Today we celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day. The day of his birth honors not only the man and his life of service, but represents the significance of the actions we take everyday. Mandela understood we have power, and in our actions and deeds we also make a difference in the lives of others. Mandela reminded us, “It is in your hands to make of the world a better place.”
Athletes have a special place in our society, and communities around the globe share testament to the power of sports to unify, bridge gaps, and connect people who seemed too far apart to connect. As a leader in sports at all levels, it is imperative to understand this responsibility, to educate yourself, and to change not only your own life, but the lives of those around you.
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”
– Nelson Mandela
Do what you can to take action and continue the legacy of Mandela, a man who served humanity.