Cape Town - Springbok captain Siya Kolisi went to New York to pay tribute to a man who gave him a life-altering high school bursary.
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Kolisi was the recipient of a Vincent Mai bursary, which allowed him to attend Grey High in Port Elizabeth.
Last month, Kolisi led South Africa to the World Cup title when they beat England 32-12 in the final of the prestigious tournament in Yokohama.
The 28-year-old revealed his gratitude to Mai and stated without the bursary, he may not be where he is today.
"Vincent is a fellow Grey boy and has invested in 100's of kids in SA through bursaries, majority of the time without ever meeting them," Kolisi wrote on Instagram.
"I was 1 of those kids. Without the opportunity, there is no way I'd be where I am today.
"He sowed into my life without ever knowing what would come from it, and I couldn't be more grateful."
Kolisi also stated that he will work together with Mai on a project in the future.
The South African recently signed with Rap artist Jay-Z's sport management company, Roc Nation Sports.
Kolisi and his wife have been on a whirlwind trip of America over the festive period.
- Compiled by Lynn Butler