The Manchester United legend, 43, who established the Rio Ferdinand Foundation to support young people in disadvantaged communities, was awarded an OBE by the British monarch for his work.
He went to social media to address the praise in a long speech while thanking The Queen and those involved in the charity.
“I can’t take this on my own”: Rio Ferdinand, 43, gave credit to his “inspiring” mom as he shared his gratitude for being recognized on the Queen’s Birthday Honors list on Thursday.
Rio worked to raise awareness about breast cancer after his wife Rebecca died of the disease at the age of 34 in 2015, which was tragically followed by the death of his mother, Janice St Fort, due to the same disease at the age of 58 in 2017.
In a video posted on his Instagram, Rio began: “I want to say a huge thank you to the queen and everyone who put me on the honor roll for this year.
‘But I can’t sit here and take this award on my own, I think the support I’ve received from all the people within the foundation has played their part, including the young people who have been helped.’
Honor: Rio, which established the Rio Ferdinand Foundation to support young people in disadvantaged communities, was rewarded by the British monarch for his charitable work (The Queen pictured on Thursday)
Sweet: He explained: My mom (Janice St Fort, pictured) was the inspiration behind this foundation. I looked her up, her willingness to help other people.
He continued: ‘My mother was the inspiration behind this foundation. I looked up at her, her willingness to help other people, the desire and desire to change people’s perspectives and life according to opportunities.
‘Having the will and desire to do that and keep pushing. Continue to ask corporations, different councils, parliamentarians to help young people have dreams and the opportunity to help make those dreams come true.
“No matter how big or how small but having that one dream in your life, we feel it’s very important for everyone who walks this earth to have something to focus on and really aim for.
‘But you also need a framework, the structure to do that and that’s what our foundation is about.’
Tragically: Rio worked to raise awareness of breast cancer after his wife Rebecca (pictured) died of the disease at the age of 34 in 2015, which was tragically followed by the death of his mother, Janice St Fort, due to the same age of 58. in 2017
Incredible: He said, “It doesn’t matter how big or how small, but to have that one dream in your life, we feel it’s very important for everyone who walks this earth to have something to concentrate on.”
The former footballer went on to talk about his education as he added: “It’s important to deal with the community I grew up in, in Peckham, South London, it was a huge part of shaping who I was and who I am.
‘All the people who have played a role in my life growing up, but also that community must be very pleased also about these kinds of awards. Without that community, without Peckham, I wouldn’t do this.
‘Having the career I had too gave me the foundations to go out and realize dreams, to travel the world playing football and the leverage to be able to lay a foundation and continue what we have been doing for ten years.
He concluded: ‘More than 10,000 children have been through it and are still going through it. We didn’t do that for these kinds of praises but when they come, it gives you a push to say “yes, I’m recognized for doing the right things”, so, I will continue and thank you very much. ‘
Rationale: He concluded: ‘More than 10,000 children have been through it and are still going through it. We didn’t do it for these kinds of praises.
Thanking: In a caption he added: ‘I am also very grateful for the efforts of all those involved in the Rio Ferdinand Foundation’.
Under the video, he also left a heartfelt message, adding: “I am also very grateful for the efforts of everyone involved in the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, especially Gary Stannett and Rhiannon Watts, who have worked with me in various roles since the Foundation. more than ten years, and Victoria Lowe who has led our work in Manchester for a number of years now.
This year’s recipients are said to reflect the “valuable” qualities of the monarch ahead of her Platinum Jubilee and have been recognized for their contributions to youth engagement, the environment and ongoing public service.
Speaking on the Jubilee list, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “This historic Platinum Jubilee is not just a celebration of the monarch but of the qualities she possesses.
‘The honors she gives this week reflect many of those qualities that have been invaluable from all walks of life and to communities across the UK.
– I pay tribute to all this year’s winners. Their stories of courage and compassion are an inspiration to us all. ‘
Recognized: This year’s recipients are said to reflect the monarch’s “valuable” qualities ahead of her Platinum Jubilee and have been recognized for their contributions to youth engagement.