Senior School of Excellence new beneficiaries
What does a pilot, medical student and aspiring lawyer have in common? Their lives have all been transformed by the power of sport.
A total of 19 young adults who graduated from United Through Sport’s Senior School of Excellence Programme over the past three years have successfully moved onto tertiary studies or the working world, which is evidence of the progress made by the programme in South Africa.
Since founded in 2005, United Through Sport has used sport as a tool to develop children from disadvantaged and vulnerable backgrounds. Starting at Primary School level, we journey with committed children through to high school, where they receive top level education through our Senior School of Excellence Programme, at some of the best schools in Nelson Mandela Bay.
A recent Impact Report documented the life-changing results achieved by United Through Sport from 2015 to 2017. United Through Sport doubled its intake of Senior School of Excellence beneficiaries from 49 to 89 children (compared to the previous period 2012- 2014). These 89 learners all received, or are in the process of receiving, top level high school education.
Our Grade 12 school leavers have consistently achieved a 100% pass rate every year.
What our graduates had to say:
“When I look at my friends now, every friend is either pregnant or in jail. You’ve changed my life. You made my dreams into reality. Continue to help kids find their purpose in life. Continue doing the great job that you are doing!” – Lindiwe (Politics and Public Administration Student)
“United Through Sport gave me such an amazing opportunity. I feel like I have grown much more and have been exposed to many more opportunities and people thanks to United Through Sport. The fact that they also saw me as a deserving candidate for the bursary inspired confidence in me that I never previously had.” – Bronwyn (Medical Student)
“I was offered opportunities to play rugby for the Sharks Academy, but I had set my heart on becoming a pilot. My time with United Through Sport had taught me to pursue my dreams. I have slowly been working towards achieving this dream. My parents are helping me. I have my first pilot’s license, but I can’t get a job yet, I need more hours to get a commercial pilot’s license.” - Sthembiso (Trained Pilot)