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Throughout the world, rugby generously gives back to the community with youth-oriented programs and local charitable efforts. One of the most successful is the Serge Betsen Academy outreach in the country of Cameroon, West Africa.  Using rugby as the prime focus, five centers in that nation provide health, education, and sport to underprivileged children.

Betsen was born in Cameroon, and moved to France when he was nine. He excelled at rugby from an early age and, eventually, played for the French national team as flanker. He achieved 63-caps for Les Bleus, and also captained the side. A fierce tackler, he earned the nickname La Facueuse (The Grim Reaper). He was named the World's Best rugby player in 2002.

In 2004, Betsen capitalized on his rugby popularity in France and England to raise funds and start the first center in Cameroon. Since then, he opened four additional centers, the most recent in  the town of Baganté, four-hours from the capital city of Yaoundé.

To see first hand the wonderful programs implemented by the Academy, view the video at

If you are interested in making a donation to the Serge Betsen Acaedemy, offering a sponsorship, or considering some volunteer work, please contact in Washington, DC:

Odile Prévot

Telephone: (202) 769 8543