London - Former Manchester
United star and South Africa footballer Quinton Fortune has joined the Laureus
Family as an Ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
former midfielder, who also played 46 times for South Africa, including
the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, was announced as an Ambassador at an event
celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Lesotho-based Kick4Life project in
aims to use the power of football to combat the HIV/AIDS crisis in the country,
engaging with and educating young people through sport. The organisation also
offers mentoring, education and employment support and football coaching to its
After a spell playing for Atlético
Madrid, Fortune was signed by Manchester United in 1999, and it was there that
he enjoyed the most successful period of his career, playing 126 times in seven
years. Quinton was thought of primarily as an attacking left-sided midfielder,
but he also filled in as a defender.
also represented Laureus in a footballing capacity, playing in the Laureus All
Stars Unity Cup in Kuala Lumpur ahead of the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards.
on his announcement as a Laureus Ambassador, Fortune said: “I’m
honoured to join the Laureus Family as an Ambassador for the Laureus Sport for
Good Foundation. It is humbling to hear about the crucial and inspiring work
Laureus does at projects around the world like Kick4life, improving the lives
of young people through sport.
youngsters from Kick4Life are an inspiration, and proof that sport has the
power to change lives.”
The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation uses the
power of sports such as football to address social challenges through a
worldwide programme of sports related community development initiatives.
Laureus supports more than 150 projects worldwide and since its inception in
2000 has raised over €85 million for projects which have improved the lives of
millions of young people.