Valley who will accept it, engage in their community in meaningful ways, and pass it forward.

You can connect with Points of Light on Facebook (@BeAPointOfLight) and Twitter (@pointsoflight). (Find their website here and their YouTube channel here.)

The Compassion Games is a partner of Points of Light and was involved in the recent ServiceUnites conference that took place in Detroit. In June 2017 the Points of Light ServiceUnites conference will be taking place in Seattle. We hope to see you there!

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