GIFT: AKA, mom Lynn Forbes and the team. Photo: SUPPLIED

Rapper AKA is putting his money where his Mega mouth is by sponsoring a national Special Olympics athlete.

The hip hop superstar, alongside his mother, Special Olympic ambassador Lynn Forbes, committed to getting behind the organisation and adopting an athlete for the World Games this year.

Included in the Mitchell Plain star’s commitment is financial backing of R35 000 for one lucky athlete, in addition to Reebok leisure gear for the athletes.

This after Special Olympics South Africa officially launched the #BackOurTeam campaign, a call for all South Africans to get behind the national team on the “Road to Abu Dhabi”.

AKA - real name Kiernan Forbes - confirmed his ongoing support during a visit to the Special Olympics SA offices in Johannesburg.

The record number of 70 determined and inspirational participating athletes and Unified Partners, including the highest number of women yet to participate in a Special Olympics World Games, will compete across 11 venues in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, while the build-up to the Games will be a nationwide celebration, with the torch run taking place in all over the UAE.

GOOD HEART: Hip hop star AKA vannie Mitchells Plain. Photo: SUPPLIED

Through the “Adopt an athlete campaign”, Special Olympics South Africa are calling on companies and individuals to fund an athlete for R35 000.

The national Special Olympics team will depart from OR Tambo Airport on 7 March for the Summer Games, to be held from 14-21 March.

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