Danny Moran or “Tito Danny” is the visionary Chairman of the Henry V. Moran Foundation. A former Philippine National Men’s team football player (1972-1978) and a Hall of Fame Footballer in La Salle Greenhills (1967-1977), in 2005 Danny helped setup and founded Gawad Kalinga’s first sports program, Gawad Kalinga Football (GK SipaG), as a tool for social inclusion and development of marginalized GK youth.
Danny is now focused in promoting the sport of futsal through the Liga Eskwela Futsal program as a tool for development and community engagement in over 300 public schools in all school divisions in NCR, with plans to expand to 9 provinces/areas in 2019.
In 2008, the program initiated the first youth street football league in the Philippines, where teams from GK communities play home and away against each other in a 5-month competition, the longest running youth league in the country. The league assimilated a tournament with social consciousness in where additional add-on such as volunteer service projects are encouraged of the participants so that they not only just play but also contribute to the betterment of their community. This has enabled the youth to manage the games with minimal supervision, to take on responsibilities that greatly enhance their personal improvement and relationship skills. Thus, these help the youth who GK run the league develop leadership, values and character.
With such initiatives, GK has galvanized the youth who are in its programs to get them engaged towards the progress, resiliency and enabling of their communities. The SipaG Youth are trained to take part in consolidated programs and services that promote peace-building, continuing education and conflict sensitivity. To date, SipaG works with over 1,000 marginalized children across the Philippines. But these success stories are few, compared to the number of kids GK has served in the program leading to the need for a more focused and holistic training program for more willing talents and warm bodies who will take on and spearhead other young people in addressing their geographic and demographic needs.