August 03, 2013 | Africa: South Africa

Special Olympics South Africa answers Mandela’s call to action

By Mmane Boikanyo

Special Olympics South Africa staff painting at Sithandiwe Disabled Centre

Special Olympics South Africa joined the Nelson Mandela Day initiative on the 18 July 2013 by organising and participating in numerous events in honour of his legacy. The Special Olympics Unity Cup saw local celebrities and football legends take to the field with Special Olympics athletes. The match took place as a curtain raiser for the Nelson Mandela Invitational. Manchester City played against SuperSport United in the lead-up to former president Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday celebration. Lucas Radebe and Mark Fish captained their respective teams. They were joined by the likes of Simphiwe Dludlu, Janine Van Wyk, DJ Cleo, Siya Hewana, Stoan Seate and DJ Speedy. The match aimed to showcase the talent that athletes have on and off the pitch while fostering a culture of inclusion for people living with intellectual disability.

About Mmane Boikanyo: Marketing and Communications Intern at Special Olympics South Africa
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