Who We Are

Friendship Sports Association is a non-profit organization that was founded by Stan Cottrell in 1983 aimed at utilizing “Friendship Runs” as a starting point for building lasting friendships across the world. Running is a vehicle that brings people together… one step at a time. People working together can make a world of difference and a lasting impact for generations to come. Friendship is a term that crosses cultural and political boundaries because everyone that has ever been born desires to have a friend and to be a friend.

FSA Vision Statement

Leading people everywhere on a journey to discover and ignite their own unique and incredible potential that lies within them.

Our Mission

To use sports and cultural activities throughout the world to: 

– Break down walls of misunderstanding between nations and peoples 

– Foster cross-cultural understanding, communication, friendship and cooperation 

– Spread hope to people who are hurting and provide help for the children in need.

Who Benefits

 Hope For Families Adoption and Counseling Services – https://www.hopeforfamilies.org/ – Mission is to improve the lives of children by providing loving and nurturing help to birth mothers/fathers, adoptive families, and children in foster care, throughout every stage of the adoption journey.

 The Salvation Army – https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/  – The Salvation Army exists to meet human need wherever, whenever, and however we can. 

 WLOC Clothes For Kids Inc. – provides clothes and coats to poor children in Kentucky

 Friendship Sports Association – https://friendshipsportsassociation.org  Uses “Friendship Runs” throughout the world to: Break down walls of misunderstanding between nations and peoples – Foster cross-cultural understanding, communication, friendship and cooperation – Spread hope to people who are hurting and provide help for the children in need.

  Feed the Children – https://www.feedthechildren.org/ – Feed the Children is committed to creating a world where no child goes to bed hungry. To end childhood hunger, we must work together to break the cycle of poverty. Feed the Children works with a network of thousands of partner agencies in communities across the country. Our partner agencies include food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and churches. These agencies make sure the donated food and other essentials reach families in need in the U.S. — free of charge.

Help make a difference in someones life

Charitable donations help more than you can imagine. The downstream effect of a donation as small as 10 dollars can mean the difference between a child eating or going to sleep hungry for days.