What an inspiration!
World Champion rugby player, Ben Cohen, has announced he is retiring from the sport in order to focus on fighting homophobia and bullying through the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation.
While he thinks he could play another two years, he has instead turned down offers from clubs in England and France, explaining his decision in a statement reading:
“I have reached the top in my sport. It has been an incredible journey and has put me in the privileged position I am in today to be able to work on these exciting new projects through the StandUp Brand. As athletes, it is not enough just to have strong bodies. We must have strong characters and use our voices to support those who need and deserve it.”
It's so awesome to see stand up individuals standing up to ignorance!
Ben will kick off his foundation with the Acceptance Tour this week, which will stop by a series of U.S. cities where he will hold events with local rugby teams to raise awareness and money to STOP homophobia.
We're sure the Rugby world will miss Ben's performance on the field, but the rest of the world will certainly appreciate his noble efforts off of the field!
[Image via WENN.]
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