Published On: Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014

Rugby Star Ben Cohen Trades Field for Dance Floor for a Good Cause

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Ben Cohen discussed the real reason he was spending so much time on “BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, ” which pairs professional dancers with celebrities; Ben longs to be in the public eye not for self-promotion, but to raise awareness for a foundation he started in the memory of his father, the Stand Up Foundation.

The World Cup runs in Ben’s family. He played rugby for England, who won the World Cup in 2003, and his uncle, George Cohen, also played for England when they won the Football World Cup in 1966. Ben continued to play rugby professionally in his years following the World Cup victory, but this came screeching to a halt when his father, Peter, was severely beaten breaking up a fight in a pub owned by Ben’s brother Justin in Northampton. Peter Cohen died of his wounds a few days later.

To commemorate his father’s brave stance that cost him his life, Ben Cohen started the Stand Up foundation to raise awareness about and to combat homophobia and bullying. Because of his work on this issue, Ben Cohen, although  he was married to a woman at the time, was inducted into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.

Ben Cohen says he intends to stay in the Strictly Come Dancing competition for as long as possible so people will be reminded of the Stand Up Foundation, to donate and to support its cause.

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