- World Cup-winning Springbok Siya Kolisi has won many accolades that have amassed him fame and fortune, but he is renowned for his big, giving heart
- His foundation, the Kolisi Foundation together with Red Bull Roots have joined for a multi-year partnership
- This partnership aims to identify and nurture the next generation of young rugby players, intending to up-skill and nurture them
Siya Kolisi, the now-iconic Rugby World Cup-winning captain, has achieved what many get dream to just get a 1/10th of.
However, he is even more renowned for giving back to the game that made him the world household name that he is today. The Kolisi Foundation and Red Bulls Roots have joined forces in a partnership aimed at building the next generation of young rugby players with a clinic to help up-skill and empower them.
The first such clinic in a multi-year partnership was held at the Kings Park Stadium in Durban, were some of the rising young stars of KwaZulu-Natal rugby, male and female, participated with the great man in attendance. He was joined by Babalwa Latsha and teammates Sikhumbuzo Notshe and James Venter to conduct the clinic while the quartet imparted skills as well as wisdom they had gained.
“Red Bull Roots and the one-day clinic is all about going back to where it all started for me… grassroots rugby. It’s important to me to be giving back and making sure that we're creating opportunities for young people.
“I strongly believe that representation is everything. I believe that in shared leadership we can accomplish anything,” says Kolisi.
The Kolisi Foundation has the vision to construct a state-of-the-art sports complex in Kolisi’s hometown, Zwide, in the Eastern Cape in the near future.
“I hope this sports centre will bridge the gap in terms of unearthing and developing talent. I think the challenge is the resources and communities investing in grassroots sports and that’s what we’re doing with Red Bull Roots."
Springbok captain Siya Kolisi receives praise for act of good sportsmanship in Sharks vs Stormers game
Mzansi rugby social media had nothing but praise for Springbok rugby captain Siya Kolisi after his fine display of sportsmanship last weekend.
Kolisi made a sporting admission the equivalent of a batter "walking" in cricket when he told referee Marius van der Westhuizen, "I'm held up," over the try line.
Source: Sports Brief News