The 2018 National High School Football and Kickball Championship was launched on Friday, May 11, 2018, in Gbarnga, Bong County, under the theme “Promoting Peace and Human Development through Sports.”
Over five hundred students from high schools in Bong County participated in a parade through the principal streets of Gbarnga prior to the indoor program organized by National High School Sports.
At the indoor program, Deputy Minister for Sports Andy Quamie officially launched the 2018 National High School Football and Kickball Championship on behalf of the Minister of Youth and Sports D. Zeogar Wilson.
He urged student-athletes not to limit themselves, as the tournament provides opportunities for education and to be scouted by county teams, junior national teams, and LFA club teams. The Deputy Minister also stressed that despite the opportunities through this national sports competition, students should always focus on their lesson.
Also, making remarks at the program, World Wide Mission School principal Ms. Victoria Dazie encouraged high schools to participate in the prestigious tournament, despite challenges they may face in preparation and transportation of their teams.
She shared her institution’s experience, including benefits of the competition, especially the increase in student enrollment from 250 students prior to the tournament to 500 students at the moment.
Mr. J. Cammue Dormea, Administrative Assistant, made welcome remarks on behalf of the Bong County Superintendent.
Representatives of sponsors that attended the official launch included Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), Orange Liberia, and Doxxbet Liberia Incorporated.
The sponsors pledged to fully support the sports initiative due to the impact it has had on the youth population since its inception, particularly the increase in student enrollment.
Later in the afternoon, two kickball and two football games were played at the David Kuyon Sports Grounds. In the first kickball game, N.V. Massaquoi defeated St. Peter’s Episcopal 11 – 5; LOIC Extension High School received free points due to the no-show from their opponents. In Game 1, football, N.V. Massaquoi, Bong County High School and Region 2 defending Champions, trounced St. Peter’s Episcopal 4 – 0 at a well-attended football match.
In the second football game, after a 1 – 1 result during regular time, LOIC Extension defeated Arthur Francis in a penalty shootout: 5 – 4.
The National High School Sports is an organization that uses sports as a platform to boost school enrollment and ultimately reduce youth illiteracy in Liberia. It harnesses sports and education as an inseparable component in support of youth development. The organization is managed by a team of sports administrators and veterans.
It may be recalled that the National High School Sports organized last year’s football competition in which World Wide Mission School, 2017 National High School Football Champions of Liberia, received a large trophy, US$7,000, 25 medals, and international travel opportunity to play against Ghana’s Regional high school champions, Adu Gyamfi Senior High School. World Wide Mission School lost to Adu Gyamfi 3–0 in Kumasi, Ghana.
The organizers wish to thank the Government of Liberia, particularly the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Youth and Sport, and sponsors for their support. The initial list of sponsors for the tournament includes CBL, Orange Liberia, NASSCORP (National Social Security and Welfare Corporation), LBDI (Liberian Bank for Development and Investment), NHA (National Housing Authority), Doxxbet Liberia Incorporated, LRA (Liberia Revenue Authority), Carter Center, LTA (Liberia Telecommunication Authority), and Total Liberia.