Many famous sports stars take being a celebrity as their due, but Kagisho Dikgacoi is using his fame to empower and educate underprivileged children.
Kagisho Dikgacoi Foundation
Kagisho Dikgacoi is no stranger to fame and being a celebrity. As Bafana Bafana midfielder and player for international clubs such as Fulham and Cardiff City, Kagisho is known for his exceptional skill on the field amongst South Africans and international fans alike. But there is more to this midfielder than meets the eye.
The love of the game kept him off the streets
Although he spends the majority of his time abroad, Kagisho hasn’t forgotten his roots and home town of Brandfort near Bloemfontein. He established the Kagisho Dikgacoi Foundation in the UK in 2013 to improve the lives of young adults in South Africa by cultivating their skill and love of soccer. Growing up in Brandfort was tough. With the neighbourhood being plagued by drugs and crime, Kaghiso says that it was his love of the sport that kept him out of trouble. Now he wants to do the same for the children of Brandfort by giving them the opportunity to learn to love the game.
Isagoyarana Football Coaching Development Programme
In March 2014 Kagisho’s foundation partnered with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and the Crystal Palace F.C Foundation to launch the Isagoyarana Football Coaching Development Programme. The programme aims to empower and educate underprivileged youngsters from the ages of 18 to 24 who lack access to resources, trainings and mentors through football.
“Poverty in South Africa prevents gifted youth from realising their potential”
Kagisho credits his grandparents and mother for teaching him to give back to the community. And while he has always been a staunch supporter of community development in a personal capacity, his celebrity status has allowed him to create his own foundation and partner with international foundations to change the lives of hundreds of children through sports.
Sports Development Program
At DTR we applaud the efforts and support of celebrities such as Kagisho Dikgacoi who empowers underprivileged children to reach their full potential through a shared love of football. The DTR volunteer organisation also advocates the good of sport as part of a balanced education system and provide volunteers from abroad to help teach the children to love the game and their communities.