Creative Stars Foundation (CSF) Chairman Letsweletse Moshabi says retired sports stars need to be supported so that they can fend for themselves even when their playing days are over. Moshabi said Botswana’s former sports stars who retired players are normally left on their own without any support despite having done well for the clubs and even country. He said this on Wednesday at the press briefing to announce their Foundation. Moshabi said the Creative Stars Foundation, which will be officially launched on May 26 at Travelodge, exist to correct this error. He pointed out that the foundation will offer assistance to the retired sports personalities who left the game due to injuries, aging and forced retirement. “We are committed to recognise and celebrate these sports personalities just as during their stardom days,” said Moshabi. The chairman, however, acknowledged it all needs to start with educating those who are still active about the use of money so that when they retire they have something to survive on. He said the foundation is therefore committed to improving outreach programmes and impact to better serve the players. Moshabi said they will be working hand in hand with already existing bodies to provide financial education and advice to the players so that they may save money for the future. He said it is disheartening to see retired stars struggling to make ends meet while they have been stars during their days. Moshabi said the foundation will therefore be offering any form of assistance to ensure that the retired players lead a decent life.
He said this would include financial, emotional, and social support. Moshabi, however, said people should not take the foundation to be insurance. The foundation will be looking at all retired players across all sporting codes in the country. To raise funds for this cause the trustees of the foundation have organised a Please Bail Me Out event during the official launch. Please Bail Me out is a court of injustice kind of activity where five accused persons will be questioned on issues concerning sports specifically retired sports stars. Moshabi said the event is a way of raising funds. The accused people at the Please bail Me Out event will be BNSC chairperson Solly Reikeletseng, Sir Ketumile Masire, Gladys Kokokwe, Joshua Bondo and Township rollers FC represented by Jagdish Shah. The presiding judge will be Advocate Uyapo Ndadi who has helped in the establishment of the foundation. Moshabi, therefore, pleaded with individuals and companies to come on board and support them for the benefit of the retired players. “What we want is for these players to lead decent lives even after they leave active sport,” he said.