Thank you to all who participated in Mandela Day on Friday July 18th! We were humbled by the outpouring of support and excited to share the experience with our member organizations. We thank Kweku Mandela and Francois Pienaar for reaching out to us and for their continued commitment to honoring the legacy of Nelson Mandela through service to others.
As we strive to make every day a Mandela Day we hope that you’ll share your stories with us as you do too! Here are a few highlights from our Member’s celebrations across the globe:
The Entebbe Sharks gathered together for an Invictus themed dinner where they read the poem which inspired Nelson Mandela and gave him strength during his 27 years in prison. The girls discussed the poem’s message of self-mastery and how it applies to their own future paths. In Uganda, where marriage at a young age is often the only option for women, the Entebbe Sharks program uses rugby as a tool to empower young women on and off the pitch, giving them the opportunity to choose their own futures.
From South Africa:
The JAG Foundation works tirelessly to raise awareness about bullying and help youth become BullyProof. Learning compassion and empathy are key to addressing bullying and what better way to do so than to celebrate Mandela Day by partnering with the Domestic Animal Rescue Group to help clean and feed neglected animals.
From the United States:
The Oakland Warthogs Youth Rugby Program celebrated Mandela Day by gathering to learn about Nelson Mandela’s life and work, and then honored his 67 years of services by playing 67 minutes of touch rugby with the utmost sportsmanship and positively motivating each other. By the end of the day over 60 people had come out to celebrate with the Warthogs program, who work with young men in Oakland, CA to support them in obtaining higher education and improving their lives.
Students from the Play Rugby USA Junior Sports Leadership Academy spent an afternoon learning about Nelson Mandela’s commitment to service. They brainstormed ways to improve their communities and then each made a pledge to serve others. Play Rugby USA uses flag and tackle rugby to teach positive life skills to over 4,500 children each week nationwide.
These were just a few of the amazing events our Members organized to honor Nelson Mandela International Day on Friday July 18th, but we are proud to know that all of the Global Rugby Collaborative’s members are using rugby for good to Make Every Day a Mandela Day!