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Creating Athlete Heroes
Afghanistan Olympic Dream (AOD) is a 501(c) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the creation of local, provincial, and national team aquatics programs in Afghanistan. The National Afghanistan Water Polo team is the flagship effort of our organization, which provides opportunities for the people of Afghanistan to learn to swim, grow as teammates, and compete. Taking inspiration from the Olympic victory of Rohullah Nikpai, we see an historic opportunity to positively impact Afghanistan’s future through the development of both male and female athlete role models. Our efforts can help stabilize a volatile region of the world, bring hope to a nation, and promote “peace through sport.”
Our efforts have inspired the growth and pursuit of domestic and international excellence in the sport of water polo for the people of Afghanistan and are combating terrorism at a fundamental level by helping the children of Afghanistan grow up as healthy, educated, and committed members of the international community.
Afghanistan Water Polo’s mission is to inspire the growth and the pursuit of domestic and international excellence in the sport of water polo for the people of Afghanistan through
• Developing and coordinating national- and provincial-level programs and competitions for athletes, coaches, officials, and aquatics organizations;
• Participating in regional and international competitions to encourage positive international relationships;
• Creating and delivering quality programs for all levels, beginning to advanced;
• Encouraging the continuing development of athletes, coaches, officials, and an enthusiastic fan base;
• Providing opportunities for Afghan people of all ages and ability to participate in the Olympic sport of water polo.