SA rugby skipper new Laureus Ambassadorby SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SOUTH Africa’s rugby captain, Jean de Villiers, has been named the newest Laureus Ambassador.
The Springboks skipper’s appointment coincided with his 34th birthday.
Chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in South Africa, Morné du Plessis, said it was a great honour to welcome de Villiers into the Laureus family.
“Jean is a true ambassador for his country and the sport of rugby. His involvement in Laureus will play a role in changing many lives through sport,” du Plessis said.
Accepting the new ambassadorial role, de Villiers said he felt honoured to be involved in the work that sought to improve people’s lives.
“I’ve experienced first-hand what a difference sport can make to people. By getting involved as a Laureus Ambassador, I’m hoping to keep on making a difference.
“It’s a huge honour for me to become involved with Laureus, whom I regard as one of the pre-eminent organisations world-wide ensuring sport adds value to the lives of people less fortunate than we are,” he said.
He said Springboks had been involved in a number of Laureus projects, not only in South Africa but abroad.
de Villiers joins an impressive list of current and former sportsmen and women around the world who support and promote the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
Ambassadors volunteer their time to work for the Foundation, whose mission is to use sport as the means to combat some of the world’s toughest social challenges facing young people today such as juvenile crime, gangs, HIV/AIDS, discrimination, social exclusion, lack of education, landmines awareness and health problems such as obesity.
– CAJ News
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