On July 18th all around the world, communities participated in Mandela Day–Nelson Mandela’s legacy for positive social change. Mandela Day was established after Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better. As the founder of Play Rugby USA, my vision is to create a “Better World through Rugby” by developing and empowering young people to achieve long term wellness and success.
As part of Mandela Day, we brought our Senior Academy students from all 5 boroughs of NYC to our Junior Sports Leadership Academy summer camp for an afternoon of fun, learning, and service. Below are a few photos with some inspirational quotes from Mr. Mandela – I hope you enjoy! If you like these and want to see a few more, check out Play Rugby USA’s Facebook and Flickr Pages.
Everyone has something positive they can give. If we all gave something every day, imagine what a difference we could make.
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination”
Leading the way and passing on responsibility.
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
Junior and Senior Academy players play team building games together
“It always seems impossible until its done.”
It’s only impossible until it gets done!
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
The kids learn about healthy eating. Yummy!
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
The kids learned about Mandela’s philosophy for social justice
“Sport has the power to change the world. 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.”
We start and end every Play Rugby USA session with a circle up