Vanessa Picker

Vanessa Picker

Founder of Play Forward, Australia

Vanessa envisions a world where all children are able to learn and grow. She created Play Forward, which uses sport to build confidence and self esteem amongst disadvantaged youth. Play Forward exists to enable children to learn and grow, through the power of play, regardless of their background.

The social business aims to combine sports and mentorship to build confidence and self-esteem in disadvantaged Australian youth, including those from indigenous populations.  Its sport-based programs aim to teach integral life skills, leadership, and cooperation. The Play Forward pre-loved sporting good drives collect and recycle used equipment for children who would otherwise not have access to it.