Born in a poor suburb of Medellin, Hugo Giraldo Lopez is a role-model for Colombian youth. He is an Olympian and has won several Pan-American titles.


Acting together with Peace and Sport

Hugo is Ambassador of the Colombian Gymnastics Federation social responsibility program “Gimnasia por la Paz” supported by Peace and Sport and the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG). This program aims at bringing the positive structural values of Gymnastics into the lives of vulnerable Colombian youngsters living in highly volatile areas.

Gimnasia por la Paz


We initiated this project with the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), in collaboration with Ecopetrol, the National Federation of Gymnastics and 4 local NGOs (Colombianitos, FFUNDAMOR, Creo En Mi and the Foundation San Antonio).

For a period of 3 years, it will help combat the growing insecurity and crime in the slums of 4 Colombian cities: Bogotá, Medellín, Cali and Guapi. The intrinsic values of gymnastics (perseverance, discipline, surpassing personal limits and creativity) will help to improve the emotional stability of young Colombians, encourage their social integration and foster a culture of peace.

The project will give vulnerable young 8 - 14 year-old boys and girls the values and benchmarks necessary for a healthy life. It is also designed to improve the social integration of women and develop their assertiveness in the sometimes dangerous environments in which they live.