Eos Cares is the social sustainability program of the IK Eos basketball club. The program is using a sports club as a basis for development of activities, methods and solutions for involvement of newcomers and underprivileged societal group in the local NGO community and job market.
The aim of the program was initially set as to:
Welcome new societal groups in the club’s community
Open up Eoshallen as a center for integration, language training and social establishment
Over time the scope has evolved, and today has been added an additional aim:
Develop methods and solutions for how the sports movement can contribute to societal challenges.
Eos Cares activities are currently channelled through three separate methods:
The original approach has been named "The Sports Club as a Social Hub", offering a wide range of activities for social inclusion to the general public. Programs involved are the Eos Language Café, Language Tandem Program, Welcome to Lund, Local Discoveries etc.
In 2019, the additional method “Prisma” was established, providing a new approach in order to extensively involve the local refugee community in social activities. Within the Prisma framework has been established initiatives for e.g. job market integration, language acceleration & youth entrepreneurship development.
Since 2020, Eos Cares is also working closely together with the Skåne Basketball Federation’s iniviative “Hemmaplan”, to facilitate the development of a new partner club HSIF Klostergården, which is Hemmaplan’s first establishment in Lund.
Eos Cares was founded in 2016, and has since been developing exponentially, mainly thanks to the enthusiastic participation of a number of talented social entrepreneurs, as well as an amazing community of participants and volunteers that provide a friendly, welcoming and inclusive atmosphere to the program's activities.
In 2019, the program passed the level of 2 000 unique yearly participants, making it one of the leading social initiatives within the Swedish sports movement.
The efforts of Eos Cares have been recognised through several awards.