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Kobe Bryant was in South Africa recently, but attending the FIFA World Cup wasn’t the only thing on his mind – he also took the time to visit several charity initiatives.

He spoke to CNN about the importance of using his celebrity to give back to those in need.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to come and see the World Cup and to come and see South Africa,” he said. “Even though I’m a basketball player, the messages remain the same because I was a kid just like they were — it’s all about accomplishing the dream.”

While in the country, he took the time to visit a new football centre that aims to provide life skills to 20,000 children through the game.

“I think it’s only right and it’s important that once you’ve reached a certain level you give back and you help the next generation of players and kids accomplish their goals too.”

To read his full interview, click here.

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