Fark Yaratanlar
Civic Participation

Mehmet Münir Cura

Athletes in Mardin are “running” to a better future

This week’s Turkey’s Changemakers features former national athlete Mehmet Münir Cura, who led the ‘Promotion of Athletics in Mardin’ project in Mardin.

Mehmet Münir Cura, a former mountain running athlete who won 3rd place in World Championships and 1st place in Balkan Championships, returned to his hometown Mardin to work as a physical education teacher upon his retirement as an athlete. The former mayor of Mardin, Mehmet Kılıçlar, supported Mehmet Münir Cura to establish the Mardin Sports Club for Athletics with the goal of taking athletics to the next level in the city of Mardin. The Mardin Sports Club for Athletics, established in 2008, received a grant from the Ministry of Development Social Support Program and brought the ‘Promotion and Popularization of Athletics in Mardin’ project into life.

As part of the project, Mehmet Münir Cura reached a total of 350 students from Mardin’s city center and surrounding villages since 2008. The Mardin Sports Club for Athletics raised around 120 licensed athletes, and 8 out of these athletes now attend a sports academy at the university level. The U-16 Girls, U-16 Boys, and U-20 Boys teams established by Mr. Cura now compete in the First Division of Turkey’s National Athletics League. Another outcome of the project was the first running track ever to be built in Mardin. This track also hosted a national competition.

The Mardin Sports Club for Athletics competes in the First Division of Turkey’s Cross League. The Club finished the League’s 2009-2010 season finals organized in Antalya in 8th place with 236 points. In addition, the Club won 1st place among 15 teams at the 76th Great Atatürk Race organized in Ankara.

SIMILAR Changemakers All Changemakers

Civic Participation
Itır Erhart

Itır Erhart Runs to Raise Money for Youth, Education, and Disability Projects

Civic Participation
Melek Erman Köni

Melek Erman Köni Helps Rural Women Adapt to City Life in İstanbul

Civic Participation
Selim Çavuş

Inspired by a think tank in the United States, Çavuş established the "Thought Association" in Istanbul in 2007.

Civic Participation
Fixers Club

Fixers Club has repaired 60 streets in different cities of Turkey with more than 1,000 volunteers with the motto of "to repair, to produce and to share".

Sonuç bulunamadı, lütfen arama kriterlerinizi değiştirip tekrar deneyin.

You can receive inspiring news in your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter