About MORE Than Sport

What is MORE Than Sport™?

We are global movement of athletes who believe in competing for MORE than just a win — we transform lives around the world through amazing products, service trips, and fundraising opportunities to support clean water, food, medical care, education, and housing for those in need.

How Do We Do It?

We harness the power of sport, utilizing the esprit de corps found in each and every athlete and fan around the world to rally together and support the communities in which we work, live, and play. MORE Than Sport combines the teamwork, talent, drive, and dedication of the athletic community to create actionable change

Who Are Our Partners?

Professional Athletes

Our Pros are some of the best in their field athletically — and they also posses an equally impressive dedication to utilizing their fame for more than just personal gain.

Everyday Heroes

That's you! You are more than a score or a finishing time — you believe in the journey; of discovering yourself, improving yourself, and improving the lives of those around you in a real, meaningful, tangible way. You're part of a global movement that's changing the face of sport for the better.

Causes

MORE Than Sport™ is fortunate to partner with charitable organizations with proven track-records of tackling issues head on, with passion, creativity, and efficiency. We strive to tackle 5 core causes that matter most in bettering quality of life: water, shelter, food, medicine, and education. And when times get truly tough, we team up to assist during major crisis situations and natural disasters with necessities, volunteers on the ground, and donations to the communities that are suffering.

Corporations

We're very proud to partner with a number of businesses who actively encourage their employees to engage in improving the communities in which they work, live and play.

See our full list of Partners

How Can I Do MORE?

MORE Than Sport offers many ways for you to get put your passion and purpose to work:

Fundraise/Donate

Create your own personal campaign to raise money and awareness for causes that help make the world a better place. You can also donate directly to one of our partner charities via the pro-athlete or cause pages and keep the momentum going.

Shop

MORE Than Sport gear is a purchase with a purpose. We give a percentage of every sale to support our causes.

Volunteer

If you have a heart for helping those in need and wish to work directly with our causes, we'll help match you with volunteer opportunities that utilize your individual skills.

How Did We Get Started?

Perhaps it's better to let our Founder, Chris Lieto, share his story.

Chris Lieto

The journey of MORE Than Sport began as a simple bike ride one early morning in Mexico. It was supposed to be a mere course check before a big race, but what I saw on my ride would change the way I saw the world forever. I was staying in a beautiful all-inclusive resort, as athletes often do when we travel to these amazing events. We enjoyed swimming pools, cold drinks, and healthy food as we rested up for our races.

The day before we were to compete, I left my air-conditioned room and began my ride along the coastline course. As I looked out across the scenic countryside, something caught my eye. Only 5 miles from the resort, several young children were perched in the trees along the trail. I peered in deeper and just beyond the tall shrubs saw an odd structure. With great sadness, I realized that I was looking at a home in conditions not fit for any human being. It was an overwhelming contrast from the safe brick walls that formed my own; their house was constructed of flimsy cardboard boxes and scraps of wood. My wheels kept spinning along the path and amongst the trees I saw snapshots of extreme poverty. There was an entire village of people living on the land outside that stunning resort, with only the trees to protect them from the blazing hot sun.

As a husband and a father, my heart broke for those people. My mind immediately turned to the thousands back at the resort. Most people simply fly into this beautiful tourist town, spend lots of money, and never see the desperation outside the hotel gates. I realized that not only is this kind of poverty apparent in third world countries, it's happening in the very places we're competing. The grounds we race on belong to a people in need. Instead of ignoring the problem, why not use sport as a vehicle for change? I decided that very moment that I would find a way to bring hope and restoration to those in need. I would work to bring together my fellow athletes to use their dedication and talents to change the communities in which we all play and compete each day. From that moment forward, MORE Than Sport was born.

Chris Lieto