As a committed Muslim, New Zealand rugby superstar Sonny Bill Williams hopes to continue inspiring young Muslims, Pacific Islanders and his children, as he looks to grow as a person and leader, TV New Zealand reported.
“I know I didn’t have to study, but I want my kids to grow up to be whatever they want to be,” he said.
“They are Pacific Islanders and that stereotype probably doesn’t open all doors for them, but if they wanna step in that arena, I say I want them to do that, but I understand that education plays a process in that.
“But I don’t wanna be that guy who says ‘go and do that’ and they turn around and look at me and say, ‘Um, Dad, you dropped out of school at 14’.”
The All Blacks and Blues midfielder has also completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Management, with distinction, from Otago Polytechnic, as he balances life on and off the pitch.
He said from a young age he has always wanted to better himself and learn from his mistakes.
Born in 1985, Williams is a top-notch rugby star in New Zealand.
He is the only Muslim in the New Zealand squad, both in the Sevens and the XVs.
His conversion to Islam in 2008 took place after attending prayer services at a Sydney mosque.
Williams showed leadership after Christchurch mosque attacks, which left 51 worshippers dead, inviting New Zealanders to learn more about Islam.
He hopes to continue to inspire young Muslims and Pacific Islanders.