People play sports for many different reasons. However, most people do it for the love of the game. Players are recruited to play on teams on a regular basis, whether for high school, college or for professional sport teams. Athletes from the disadvantaged neighborhoods of South Africa who desire to play sports but can’t due to lack of funds have an angel in the form of United Through Sport a group which tries to make these impoverished athletes’ dreams come true.
Who is United Through Sport?
United Through Sport is a non-profit organization with several divisions world wide. South Africa is one of their areas of focus, and they make it possible for children from impoverished areas in South African communities to play sports, if that is what they desire. By providing food, uniforms, tuition, school fees and transportation costs, United Through Sport has changed numerous lives. As a result of the assistance provided, children who are part of the programs have enjoyed boosted self-esteem, an improvement in grades and test scores, better fitness scores and many more positive benefits.
In order to qualify to receive assistance from United Through Sport, applicants must be either in junior or senior high school and meet certain income guidelines. Applicants must also have a strong desire to play sport but be unable to due to obstacles related to finances. This life-changing organization makes it possible for impoverished youth to obtain the many benefits of playing sports while being treated as equals while out on the field. The youth who are sponsored are encouraged to “give back” to the charity by volunteering to mentor others and providing assistance to United Through Sport during some of the many events that they are a part of each year.