The Superstars

Excerpts from The  Guardian on Luol Deng

“We’ve been doing this for five years now, attracting kids from across Britain. They don’t talk out loud about it, but I know some of the trouble these kids face. There is crime and there are drugs. We want to get them off the street and, more than that, give them a chance to do something special. And every year, when you see the kids’ faces light up, you wanna do it again.”

The Deng family alone has driven the funding and organisation of this sporting and educational week. Many of the 260 children present have been granted free entry, but this is no media-savvy merging of the corporate world and a charitable cause. No sporting or government organisation came forward to share the family’s costs. When doubts arose last month over whether they would be able to overcome the dearth of any outside financial help, Luol simply topped up the large sum he had already given the camp.


Suddenly, Deng seemed to burn with conviction and ambition. “We have big plans for next year,” he said. “I’m holding this camp again in Britain, but I also want to do some in Chicago. They will be sister camps to this one. And I want to go back to Sudan and do the same there. I want these camps to stretch across Africa – in Senegal, Cameroon, South Africa. I want to reach out and tell kids, from Britain to Africa, that they can make their own journey something special. It’s keeping us busy but it feels good – it’s the right thing for us to do.”

Now compare that with this about Sachin Tendulkar

Nowadays, time is the most important factor for anyone. I would spend time with the guy who auctions (for the one-day coaching) generously. I don’t want kanjoos people. Bid generously and I will generously spend time with you, because all the money is going to a good cause. It’s about helping the underprivileged, a genuine cause.

Thats not all though. Apparently Tendulkar does more than that

Tendulkar’s long-standing ambition has been to uplift the lives of underprivileged children. Not only will the bid amount be funnelled to them, he himself is doubling his personal contribution towards the charity. He will now be supporting the education and care of 400 children. “When I was young, I was on the receiving end,” he said. “Now I am on the other side, and I would like to give.”

Nonetheless, how different are the methods, how different are the level of involvements. More importantly, why?


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