Civil rights leader and activist Rev. Jesse Jackson visited Nirvana FC in support of the clubs work around discrimination, justice and to present a plaque and plant a tree in remembrance of Antoin Akpon a former community and club member of Nirvana.
The special event took place on 5th December 2013 at Leicester Nirvana FC’s home ground in Hamilton amongst honored guests such as Keith Vaz MP. Club members and invited guests were encouraged to mingle informally with Rev Jackson as he made his way through a full room taking pictures and embracing those that attended.
Chair of Nirvana FC Kirk Master said, “It is inspirational that our efforts to champion equality and combat discrimination has been recognised by such an iconic leader such as Rev Jesse Jackson and supported by Keith Vaz MP”.
Committee member Ivan Liburd said, “On the day that Nirvana welcomed one hero (Jesse Jackson) in to our arms another was taken away with the announced death of Nelson Mandela. He was an inspiration to Nirvana who has in recent times also battled successfully against injustice and discrimination and continue to champion positive change within the community and sport for all”.
After presenting a plaque in Antoin Akpon’s memory, Rev Jesse Jackson said, “These young peoples hearts are still heavy and yet they come together in love and not in hate and hurt, that says much about the extended life of Antoin”.
The event was a fitting tribute a life and inspiration for all of the young people involved in Nirvana football club.