Raheem Sterling has been recognized for his efforts to promote racial equality in sports.
Following his award for promoting racial equality in sport, Raheem Sterling stated that he wants people to realize the challenges that people of different origins face.
After leading anti-racism and discrimination activities and speaking out against prejudice on and off the pitch for numerous years, the Manchester City forward was awarded an MBE.
Throughout his career for both club and country, the 26-year-old has faced vicious internet criticism as well as insults from spectators in the stands.
“Earning this distinction is a terrific feeling and a proud moment – not only for me but for my family and friends,” Sterling said after receiving his MBE for contributions to racial equality in sport.
I believe we are taking steps in the right direction, but there is still more work to be done.
“I am honored to have been recognized, but my first aim is to assist in the education of society and myself. There’s no way you can help others if it doesn’t start with you. Every day, I’m learning something new.
“My goal for racial equality is to help others realize the challenges that people from different backgrounds experience and to establish an environment in which everyone is treated equally. I believe we are taking steps in the right direction, but there is still more work to be done.
“As a society, there are still a lot of things we can improve on, such as social media and people taking greater responsibility. That, I believe, is a critical component in accomplishing the ultimate aim of racial equality.
“We must also support young people and provide them with opportunity to demonstrate their abilities.”
Sterling took part in the Premier League, the Football Association, the EFL, the Professional Footballers’ Association, and anti-racism campaign organisation Kick It Out’s No Room For Racism campaign in the autumn of 2019.
Sterling remarked last summer that “now is the moment to act” on racism, as the Black Lives Matter movement gathered pace in the wake of the assassination of George Floyd in the United States.
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