For most rugby professionals, the end of their careers signals a time of slowing down, taking stock and adopting the proverbial ‘simple life’. Not so, for former Stormers and Springbok versatile forward Eddie Andrews.
Eddie Andrews who has retired from professional rugby earlier this year due to a recurring back injury has since moved on to an arena of a different sort. Late last year, Eddie and Tonderai Chavhanga founded an initiative called the ‘ Joshua Foundation’ which offers rugby skills and academic literacy support to youths from disadvantaged schools of the Cape Flats.
Eddie and Tonderai forged a firm friendship during their Stormers and Springbok tours. This friendship was borne out of having shared similar struggles on the road to becoming successful sportspersons. The rationale behind this initiative stems from their desire to impact youth in a holistic way through mediums of education, sport and role modeling. In so doing, viable alternatives are created for youth to break the barriers which are so often seen as obstacles to fully realizing their potential. The rugby skills programme entails offering support to schools through assisting coaches and youth with training including resource support. In addition to the rugby programme, the academic component assists students with their overall academic literacy such as reading and writing skills, critical thinking, listening and note taking and a strong emphasis on skills application in various contexts. These two wings of the foundation are unique to schools in that they focus on development and empowerment as opposed to simply giving handouts.
Eddie and Tonderai are passionate about sharing their journey to success with the youth from similar backgrounds as an example to the fact that there are no barriers which are insurmountable.
For more information on the Joshua Foundation feel free to contact Eddie at [email protected]
This article originally appeared on page 30 of the WP vs Griquas matchday programme.