Twenty six children between ages 7 to 14 have started intensive training in lawn tennis as part of a program organized by the SOS Children’s Village Liberia in collaboration with the Liberia Tennis Federation at the SOS Court in Matadi.
The training, which started since April 2015, is part of an annual partnership agreement between the two organizations under the theme: “Children and Youth Development.”
Eighty percent of the kids are from SOS High School, while the remaining twenty percent from Matadi and nearby communities.
The Chief Accountant and Deputy Country Director of SOS Children’s Village, Mr. Simon Tokpohozin said the partnership is part of the school’s vision.
Mr. Tokpohozin said the Village cares, develops and sustains abandoned and destitute children, by providing accommodation, food, education, health, including college education.
“This newly introduced sport, tennis, is part of their development and we are positive of turning them into stars like Sen. George M. Weah,” Mr. Tokpohozin stated.
He revealed that 10 outstanding students in the first year’s training would be awarded full year’s scholarships in any school of their choice.
“This our way of encouraging them to become passionate of the game and dream of one day representing Liberia in international competitions,” Mr. Tokpohozin noted.
For his part, Mr. Adolphus Wade, the president of LTF said two Level 1 coaches (John Wreh and Tamba Wollie) are assigned to the school to assist the Physical Education department in the endeavor.
Mr. Wade meanwhile appealed to Liberians and foreigners to help support the development program to train at least 100 kids.