Sunday, 30 January 2011

Edwin Moses

- Former 400 Metre Hurdle World Record Holder
- 2 x Olympic Gold Medalist  ( 1976, 1984), 2 x World Championship Gold Medalist  (1983, 1987), 3 x Word Cup Gold Medalist
- Won 122  consecutive races (before losing to Danny Harris)

Edwin Moses Laureus World Sports Academy member Edwin Moses and Michelle Douglas attend the awards ceremony during the Laureus Sports Awards at the Palau Sant Jordi on April 2, 2007 in Barcelona, Spain.

Edwin Moses is currenlty the Chairman of The Laureus Sport For Good Foundation

Founded in 1999, the Laureus World Sports Academy is a unique association of forty-two of the greatest living sporting legends who volunteer their time in this noble cause.  Laureus is a worldwide movement that uses the power of sport to bring people together and to effect social change.

The range of their  is huge, both in its variety and its geographical spread: the have projects in Northern Ireland designed to bring Nationalist and Unionist children together, in the Middle East to give Israeli and Palestinian youngsters the opportunity to play sport together; in Australia we are at work with Aboriginal children to keep them out of trouble and give them more career opportunities; in India we help kids who live out in the streets; in South Africa we work with AIDS orphans and those who are in danger of being sucked into drug gangs; in Uganda they support a project which is making a major impact on AIDS education.

Anthony Yeboah

- Ghanaian International Striker
- Previously played for Leeds Utd, Hamburger SV, and Eintracht Frankfurt

Here is one of the many amazing goals he scored during his tenure at Leeds Utd

Currently he is the Founder of Anthony Yeboah Sports Promotions

He also bankrolls Yegoala FC, a Kumasi based Division One club

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Bernard Lama

- Retired Former French international Goalkeeper
- Formerly at Lille, St Paris Germain, RC Lens, FC  Metz
- Part of the French national team that won the 1998 World Cup, and Euro 2000

Bernard Lama along with  Patrick Vieira,  and Jean-Marc Adjovi-Boco established Diambars Football Academy in Senegal.

The school would not only form men and provide children with education, but also contribute to the development of countries and the African continent.

In cooperation with UNESCO, Diambars develops education-through-sport institutes.
In addition, Diambars teams up with champions and organizes both awareness campaigns and educational programmes (Campus, Stade Sup, Keep the ball moving...) to promote academic and vocational training.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

African faces of American football giving back to their home countries

Nnamdi Asomugha of the Oakland Raiders, Madieu Williams of the Minnesota Vikings and NFL newcomer Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions are distinguished members of the growing fraternity of NFL players with African roots.

Despite all their fame and fortune, the three players have not forgotten their African background -- Asomugha, Williams and Suh have been engaged in humanitarian work that has touched the lives of thousands, both in the U.S. and in Africa.

African Voices present the three NFL stars who let their ties with Africa show on and off the field.

Nnamdi Asomugha

The 29-year-old from Torrance, California, is considered to be one of the most formidable cornerbacks in the NFL. His exceptional athletic talent has earned him a three-year $45 million contract with the Raiders, making him the highest-paid cornerback in the league.

For the first-generation Nigerian, having deep roots in his African culture has helped him cope with success and kept him grounded.

When he was 25, Asomugha founded ACTS -- an annual college tour and mentoring program that provides low-income kids with the opportunity to visit college campuses around the U.S.

With the help of his mother, he also heads the OWIN initiative that helps orphans and widows in need in Nigeria and other African nations.

Through the Asomugha Foundation, that Nnamdi chairs, OWIN has raised money to feed, clothe and educate more than 5,000 Nigerian women and children.

This year, Asomugha won the NFL Players Association's highest honor for outstanding contributions to his team, community and country.

He says his work with the Asomugha Foundation will continue long after his football days come to an end.
"You don't stop -- it's not a job, it's not an occupation, it's a way of life," he told CNN. "It won't stop because it comes from the heart."


Ndamukong Suh

Standing at almost two meters tall, or 6 feet 7 inches and weighing around 136 kilos, or just shy of 300 pounds , 23-year-old Suh is the latest player of African descent to join the NFL. The defensive tackle, who was the second overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, grew up in a multi-cultural family, his father hailing from Cameroon and his mother from Jamaica.

"They're very similar and hard working cultures and helped me become the man I am today and instilled a lot of values into me, which is working hard and being very humble for the things that I've earned. And on top of that, never take anything for granted," Suh told CNN.

The Detroit Lions are hoping that Suh can strengthen the team's defense. But the natural athlete knows that it's just as important to help his team as it is to help his community.

In April, prior to the NFL Draft and before knowing how much money he would be making, Suh pledged $2.6 million to the University of Nebraska in a move designed to showcase his appreciation for the place where he played college football and majored in construction management.

Suh says he values education as much as football and hopes to spread his passion for learning to his father's homeland of Cameroon, even though he's never been there before.

"I would like to get back to Cameroon and more or less help in the education area," he says. "I know the education system isn't the very best and that's one of the reasons why my dad left the country and ventured off for a better education and came to Portland, so I think that's a big thing that needs to be somewhat addressed."

Madieu Williams

One of the highest-paid free safeties in the NFL, Williams left Sierra Leone when he was a child, shortly before the eruption of the country's civil war in early 1990s.

Yet, his love for the West African nation has stayed with him all these years.

A frequent visitor to Sierra Leone, Williams built an elementary school in 2009 in one of the poorest parts of Freetown, the city he was born.

"Every time I go to Sierra Leone and spend time with the school, I see a piece of myself in those children," he told CNN. "I don't feel far removed from Sierra Leone."

The school, which has four classrooms, running water and will be able to teach up to 170 students each year, is named after Williams' mother, a huge influence on his life.

"She would make me spend my birthday in soup kitchens, spending time with the elder -- I thought I should be receiving gifts or presents of some sort but, in a way, I was giving something to someone than receiving on that day that was supposed to be for me. And I think it taught me a valuable lesson."

Inspired by his mother's teachings of social awareness, Williams has developed a rich philanthropic work.
Every summer, he hosts his own youth football camp for 200 children free of charge where he teaches them the importance of sportsmanship, physical training and nutrition as well as the rules of the game.

And in November 2009 he donated $2 million to the University of Maryland -- where he played college football -- to create the Madieu Williams Center for Global Health Initiatives.

The center addresses public health issues in the two places that mean the most to him -- Sierra Leone and Maryland -- focusing on malaria, illiteracy, infant mortality and HIV/AIDS.

"Everybody has a story and everybody's story is quite unique," Williams tells of the NFL players with African roots that have established a solid presence in the league.

"At the end of the day, everybody is still grounded -- they know exactly where they came from, the history, the ancestry and its ties to Africa.

"In our own unique way we are trying to give back to Africa, to our own continent -- that's what it's all about, making a difference and making an impact."

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

James "Bone Crusher" Smith

-Former  WBA Heavyweight Boxing Champion

As well as being an ordained Minister (aince 1996), in 2002 he  started the non-profit organisation Champion For Kids which provide scholarships to high school students

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Dr Mark Crear

- 110 Metre Hurdler from USA
- Double Olympic Medalist (Silver -1996, Bronze-2000)
- PB 12.98

Mark founded In the Zone Performance Training, a consulting practice that helps companies, professionals and athletes overcome hurdles and improve their performance in the face of intense competition, pressure, fatigue and distraction.

Dr. Crear is an Ordained Minister who earned his Doctorate in Theology in 2002... As well as a Christian Counselor and Life Coach.

In addition, Dr. Crear is also a published Author, having penned his powerful and inspirational autobiography, Why My Silver Is Gold. Why My Silver is Gold is about overcoming the inevitable hurdles that we face throughout life.  His in-depth story will tug at the very strings of your emotions as he takes you through his life of abuse, abandonment, rejection and disappointments.

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Roger Kingdom

- USA 110Metre Sprinter Hurdler
- Former World Record Holder (PB 12.92)
- Olympic Champion (1984, 1988)

Founded the Roger Kingdom Foundation Inc.

The Roger Kingdom Foundation Inc. is a not for profit organization that utilizes the athletic and academic platforms to empower under privileged youth to reach their highest potential.

Head of Track & Field Coach at California University