Nelson Mandela has passed away at the age of 95, after battling a lung infection. The revolutionary icon and human rights leader, showed the world what strength and compassion are through personal sacrifice.
Mandela was falsely jailed for 27 years on charges that he was trying to overthrow South Africa’s government. When in reality he was simply opposing the country’s apartheid system. While serving his time, Mandela was subjected to hard labor and unjust living conditions. He still managed to earn a law degree from the University of London, and upon release in 1994, became the first black South African President.
“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 government in breaking down racial barriers.”
NBA Commissioner David Stern released a statement on the passing of Nelson Mandela.
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