„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. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.“ (Nelson Mandela)
Kitzbühel/Capetown - The Nelson Mandela Foundation and CAMP BECKENBAUER, together with the anti-rascism organization Global Watch, have formed a partnership with the declared goal of fighting rascism and discrimination in sports. Their new association was recently announced at the CAMP BECKENBAUER Global Summit 2015 in Kitzbühel.
The objective of this strategic cooperation is to launch sustained grass roots projects in sports in the spirit of Nelson Mandela. Within the framework of a long-term cooperation, a Regional Summit of CAMP BECKENBAUER is being planned to take place in 2016 in South Africa, homeland of former South African President and Nobel Peace Prizewinner Nelson Mandela.
“CAMP BECKENBAUER is truly a great initiative. We want to bring this Think Tank which addresses the problems and challenges of sports in the twenty-first century to Africa in 2016. “Kaiser” Franz and Madiba are extraordinary guiding lights, each one a leader who has achieved a great deal,” says Tokyo Sexwale, trustee of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and former political prisoner on Robben Island, the selfsame prison island where Mandela spent 18 years (out of the total 27 years of his imprisonment).
Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, placed special emphasis on the following statement: “The Nelson Mandela Foundation is proud to bring CAMP BECKENBAUER to the African continent. This association will help boost professional sports development through dialogue. We would like to thank ‘The Kaiser’ and CAMP BECKENBAUER team for having made this possible.“
“Nelson Mandela was an exceptional phenomenon in many ways. What he achieved for humanity is unparalleled on the planet. He proved that a human being can transcend hatred, injustice and discrimination,” said Franz Beckenbauer in praise of the accomplishments of the foundation’s spiritual aegis and freedom fighter, who died in 2013 at the age of 95. Today, Mandela is the leading symbol and indispensable icon for the worldwide struggle against rascism and discrimination.
Marcus Höfl, founder of CAMP BECKENBAUER, had this to say: “Nelson Mandela brought to light and helped us all to realize that soccer is defacto far more than just a game. Sports and, in particular, soccer were what gave the prisoners on Robben Island the strength to continue their struggle for equality and freedom. At the CAMP BECKENBAUER Regional Summit in South Africa, together with the Nelson Mandela Foundation we want to honor this life work of one of the great personalities of history.”