“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” -Nelson Mandela
Yesterday, South Africa celebrated youth day. In honour and respect of this momentous day, UniMedia chose to maintain a day of silence. Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe yesterday said: “The youth of ‘76 could only dream of living in a country where their concerns were taken seriously.”
UniMedia has often made mention of Sally Little and her desire to find the next Sally Little…
This desire stems from the golf ethos of paying it forward. UniMedia together with Sally Little have undertaken to do their part. Making a difference to even one talented youth often has a ripple effect that extends far and wide and carries on the cycle of paying it forward. It is a tradition we hope to instil in both golf and in business in South Africa.
Sally reminisces about the time she met Nelson Mandela. He had pulled her out of a crowd, gently chastised her for playing bad golf, promptly told her to ‘beat those Americans!’, kissed her on both cheeks and disappeared among an entourage of security. In many ways, it was an open invitation to return home and do right by the country that gave Sally her start. Sally will always remember what was sacrificed for the freedom of South Africa and she’s rightly adamant to contribute to building a new generation of leaders who will proudly follow suit.
“My greatest desire is to give back to the country that gave me my wings years ago. So I have returned, not only to propel the game I love, but also to pursue my interests and passions that transcend golf.
“Now I am home.”
Nelson Mandela’s poignant quote hits home and fits in perfectly with Sally Little’s ethos. “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.”