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Marcus Rashford is perhaps best known as Manchester United's star forward at the age of 24. Born on October 30th, 1997 in Manchester, England, he grew up with a passion for soccer and his athletic ability was unmatched from a young age. His massive success has propelled him onto the world stage, often portraying him as a role model for younger generations. Rashford, quite aware of the weight his words and actions carry sees it as an opportunity to improve conditions for thousands of children in the United Kingdom. During the Spring of 2020, while COVID-19 was ravaging through England with a mandatory lockdown imposed, schools were no longer providing free meals. Rashford teamed up with FareShare to provide lunches to local community centers, and school breakfast clubs to ensure children had access to meals. In June of 2020 he wrote an open letter to Parliament which spelled out the disgust he had with government for their blatant disregard for the starving children in England. The next day Parliament voted to extend the school lunches program, restoring access to meals for thousands of children.
Rashford is also known for his work in fervently speaking out against racism within the soccer community. The problem is widespread and although slogans such as, "United Against Racism" (Manchester United's official battle cry), it remains prevalent. In a 2020 Euro final game against Italy, Rashford missed a penalty kick and soon after the internet was flooded with racial hate speech. In the days following the incident, a mural of him in his hometown of Manchester was also defaced. Nonetheless, Rashford has remained a steadfast believer in looking ahead to change the future rather than stewing on the past. At 24, he has already impacted sports and influenced government for the better, and he still has plenty of time to solidify his spot in the hall of fame.