Program for the reconstruction and renovation of youth sports schools across Ukraine.

Most sports schools in Ukraine are in a condition of neglect. They receive no funding for maintenance, and children sometimes train in conditions that threaten their health or even life. We believe in the sporting potential of our country, and the Klitschko brothers are just one example. We try to give every individual the chance to become a champion!

  • 100 sports schools
    sent applications
  • 12 mln. uah
  • 11 sports schools

Wladimir Klitschko initiated Start for Success in 2011 to modernize sports equipment, financially support athletes at international competitions, provide transportation for teams, update uniforms, and conduct masterclasses from leading athletes.

Renovated 100 % out of 100 % of the Cherkassy sports school
Wait for announcement of the new concurs in the near future

The Klitschko Foundation funds Start for Success through charitable donations and fundraisers. Since 2010, they host charity gala evenings to raise money for sports and education projects and to popularize charitable activity in Ukraine. Over 150 guests from across the world attend each gala event and participate in a charity auction. You can see how we put the money to use in our photo and video reports or by visiting renovated sports schools.

Start to Success 2017: Cherkassy Sports School


The Klitschko Foundation works to improve sports schools across Ukraine, in every region, regardless of city size.

How to take part:

Does your sports school or club need updating? Want to take part in our project? It’s easy! 

Who can apply?

Students, trainers, and administrative personnel from youth sports schools and other sports institutions.



The competition among general-education and sports schools for the new sports equipment.

  • 278 packages sent
  • 53 240 children took part
  • 2504 applications received
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