Ben Cohen, MBE, is among the world's greatest athletes. He is an England Rugby World Cup champion, and second in all-time try scoring for his country. In May 2011, Mr. Cohen retired at the top of his game to found the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation. As Chairman of the Foundation, Mr. Cohen travels worldwide speaking to students and businesses about the importance of character, respect and equality in creating a kinder world. The cause is close to his heart, as Mr. Cohen's own father was beaten to death when he stood up for an employee who was being attacked. Mr. Cohen has reached millions of people with his message through global media coverage, films and over 500,000 followers on social media. With his leadership, cities across the United States have passed StandUp declarations, calling for an end to bullying. Working with the UK Home Office, he has led the charge for the StandUp Charter to end homophobia across sports in his country, including broad adoption (4,500 professional teams) to date in soccer, rugby and tennis.
About the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation
The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation is the world’s first foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying, and funding those doing real-world work to stop it. We stand up against bullying regardless of to whom it happens. We have a particular focus on real-world action through sports role models, promoting acceptance and diversity in sports as central to our mission. The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, a registered charity, is funded through donations generously given by individuals and companies. We are a highly collaborative organisation that helps connect communities to create a world of tolerance, understanding and kindness.
To book Ben for your next event on bullying and mental health issues, please contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent on 020 7251 8222 to discuss your requirements.
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