This year’s Super Rugby season has gotten off to a blistering pace. Though the season has been tough for the DHL Stormers (with close losses and a long list of injuries to deal with) their recent win over the Lions (a team that convincingly beat them in their 1st round match in Johannesburg), the Cape franchise will be hoping that they’ve now turned the corner and focusing on each game, with the intention of making it to the knock-out stages of the tournament.
As difficult a season as it’s been for the DHL Stormers: they have remained steadfast in playing a telling and meaningful role in the communities of Cape Town. Children from poor communities in and around Cape Town, through the partnership between DHL and Sporting Chance, have continued over the years, to gain access to DHL Stormers’ home matches played at DHL Newlands.
The Sporting Chance Development Foundation through its partnership with DHL has made it possible for children from impoverished communities to leave their communities on match days and head off to DHL Newlands, to watch their heroes take on their Super Rugby rivals on their home turf.
This journey continues to be a mesmerising affair and brings with it a renewed sense of hope: hope that work through sport continues to play the crucial role of nation-building in South Africa. We at Sporting Chance have enjoyed being able to provide our Sporting Chance Development Foundation group with this exciting opportunity via our collaboration with DHL.
DHL’s continued support of this programme remains a crucial component in inspiring youngsters with hope and working towards a purpose. Rugby in South Africa is the game loved by millions and the constant flow of youngsters from poor communities to DHL Newlands is making a positive change to the lives of many.
We remain indebted to DHL for their support and we look forward to bolstering this relationship more as we head into the future.