When a professional sportsman retires, it’s usually to go into business, commentating or coaching but Ben Cohen has announced his retirement to start the worlds first anti-bullying organisation. Ben is currently visiting four cities in the U.S. as part of his Acceptance tour promoting acceptance, tolerance and a stance against bullying for what ever reason.
“To be honest, I would never have imagined my career was going to move in this direction after my professional rugby career, but here we are – it’s happening. It is incredibly exciting and we have so many plans in the pipeline to be able to make a difference. In my view, rugby is a very inclusive sport. Everyone can get involved in one way or another, so I will be using it as a vehicle to drive my message of acceptance out to people from all walks of life, everywhere. There is a lot of work to be done. Attitudes need to change. Young people should not be bullied into taking their own lives. That is what is happening and it needs to stop.”