Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford has been named in TIME magazine’s Next 100 list.
Rashford made the list for being someone who is helping to shape the future in recognition of his campaign work on child poverty.
Seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton was chosen by the weekly magazine to write the entry on the 23-year-old.
“By standing up for the most vulnerable in our society, and using his platform and influence to create positive change, Marcus inspired countless others to join him on this mission and cemented his status as a role model,” Hamilton wrote.
“In a year that showed us the power of working together toward a common goal, he was a galvanizing force behind uniting people across the UK in the effort to ensure no child goes hungry.
“His determination, resilience and persistence have been truly inspiring. I cannot wait to see how he continues this important work.”
Rashford was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honors for his work in fighting child food poverty in his home country over the past year, and he was also recognized with a special award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
He set up a petition calling for free school meals to be offered in England during school holidays, which reached one million signatures in October.
After huge public pressure due to the issue, the government agreed to offer extra support to hard-pressed families over the winter.
The full list of athletes, entertainers and political leaders can be found here: TIME Next 100.
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