2023 Wrapped Up
We’ve loved sharing each of our monthly stories with you this year. Thanks to Sam, Karien, Clint & Brent who have revelled in putting each month’s edition together- 4 local volunteers, a small portion of our Rainbow Army of supporters who help power our organisation in so many different ways near and far every single day. You know who you all are. Thank you.
The Adams Family
“We are a family of survivors. We survived a cruel generation. We fought a hard fight. Even if we closed our eyes today, I know our kids don’t have to fight that fight.”
Graham and Olivia Adams are our newly appointed house father and mother, who live at The Dream Factory with their children. What started as a catchy headline and an intuitive feeling has unearthed a truly remarkable tale. It’s a story about football, love, hardship, tragedy, fortitude, and family. One that had us all crying and laughing together.
The Story Of Prince Gxubane
A gun goes off. An eight-year-old boy loses his father as do his seven other siblings. A wife loses her husband. A family loses their sole provider. One life lost. Nine lives changed forever .The story of Sabbath Prince Gxubane is not a football story. It’s much more important than that.
Hout Bay United’s marketing and sales department is where life has brought him, but his journey to get here only he can tell.
As the elite first-team’s fitness coach, I’ve gotten to know Durin as an incredibly kind hearted, joyful human, and an exceptionally talented footballer to work with. Until recently, I didn’t know his story. It’s one you absolutely must hear.
“I had no idea how hard this was going to be. Honestly, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever
done. But I know why I’m here. I’m going to make it.”
The HBUFC X-Factor
Driving to pick up Xolela, I’m nervous. I’ve sat face to face to interview Ryan Giggs, Thierry Henry and even the great Eusebio, but none had my stomach in a knot quite like this interview with X, the Hout Bay United FC Assistant Coach of our Elite Men’s
X is one of the most composed humans I’ve encountered. He’d tell you your house is burning down in a controlled tone and voice and in the same breath tell you exactly how he was going to solve the problem. The man keeps it cool.
This is Africa!
My story starts at age 11, a year after the post-apocalyptic action film ‘The Book of Eli came out. After being scouted to play for SC Freiburg U/12s, my first season felt a lot like Denzil Washington’s journey through the desert. I travelled 35 minutes to training and back, three times per week, didn’t get much game time, and didn’t get on with the coach. It felt like a struggle, but I realise now that I had no idea what struggling truly looked like.
You'll never ride alone
Your journey would have started, depending on your cycling ability and conditioning, approximately four hours before reaching this final hill. To get to this point, you would have already covered about 90 kilometres of the world-famous 108 km route that starts in the Cape Town CBD and hugs the coastline around the Cape Peninsula to the finish next to the iconic Cape Town Stadium that was built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.