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Marcus Rashford: "Just look at what we can do when we come together"

This is a story I would usually reserve for the Great News for Giving Back weekly blog post, but I've been so impressed with Marcus Rashford's this week, that I felt he warranted his own post.

I've been compiling a longlist for my nominations for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020, despite there being very little sport so far this year. After what the amazing Marcus Rashford pulled off this week, and the humility and composure with which he did it, it's going to take something truly extraordinary for him to not win BBC SPOTY (at least in my book).

For those of you who have been ignoring the news (and I wouldn't blame you if you had - a news sabbatical can be very good for your mental health), Marcus Rashford fought the government - and won - so that children who are eligible for free school meals can still claim them throughout the summer. Initially the government were going to remove the vouchers, but 22 year old Marcus used his profile to highlight the plight of the people who probably would have been forgotten in a few weeks, had the government stopped the vouchers. After Marcus's campaign, the government were forced to do a U-turn - a huge win for Marcus and 1.3 million school children in England who will now not be going hungry this summer.

Marcus has shown such maturity and such belief in this cause and has been completely humble throughout the whole campaign, and taken it all in his stride like it's his job. And it is a part of his job really, as a role model who is incredibly aware of the impact his actions can have on the world. Marcus came from very humble beginnings, and was brought up needing food banks and free school meal vouchers - and he has not forgotten where he came from.

As for SPOTY, at the very least, the BBC ought to consider some sort of positive social impact award, which is given to a sports personality who uses their position and profile to generate something positive for the world. And Marcus Rashford should win the first award. Just think if we had even a few more footballers who could stand up and be a bit more like Rashford.


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