Chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good
Foundation, Edwin Moses, and Chairman of Laureus South Africa, Morné du
Plessis, congratulated an inspirational group of Cape Town youth leaders who
have successfully graduated from the Laureus Youth Empowerment Through Sport
2013 marks the second year of this
programme which trains youth leaders to harness the power of sport to inspire
and transform their communities. 39 participants aged between 18 and 25 were
selected from a wide base of sport for social change programmes nationally.
YES leaders have completed sports
management training delivered by innovative partners such as the Sports Science
Institute of South Africa, Exercise Teachers’ Academy, Children’s Radio Foundation
and Youth Zones. Knowledge gained includes event management, IT skills,
facilitation, sports coaching, media communication and important leadership
After the graduation the leaders showcased
their new skills in sessions with 40 kids from local Laureus projects:
Grassroots Soccer, Waves For Change and Indigo Youth Movement. They were joined by four Laureus
Ambassadors - Ernst van Dyk, Ryan Sandes, Cynthia Tshaka and Swiss Laureus
Ambassador and defending champion of the Absa Cape Epic, Christoph Sauser.
Edwin Moses commented: “I have seen the
work of our projects globally and am always inspired by the potential of young
leaders. I am glad to see the Laureus YES Programme taking the lead in South
Africa to raise the aspirations of youth leaders through sport”.
Morné du Plessis continued, “Today’s YES
Programme graduates embody the spirit of Laureus. They are South Africa’s
sports leaders of tomorrow who will be changing the world around them”.
The Cape Town YES Programme graduates are
Mziyanda Matiwane, Ferdill Vilander, Taahirah Matthews, Lamees Solomons, Ashley
Meyer and Charl Jensel. YES
Programme graduation ceremonies will follow in Durban and Johannesburg.
The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation South
Africa supports 16 sports-based community programmes nationwide. Since its inception it has raised over R 32
million for projects which have helped to improve the lives of more than 10 600
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