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The football vs HIV/AIDS tour is an initiative that strives for the greater good as far as HIV/AIDS in sports is concerned. A few years back in the summer of the year 2012, PFA (Professional Footballers Association) spearheaded one such tour to South Africa to spread the word further into the hearts of the local youth. The Professional Footballers Association, was accompanied by representatives from the Premier League, and met up with the local youth from Masiphumelele.

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Among the gear that were making rounds to mark the event were HIVsport designed T-shirts. The general design of the T-shirts were inspired from football pitch markings on the front side of the shirts. HIVsport’s 'Badge for Hope' was also embedded on the front side alongside the general design. This shows just how much HIVsport holds in much esteem, those football vs HIV/AIDS tours. They are important in provoking a response towards the issue of HIV/AIDS, which also greatly affects the sport as a whole.

The badge for hope is a symbol of awareness of HIV/AIDS. Again, this goes to show just how important the matter is, and how the sport can be used to propagate the agenda at hand, beyond the normal issues surrounding the sport. Locally, in such places as Masiphumelele, the sport isn’t well established due to a lack of appropriate facilities and proper football gear, like soccer cleats for kids. Instead, the youth who have a profound passion for football have to indulge themselves in the game using substandard equipment.

However, as the change in the right direction occurs in the game itself, HIVsport is quickly chipping in to impact the sport and the game at another level, to bring a sense of awareness on the issue of HIV/AIDS on a more in-depth scale. This is mostly because, football as a game is quite popular worldwide, even in the underdeveloped parts of the world, like Masiphumelele. Using that to their advantage, HIVsport can carry out its operations and issue profound support on the various projects revolving around HIV/AIDS.

As a group, HIVsport works in tandem with other higher sporting associations, like the Professional Football Association, to carry out various activities. One of the activities involves the creation of the aforementioned public awareness of HIV/AIDS as a global epidemic that it is. HIV/AIDS has caused a lot of grief over the years, and continuous propagation of awareness in every channel possible is in itself quite necessary. The second most important activity it carries out is the active education of every person who has a title or role in the sport regarding all things HIV, including sexual health.

There is no need to stress the importance of HIV education and sexual health. HIV/AIDS is itself rooted in sexual activities and overall sexual health. It is, therefore, quite important to push the educational boundaries regarding the issue as much as possible. Lastly, HIVsport actively supports and involves itself in sports-related projects, which further offer education regarding HIV and sexual health. HIVsport’s cause is revolutionary and immensely important, especially in football.

The need to shake the beliefs and views of stereotypes and the general outlook of things in such matters is crucial, and HIVsport is doing its part to do just that. The Paralympics themselves strive to push such boundaries and prove that, even the disabled are resourceful, determined, spirited and courageous.

1.) Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler

The second comedian from the East Coast, on our list, is one of the most popular comedians to date. Adam Sandler was born in Brooklyn, New York. Sandler began doing stand-up shows when he was only 17 years old. He continued doing stand-up while he attended New York University. After graduating, comedian Dennis Miller discovered Sandler. From Miller’s recommendation, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels hired Sandler as a Saturday Night Live writer. After writing for Saturday Night Live for a year, Sandler began starring in the show. Some of Sandler’s most notable Saturday Night Live performances, involve Sandler’s original songs; The Thanksgiving Song and The Chanukah Song. After five years on Saturday Night Live, Sandler was fired. After his run on Saturday Night Live, Sandler starred in many successful comedies, most notably; Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. Currently, Sandler owns his film production company, Happy Madison Productions, and he continues to star in comedy blockbusters.

2.) Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart

The first comedian from the East Coast, on our list, is Kevin Hart. Hart was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It may surprise you that Hart’s comedic debut was deemed as a failure, instead of a success. His first appearance was under the name of Lil Kev, and his stand-up routine seemed to be so terrible, he was actually booed off stage. After poor reception in Philadelphia, Hart looked into comedy competitions in Massachusetts. These Massachusetts comedy competitions proved that Hart had raw talent in him. Soon after his run in Massachusetts, Hart went on his first comedy tour, I’m a Grown Little Man. One year later, Hart went on another tour called, Seriously Funny. Then, in 2010, Hart went on another comedy tour, called Laugh at My Pain. Laugh at My Pain was so successful, he made a whopping $15 million from the tour. Aside from Hart’s stand-up success, he has had roles in many successful television shows and movies, most notably, Death at a Funeral, Ride Along, Ride Along 2, and a show he co-created, Real Husbands of Hollywood.

3.) Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari

The third comedian from the East Coast, on our list, is Aziz Ansari. Ansari was born in Columbia, South Carolina. Ansari made his stand-up debut while attending New York University. For the next few years. Ansari continued to perform stand-up at various comedy clubs. Then, in June 2008 Ansari was casted as Tom Haverford in NBC’s new show, Parks and Recreation. Ansari’s portrayal of Tom Haverford led Ansari to getting praise from many critics, and landed him on Entertainment Weekly’s list of 2009 Breakout TV Stars. Aside from Ansari’s success on Parks and Recreation, he is known for is phenomenal stand-up performances, as well as his original Netflix series, Master of None.

4.) Larry David

Larry David

Finally, the last East Coast comedian on our list is Larry David. Born in Brooklyn, New York, David began his stand-up career while managing three other jobs (he was a store clerk, limousine driver, and historian). In 1980 David became a writer for Fridays. After two short years on the show, David quit. Two years later, he became a writer for Saturday Night Live. Although he only worked at Saturday Night Live for one year, David gained a lot of inspiration for his future show, Seinfeld, as well as meeting many future Seinfeld stars. Then, in 1988 David co-created Seinfeld with comedian Jerry Seinfeld. Seinfeld ran for nine seasons, and is one of the greatest television shows of all time. After Seinfeld, David created Curb Your Enthusiasm, where David, as well as many other celebrities, played fictionalized versions of themselves. Curb Your Enthusiasm lasted for eight seasons. Currently, David appears on various television shows, as well as movies. Also, he occasionally performs stand-up at various comedy clubs.