“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it
has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.”
— Nelson Mandela
I remember watching this short documentary several years ago and thought that with Mandela’s passing yesterday, it was a good opportunity to show how Mandela used the power of sport to fight apartheid in South Africa.
Below is the documentary from the ESPN Espy awards in 2009. In that year, the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage was presented to Nelson Mandela, and his work to unite his country through love of sport.
Filmed by celebrated cinematographer Scott Duncan