South African national rugby team player, Tendai Mtawarira, nicknamed “The Beast”, has launched a foundation aimed at introducing the game to rural areas in Zimbabwe, his home country.
The Get Involved Foundation also seeks to foster social cohesion and promote education across Africa.
Explaining his motivation, Mtawarira says he represents the whole continent, and wants to inspire all youths in Africa.
Mtawarira plays for the Durban-based side, The Sharks, and the national team. He says he wants to use his foundation, launched in London on Sunday, to give African children a better chance in life through sport.
Mtawarira has played for the Springboks for the last 11 years and amassed more than 100 caps, a rare feat in the game.