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 of Mandela:
“Others can better write about Nelson Mandela’s impact on the world stage, on how he stood up for the dignity of all people and on how he changed our world.
For those that seek to make a change in the world, whether global or local, one lesson of his life is this:
You can make a difference.
You can stand up to insurmountable forces.
You can put up with far more than you think you can.
Your lever is far longer than you imagine it is, if you choose to use it.
If you don’t require the journey to be easy or comfortable or safe, you can change the world.”
You Can Do More … your brain is lying to you… Don’t Believe It!
We Can Do More!
Jeff Floyd – firstname.lastname@example.org