I sit and write this with great trepidation. I don’t want to trivialize Nelson Mandela’s life, or his accomplishments. His impact on our world extends far beyond the sports arena, but his life has been inexorably linked to athletics… not only in South Africa, but on the world stage as well.
Nelson Mandela was an amateur boxer in his youth and often spoke about and used athletics to leverage his agenda. His donning of the Sprinbok rugby jersey to the chants of “Nelson, Nelson, Nelson” by 65,000 white rugby fans is well documented in print (Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation) and film (Invictus). One of Mandela’s last public appearances was at the 2010 World Cup final that was held in South Africa.
One of my favorite pieces regarding Nelson Mandela was Seth Godin’s recent post, A Legacy…
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