News
 International
 National
 Embassy News
 Arts & Living
 Business
 Travel & Hotel
 Medical Tourism New
 Taekwondo
 Media
 Letters to Editor
 Photo Gallery
 Cartoons/Comics/Humor
 News Media Link
 TV Schedule Link
 News English
 Life
 Hospitals & Clinics
 Flea Market
 Moving & Packaging
 Religious Service
 Korean Classes
 Korean Weather
 Housing
 Real Estate
 Home Stay
 Room Mate
 Job
 English Teaching
 Translation/Writing
 Job Offered/Wanted
 Business
 Hotel Lounge
 Foreign Exchanges
 Korean Stock
 Business Center
 PR & Ads
 Entertainment
 Arts & Performances
 Restaurants & Bars
 Tour & Travel
 Shopping Guide
 Community
 Foreign Missions
 Community Groups
 PenPal/Friendship
 Volunteers
 Foreign Workers
 Useful Services
 ST Banner Exchange
  Letters to the Editor
Mandela's 100th Birthday Celebrated
Special Contribution
By Don E. Porter
Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Nelson Mandela was at the head of the line during the Apartheid era in the late seventies but, like many, he was incarcerated and for 27 years languished in prison. When released, he ascended to the presidency of South Africa.

Mr. Don Porter in the 70s was trying to get attention for Softball, to be played outside the playgrounds of the U.S. and eventually the Olympics. As he moved toward Africa and fertile ground for Softball, he was appointed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as were other international sporting bodies as to why Softball and other sports were being played by the white minority in South Africa while leaving black South Africans out of play. As a Korean War veteran and seeing the destruction of a country 30 years earlier, he was determined to help see that South Africa would survive.

His sport and others soon made gains for change but, not until the Mandela’s of South Africa brought about real and serious change. Fast forward, in 2009 in Lausanne, Switzerland (IOC’s home base) Porter was attending a conference, of course on the Olympics, and while sitting in the restaurant of the hotel, with his wife Jean, when the late IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch entered with none other than Nelson Mandela, Porter arose and Samaranch with Mandela came over and after introductions, Samaranch told Mandela of Porter’s quest and difficulties of bringing Softball back in to the Olympic arena. Mandela looked at Porter and said, “never ever give up, I didn’t”.

Mr. Porter’s book “Inclusion/Exclusion, Softball’s Olympic Odyssey” captures the above and many more of the trials and tribulations of the sport’s quest for Olympic inclusion. Attached is Porter’s book signing at USA Softball’s annual meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina and later he was signing books at the National Fastpitch Coaches Association conference in Las Vegas, where there were over 1200 attendees. Previous signings this year were at Lima, Peru, Osaka, Japan, Gaborone, Botswana. The book is available on Amazon and select book stores.



Related Articles
    "Put Late Dr. Kim Un-Yong Where He Belongs in ...
    “Why I Traveled Over 10 Million Miles”
    “A Sporting Life and the Forgotten War”
    Dr. Kim Un-Yong, "Father of Olympic ...
    “72 Hours in Pyongyang: How We Exited Gulag”
    "Incheon Remarkably Improved!"
    "Forgotten War" Hasn't Been Forgotten!
    "The Rebirth of City & Nation in Total Ruin"


The above writer, Don E. Porter, the Korean War's American veteran, serves as contributing writer for The Seoul Times. He has been serving as president of the International Softball Federation (ISF) since 1987. He can be reached at depcoop1@gmail.com

 

back

 

 

 

The Seoul Times Shinheungro 25-gil 2-6 Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea 04337 (ZC)
Office: 02-555-6188 Email:seoultimes@gmail.com
Copyrights 2000 The Seoul Times Company  ST Banner Exchange