The 4 weeks YMCA U-11 and U-14 youth soccer leagues are expected to begin in twelve communities; nine in Monrovia, with three teams from Gbarnga, Bong County, Kakata, and Unification Town, Margibi County.
The leagues are supported by DonamiSports USA. Its founder and CEO, Doc Lawson, former Olympian and Liberian professional soccer player in the United States met with the 12 coordinators at the YMCA on Broad Street, Monrovia, last Friday.
The coordinators agreed to begin their two separate leagues from April 16-May 7 at their various communities. DonamiSports will provide jerseys, footballs, socks, among others, to all the participants.
Trophies will also be provided by DonamiSports, according to Doc Lawson.
The coordinators agreed to establish two separate teams, one for the U-11, which comprises of ages 9 – 10 and the U-14 comprising ages 12 – 13.
The communities whose coordinators were represented at the meeting were: Duport Road, (Eleazar Dagadu and Michael Hayes); New Kru Town (Aloysius Wiah Jr); Sinkor (V. Sheriff Bonokai); By Pass (Suah Wallace); and Camp Johnson Road (Anthony Kerkula and Magnus Flomo).
The rest are Matadi (Amos Reeves); Morris Kamara (Slipway); Josiah Toe (West Point); and two representatives from Clara Town.
The remaining three are Unification Town, represented by M. Jusu Sannho; Kakata, represented by Oliver Mondoi and Gbanrga, represented by Abu Musa Sirleaf.
Lawson said it is his organization, DonamiSport’s vision to ensure that “border to border, east to west, north to south, every child in Liberia will have access to recreation soccer and clean drinking water by the end of the decade, as we share YMCA Christian values.”
He challenged the coordinators to remember their responsibilities to their various communities in an effort to inspire children to realize their fullest potentials.
Lawson told the coordinators of the importance of the YMCA in developing young people, and said his partnership with YMCA is to give him access to the most effective organizations Liberia can boast of.
Now known as Uncle Doc, the DonamiSport founder said he is passionate about giving Liberian children gifts that can transform their lives.
Uncle Doc was recently appointed as Global Goodwill Ambassador by Dr. Todd Phillips, founder and CEO of The Last Well, dedicated to eradicating water-borne diseases in Liberia by 2020.