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Bafana Bafana midfielder Dean Furman announced as Laureus Ambassador

Bafana Bafana midfielder Dean Furman announced as Laureus Ambassador

Ambassadors volunteer their time to work for the Foundation whose mission is to use sport as a 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, landmine awareness and health problems such as obesity.

 

Johannesburg, South Africa – Bafana Bafana midfielder, Dean Furman has been appointed as a Laureus Sport for Good Foundation ambassador, joining retired Banyana Banyana and Proteas Netball Captains Amanda Dlamini and Zanele Ndodana, Coach Desiree Ellis, Bafana Bafana legend Lucas Radebe and Springbok legends Jean De Villiers, Corne Krige and Bryan Habana in an esteemed group of South African sporting icons.

The announcement was made earlier during the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge at the Wanderers Club in Illovo, where the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation is the beneficiary for the 6th consecutive year. Fellow Laureus Ambassadors Dan Nicholl, John Robbie, Natalie Du Toit, Morne Du Plessis and Deshun Deysel were all in attendance to congratulate Dean.

Born in Cape Town, Dean and his family emigrated to the UK when he was only five years old. Within a few years, he was scouted by leading Premiership club, Chelsea FC, where he spent almost ten years in the clubs famed academy. After that, he joined Scottish Giants Glasgow Rangers and had subsequent spells at Bradford, Doncaster and Oldham before “returning home” to captain Supersport United in the South African Premier Soccer League.

He made his National team debut against Brazil on 08 September 2012 and earned his 50th cap over the past weekend in helping Bafana Bafana beat Libya to qualify for the 2019 African Cup of Nations tournament where he is expected to play a vital role in the heart of the teams’ midfield.

Chairperson of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation SA, Morné du Plessis, “We would like to welcome Dean to the Laureus family officially. His commitment to football and close relationships with teammates and fans is a testament to his character, and we look forward to working closely with him and introducing him to all our programmes in the future. 2019 is a big year for Bafana Bafana with their recent qualification for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, and we will be right there cheering for them from the sidelines.”

“I am indeed honoured to join the Laureus organisation. As our former President and a man I always looked up to, Nelson Mandela, once said, “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.”

“As a professional sportsman who has been fortunate enough to represent my country I understand the key role that sports play in society and through Laureus and the outstanding work that the organisation undertakes, my aim is to make a difference in the communities that support us,” said Furman.
Laureus Ambassadors are a select group of both current and retired sportsmen and women who have achieved sporting greatness or made significant contributions to the sporting community during their careers. They are recognised as role models and icons of success and have volunteered their services to support the work of Laureus Sport for Good.

Ambassadors volunteer their time to work for the Foundation whose mission is to use sport as a 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, landmine awareness and health problems such as obesity.

In 2018, nearly 300,000 young people from all over the world directly benefited from more than 160 Laureus Sport for Good supported programmes, run by grassroots organisations which are deeply embedded in their local communities and understand how to use sport to overcome the hurdles faced by local kids. Laureus supports these organisations with funding and knowledge-sharing, and all the work is measured against charitable standards set out by the United Nations, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Health: enhancing mental wellbeing and encouraging healthy behaviour change
  • Education: increased access to and completion of education
  • Women and Girls: promoting equality, empowerment and safety
  • Employability: developing skills and creating pathways to employment
  • Inclusive Society: creating communities embracing ethnic, cultural and physical differences
  • Peaceful Society: resolving conflict and promoting community peace-building

The Laureus Sport For Good Foundation Trust South Africa is a local chapter of the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation. Launched in 2002, SA was the first regional office to be established by Laureus International and supports 30 projects nationwide.

Bafana Bafana midfielder Dean Furman announced as Laureus Ambassador


Sources: Laureus Sport for Good
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