The INK Hockey club and Made for More received top honours at the 38th Jack Cheetham and Letsema Awards, hosted by Murray & Roberts in association with SASCOC in Johannesburg.
The KZN-based INK Hockey Club – which uses hockey to encourage youth participation in sport and exposes them to education opportunities – was awarded the Jack Cheetham Award, which recognises sports development projects that have the potential to change the lives of young able-bodied athletes.
The club participates in the KZN Super League division and some of its players have been selected to play in inter-provincial tournaments.
Made for More – an organisation that empowers and equips the differently abled to pursue a sporting career across a diverse range of sports – received the Letsema Award. The award was established in 2009 and celebrates sports development projects for people with disabilities.
The organisation currently has 185 athletes across a diverse range of sporting codes including adaptive surfing, Wushu and blind soccer.
The first runner-up for the Jack Cheetham Award was Langebaan Athletics Club which uplifts the local community and youth through athletics. Welkom Wrestling Club was the second runner-up in the award and uses wrestling to teach discipline, respect and life skills to young people in the surrounding areas.
SASAPD, an organisation that reaches the severely disabled through the sport of Boccia, was awarded first runner-up in the Letsema Award. Second runner-up went to Thuthukani Special School. Located in Empangeni, the school provides holistic education for learners with profound intellectual disabilities.
‘The finalists make a valuable difference to their beneficiaries as well as the broader community and we are proud to be able to contribute to their continued success in changing the lives of these athletes,’ concludes Henry Laas, Murray & Roberts group chief executive.
Photo: 38th Jack Cheetham and Letsema Award finalists on stage. Supplied