Chelsea Defender Antonio Rudiger Launches Foundation to Increase Sport Literacy in Africa

Thanks to Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, thousands of children in Sierra Leone will now have access to an educational foundation that develops sports literacy.

Rudiger, 28, is a German international who was born to a Sierra Leonean mother in Berlin, Germany.

Despite being born far away from Africa, he has built a strong connection with the West African country.

He was given a hero’s welcome by excited fans when he arrived in Sierra Leone on Monday during the Premier League’s international break.

Rudiger pose with excited fans in Sierra Leone

On Thursday, the 2021 Champions League winner, launched the charitable foundation and pledged $40,000.

“It’s a huge pleasure for me and my family to be here, I don’t see myself as a superstar because my parents always tell me to be humble — that’s why I’m here today,” Rudiger said.

“To me this foundation means a lot, because I don’t want it to be a one-man show, I want it to be something we all — most importantly the young generation and the community — can look up to,” he added.

Also at the launch, he auctioned a signed Chelsea shirt, which was sold to a fan for $2,000, in the exclusive launch ceremony that featured only a crowd of government officials, and members of a local Chelsea fan club.

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