New Foundation To Support Indigenous Youth
17 November 2010 at 1:39 pm
The tragic loss of a sports mad Melbourne teenager has been the impetus to help provide support and encouragement for disadvantaged youngsters to get involved in sport, especially indigenous youth.
A philanthropic Foundation has been set up to honour the life of 14- year old Reagan Milstein who died earlier this year after a tragic accident while scuba diving in Malaysia. Reagan was returning home to Australia after living his dream – attending the Soccer World Cup in South Africa with his father Kevin.
|Reagan Milstein, at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa|
His family says that despite intensive care in Singapore and then back in Melbourne Reagan never regained consciousness and passed away on 22nd July 2010.
Reagan was born on 25th November 1995 and was the youngest of 5 children born to Tamara and Kevin and the launch is taking place on what would have been Reagan’s 15th birthday.
Kevin Milstein says his son had an incredibly gentle and loving nature and was always looking for ways to help people, particularly those who were disadvantaged or underprivileged.
He says it is with this in mind that The Reagan Milstein Foundation was born.
He says the aim of the Foundation is to offer financial and moral support to Australian youngsters who may not have the opportunity or financial resources to play sport or be involved in a sports club.
The Foundation will pay particular attention to Indigenous Australian youth.
More specifically, Kevin Milstein says the focus will be on the development of indigenous football (soccer) players and coaches and will also help fund associated equipment.
The Foundation also plans to make a contribution to the North Caulfield Maccabi Junior Football Club (NCMJFC), a team for which Reagan played passionately every weekend and developed into a talented player.
Kevin Milstein says that while the Foundation has been created to help those in need, it is also hoped that it will keep the memory of Reagan alive in the community and allow them as a family to fulfill those expectations Reagan placed on himself to make a difference in the lives of others.
The Reagan Milstein Foundation has been created with the help and support of the Football (soccer) Federation Victoria (FFV).
A website is being set up to provide information about the Foundation.