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7 Times Marcus Rashford Has Championed Kindness Off The Pitch
At just 22 years old, Manchester United player Marcus Rashford has had a pretty inspiring career. He’s climbed high at one of the UK’s top Football clubs, is considered one of the best attacking players in the country, and is constantly using his celebrity status as a force for good. 
Most recently, the striker gracefully campaigned for children to have free meals this summer, forcing a government U-turn in a matter of days after they cut the food voucher scheme over the summer holidays. It was personal to him: the footballer spoke of his plight as a youngster growing up and knowing what it’s like to go hungry, relying on food banks.
His call to action wasn’t about politics, it was about helping vulnerable children – and he won. Now, parents will be able to claim food vouchers for 1.3 million children in England during the six week holiday.I don’t even know what to say.Just look at what we can do when we come together, THIS is England in 2020.— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) June 16, 2020Related... Anatomy Of A U-Turn: How Marcus Rashford Won School Meals Match After news broke of the victory, Rashford tweeted to MPs: “This was never about me or you, this was never about politics, this was a cry out for help from vulnerable parents all over the country and I simply provided a platform for their voices to be heard.
“I stand proud today knowing that we have listened, and we have done what is right.”
It’s not the first time he’s championed kindness off the pitch, and it won’t be the last – he told the BBC there are “more steps that need to be taken” in fighting hunger.
Here are just a handful of the lovely things he’s done for other people.Related... Anatomy Of A U-Turn: How Marcus Rashford Won School Meals Match He helped children get meals in lockdown.Before campaigning for children to have free meals this summer, Rashford helped raise £100k for FareShare, a UK charity fighting hunger and food waste. He worked with them to supply food to children who usually rely on school meals. 
The England forward told Sky Sports at the time: “I didn’t know how high the numbers were of kids not eating at home other than school meals. That number kind of shocked me.
“And then I remember speaking to a friend who was saying there was an opportunity where we can help these people and FareShare allowed us to make it work. I don’t think I’ve actually ever done something at such short notice before.”Guys, we’ve done it!! £100k for @FareShareUK that’s 400,000 meals for vulnerable children around the UK. Thank you!! You’re all amazing. ♥️@brfootball when’s that Q&A we promised?— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) March 28, 2020He’s been helping kids keep fit during lockdown.The Manchester United striker appeared on Celebrity Supply Teacher this month to help kids keep fit during the lockdown. Ahead of his debut, he asked PE teachers on Twitter to give him guidance. “I obviously know how to warm up but what else do I need? Help please,” he tweeted. “I want to get this right.”
Needless to say, he smashed it – and there were plenty of excited children tuning in to exercise with him, too.Kids, 25min countdown ⏰ Grab your water and let’s go!! Let’s start the day the right way 🏃🏾💨 https://t.co/ez79wbz2P1— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) June 10, 2020He signed up for sign language lessons after a young fan asked him to judge a competition.The footballer received a letter from a seven-year-old fan asking him to judge a World Book Day poetry competition back in February. 
“The deaf children in Manchester will write poems,” the letter read. “Please can you pick the winners! And give out prizes if you can?”I mean how can I say no to this Sheryar, that’s some swerve ⚽️ Count me in 👍🏾 pic.twitter.com/oPAbQqpt3u— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) February 4, 2020Rashford didn’t just agree to judge the competition, he also decided to take sign language lessons so he could interact with the children whose poems he’ll be judging. He plans on meeting them face-to-face once it is safe to do so.✍️ @MarcusRashford is judging a poetry competition for children with hearing loss 👏#BBCBreakfast’s @sallynugent joined him for his first sign lesson… pic.twitter.com/wvv4Xob7ja— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) March 4, 2020He helped make a cancer survivor’s dream trip to Old Trafford a reality. Last year, Rashford teamed up with Gary Neville and Rio Ferdinand to help make one fan’s dream come true. 
US-based lifelong Manchester United supporter, John Burk, was told his cancer was in remission in September 2019, so his Friends and team mates from the Hilton Head Wanderers soccer club in North Carolina raised $1,000 to send him to Manchester to see his favourite club play.
Burk’s friend contacted several Man Utd players asking for their help – and Rashford replied offering tickets for Burk and his friends. He then asked Neville, who owns the Hotel Football complex outside Old Trafford, to provide accommodation. The trip was set – and topped off with a 3-1 win to Man U. 
Burk and his friends also got to meet Rashford after the match, while Ferdinand provided dinner reservations for the fans and sent a personal video message too. Lovely stuff.Humbled to meet @Jobu_13 and his friends after the game as well. It was a pleasure to host you after the journey you’ve been on, John. Hope you enjoyed the win and also enjoy the rest of your time in Manchester 👊🏿❤️ pic.twitter.com/M4bZSloyqb— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) November 10, 2019He gave money to trick-or-treaters on his birthday.Journalist Simon Austin claimed his eight-year-old daughter and her friends had been trick or treating when Marcus Rashford pulled up in a car and a woman in the passenger seat asked them to sing ‘happy birthday’ because the footballer had turned 21.
The kids did just that, and he gave them £20 each. My 8 year old has just been trick or treating with 4 other friends in Sale. Nice man pulled up in his car. Lady in passenger seat said ‘sing happy birthday, he’s 21 today’, so they did. And he gave each of them a £20 note. Thank you @MarcusRashford 👏🏻👏🏻— Simon Austin (@sport_simon) October 31, 2018He ran a Christmas shoebox campaign to help the homeless.The footballer teamed up with Selfridges for the In-The-Box campaign last year and encouraged people to fill shoeboxes with essential items like hats, gloves and toiletries.
As part of the campaign, he delivered 300 boxes to homeless charity, Centrepoint. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Centrepoint (@centrepointuk) on Oct 17, 2019 at 5:15am PDTHe visited children in hospital after the Manchester terror attack.After the horrendous Manchester Arena terror attack in 2017, Marcus Rashford and fellow United player Jesse Lingard paid a visit to those injured by the bombings in hospital.
The pair handed out signed shirts and spoke to people about their recovery. They’ve since been back to local hospitals to visit patients over the Christmas period and deliver presents. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Marcus Rashford (@marcusrashford) on Jun 5, 2017 at 8:31am PDTRelated... Boris Johnson U-Turns On Free School Meals And Extends Scheme Into Summer Marcus Rashford Slams Welfare Minister After 'Snarky' Tweet In Free School Meals Row Opinion: A Generation Of Children Are Relying On Boris Johnson To Stop Them From Going Hungry
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Star Wars Director Says It's About Time A Woman Makes A Star Wars Movie
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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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The NBA named Clare Akamanzi – an accomplished business executive and international trade and investment lawyer – as CEO of NBA Africa. Akamanzi will start her position on Jan. 23, 2024, and report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. In this role, Akamanzi will oversee the NBA’s business and basketball development efforts in Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball, the NBA and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) across the continent, including through grassroots basketball development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, and social responsibility initiatives that improve the livelihoods of African youth and families. For the last six and a half years, Akamanzi was CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), where she spearheaded Rwanda’s economic development by enabling private sector growth. Under Akamanzi’s leadership, RDB implemented several business policy reforms and initiatives that led to significant investment and development for the country, including through partnerships with the BAL, Arsenal FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Bayern Munich and TIME Magazine, among others. “Clare’s business acumen, international experience and familiarity with basketball and the NBA make her the ideal executive to lead our business in Africa,” says Tatum. “NBA Africa and the Basketball Africa League are well-positioned for continued growth, and under Clare’s leadership we believe these initiatives will transform economies, communities and lives across the continent.” “I’ve seen firsthand how sports can positively impact businesses, families and communities in Africa, and the NBA and the BAL are a perfect example of that,” says Akamanzi. “The NBA has done an incredible job growing basketball and the economy around it across the continent, and I’m excited about the enormous opportunities ahead to build on that momentum.” Previously, Akamanzi was Chief Operating Officer of RDB and Head of Strategy and Policy Unit, Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda. She has extensive international trade, business and diplomatic experience, having previously worked for the Rwandan Government at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Rwandan Embassy in London, England. Akamanzi has worked or studied in seven different countries and holds an honorary LLD from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in recognition of her work in Rwanda. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of three prestigious awards for academic excellence and distinguished contribution to the community: the Lucius N. Littauer Fellows Award, the Raymond & Josephine Vernon Award and the Robert Kennedy Public Service Award. In addition, Akamanzi holds a Master of Laws degree in international trade and investments from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Akamanzi has served on several company boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation, ECOBANK and Aviation, Travel and Logistics (ATL) company. She was recognized by Forbes as one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women in 2020.
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