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Jul 17, 2017

A Story About Kay

Kay
Kay

With the School of Excellence programmes in our organisation, we are involved with the beneficiaries for a minimum of seven years. Our first contact with the children is when they are in primary school, aged between 10-12 years. From this very first contact, we are in constant need of support to provide measures and tools of developing the child. This covers extra academic support, sports coaching, life skills and personal mentoring.

GlobalGiving donors have been a part of our journey for the last 9 years. We truly appreciate the continued support that goes a long way in many children’s lives. We’d like to share a story of one of the children we met seven years ago so you can have insight into how far donations go.

Kay stood out not only for her potential on the hockey field, but she had the sweetest personality in her group! Her willingness to help the sport coaches and her excitement on coaching days blew away all the volunteer coaches and she was recommended for our Junior School of Excellence (JSE) the following year, 2012. As part of the selection process, more information had to be gathered about her from her school teachers, and as we expected, she was found to be definitely the sweetheart she came across and the bonus was the strength of her academic performance. With a good balance between her grades and sport skills, she was no doubt the type of child we needed to take part in the Junior School of Excellence to develop the potential she had. 

During her year in the JSE, Kay continued to show dedication and commitment to United Through Sport and kept up her academics. She was also always willing to help her peers in any way possible, but she was quite shy and reserved. The UTS coordinators of the JSE programme get more insight into the lives of the children as the year goes on. As much as she was shining in school and in sport, Kay was actually struggling at home as her parents were going through a messy divorce. She was in a very unstable home situation and living arrangement, which had a negative impact on her hopes for the future. However, towards the end of the year, Kay’s social skills were improving a lot and being in the programme increased her confidence. Because of her outstanding abilities and the difficult home situation, Kay was one of the children selected to go on scholarship in the Senior School of Excellence (SSE) programme the following year and she was thrilled at the news!

Getting a sports scholarship to the school of her dreams was the best thing to happen to the 13 year old. To fully support her children, Kay’s mom had to make many more sacrifices and we applaud her for that! In the first few years in the new school and finally adjusting to a new single parent home environment, Kay’s sport ability developed further. She represented her school and the province a number of times, which led to her being selected for South Africa Schools Hockey, where she currently still competes. Due to her personality, resilience, hunger for success, social skills and the general manner in how she represents United Through Sport, Kay was selected to be in the group that went on tour for street football to Brazil in 2014. Her natural sport talent stood out in the tournament and she was very popular amongst her international peers during the short stay in Brazil. At this stage, Kay was completely feeling on top of the world and was very hopeful for her life.

Fast forward to 2017, Kay is in her final year of high school, UTS is assisting her in applying for sports bursaries in order to pursue her hockey to a professional level and she has been accepted at a few universities already. She forever shows gratitude to the United Through Sport family for pretty much just generally being the light in her life.

“UTS has developed me so much in many different avenues and not only sport! I know how shy I used to be when I started in the programme, but today I am a prefect, a leader in my school with so many friends and I will go to University soon! When I work, I will assist UTS to help more kids.”

Global Giving is a reliable platform for UTS to raise funds to realise dreams of many more others, and we cannot do it without our dedicated donors. Thank you and please continue supporting us!

Kay In Action For The School First Team
Kay In Action For The School First Team
Kay Represents The Province In Cricket Too
Kay Represents The Province In Cricket Too
Our Young Star Collects Awards
Our Young Star Collects Awards
Jun 22, 2017

A hopeful message

Emelia Booysen
Emelia Booysen

A hopeful message
These days, the kids are still working hard to get their high school degrees. All of the fifteen kids are still in the programme and are working hard every day. They are still grateful for the opportunities they can get from United Through Sport and “Change a Child’s Life” project. All the donations will go towards books, food, transport, uniforms, stationary and school fees. So far we are about half way towards our fundraising goal to support all of the children.


To help us reach our fundraising target we have organised a sponsored run, with the runners being volunteers from United Through Sport. With this run we will try to get as many donations as possible. The run will be held on national ‘’Youth Day’’ in South Africa. Which is a perfectly fitting day to be able to complete our goal and cover the cost for these children for the rest of the year. If you want to follow this event, please go to the Facebook page of ‘’Change a Child’s life’’, here you can follow the whole run, while we’re filming it live for you. We will organise another run in the Netherlands as well, which is happening in a few weeks. The goal of this run is exactly the same as the run we have organised in Port Elizabeth to help us reach our final fundraising target for the year.


Once again, thank you for the donations we have received so far, which have covered school fees, transport, books and extra tuition for the 15 children for the first 6 months of the year. We really appreciate every donation, it is really giving these children a chance to change their lives. We hope you will keep supporting us, to reach our goal.


‘’I still work hard every day, I really appreciate the support I get from UTS. Going to school makes me feel good every day’’ - Lorenda (not her real name)

Apr 18, 2017

UTS Beneficiary wins University Bursary

United Through Sport (UTS) is a development through sport organisation, meaning we use sport  as a tool to develop children and youth in the programmes holistically, and not only to develop their sporting abilities.

In the Senior School of Excellence (SSE) programme, we have placed a number of children from disadvantaged schools on scholarships at top schools in the city. Most of the children are placed on sport scholarships at the different schools, but we have a number of children that are awarded the opportunity based on their academic abilities more than their sport potential or talent.

One such child is Chadleigh, who is in grade 11 at Alexander Road High School and has been on our scholarship programme for four years now.  This young man has always impressed his school, parents and UTS with his school grades, and has always been an inspiration to his classmates to give their best in their school work. His warm, friendly and outgoing personality makes him very popular with his peers too. Amongst a few other activities,chess is one of his favourite things to do and that is no surprise as some of his skills can be attributed to his love of the game.

Recently, Chadleigh took part in a Maths and Science Olympiad, amongst 6 scholars from his own school and 16 other schools with a total of 275 learners in the competition. In the senior division of the Maths Competition, Chadleigh outdid his fellow participants by taking first place, winning himself a cash prize and a bursary for any course of his choice in the Science& Maths department at Rhodes University when he finishes school in 2018. He is thrilled at the opportunity and cannot wait to finish school to study at such a prestigious University in 2019! “Education is the most powerful weapon with which you can change the world and I am very fortunate to be accepted at Rhodes on scholarship” he explained with excitement.

It indeed is very rewarding to the organisation when the beneficiaries flourish and have the opportunity to change the cycle of poverty that they come from. Well done to Chadleigh and we salute him for all the effort he continuously puts into his school work.

 
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