Mission & History

Mission & History

Mission

Gasol Foundation works to reduce childhood obesity rates through the promotion healthy habits to children and their families.

History

 

Pau and Marc Gasol are brothers, Olympians and NBA champion athletes committed to making a difference. Originally from Spain, the Gasol brothers have garnered the national and international spotlight for their athletic abilities on the court and their dedication to philanthropy off the court.

At an early age, and inspired by their parents who were both in the medical field, Pau and Marc always shared a passion for children’s health.

Growing up, both were educated on the importance of physical activity, nutrition and emotional health- all necessities in order to lead an overall healthy lifestyle. As young children, some of their fondest memories were moments spent with their family actively practicing healthy habits together.

As adults, they became aware of the prevalence of childhood obesity rates and the severity of this global epidemic. After years of collaborating with several organizations, the Gasol Foundation was founded in 2013, first in the United States and right after in Spain. 

Childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century and affects 42 million children worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, 70 million young children will be overweight or obese by 2025. If this trend continues, we are facing the first generation that could live less than their parents. Gasol Foundation has been working since 2013 to reverse this trend, reduce childhood obesity rates and improve the quality of life for children and their families.

Obesity affects the immediate health, educational level and quality of life in children. Children with obesity are more likely to remain obese in adulthood and are at risk for cardiovascular disease associated with an increased likelihood of premature death and disability.

Gasol Foundation works to reduce Childhood Obesity rates and focuses all its energy and resources on promoting and transmitting healthy lifestyles amongst today’s youth through our programs, activities, and initiatives both in Spain and the United States. Through the key involvement of family and educators, our programs promote children‘s knowledge, attitudes and habits for their full development.