Thirty youth soccer and kickball teams will this Friday begin two three-day tournaments to honor Doc Lawson, president of United States based Donamisports, a not for profit organization that supports youth sports development in Liberia.
The tournaments are named West Point YMCA-Donamisport Youth League and they are also in appreciation of the contribution of Liberia’s YMCA towards the youths of the Township of West Point.
The tournaments will start on Friday, June 17 at 1:30 p.m., with Doc Lawson expected to take the kick off.
Mr. Lawson, also known among the youth population as Uncle Doc, is a retired United States MSL player and an Olympian who decided after his retirement to return to his native Liberia to give young children a chance to play sports.
For the last several years, he has returned to Liberia every year to mobilize communities in the townships of West Point, New Kru Town, Capitol By Pass, and teams in Gbarnga, Bong County, Kakata and Harbel in Margibi County to participate in both U-11 and U-12 football tournaments.
Donamisports provided equipment and uniforms for the tournament that benefited more than 300 young players in both categories.
He recently organized a one-day soccer tournament for three-year-olds on Duport Road, attended by more than 400 children who received a medal each at the end of the wholesome sporting day.
“Getting young Liberians to enjoy playing sport and to let them associate with each other joyously is more important to me,” Doc Lawson told the Daily Observer in an interview for this article yesterday.
He expressed appreciation for the forthcoming tournament that goes along with his philosophy to assist the most vulnerable people in Liberia – children.
“I appreciate the organizers for their efforts to complement the same philosophy that has brought me from the United States to lead Liberian kids into play sport,” Uncle Doc said.
According to the organizers, the three-day tournament will conclude next weekend, after the preliminary and the quarter-finals this Friday and Saturday.
Uncle Doc, who is also the global goodwill ambassador of The Last Well, has been visiting Liberia’s 15 counties to inspect wells dug by The Last Well for Liberians who are unable to get access to safe drinking water. The objective is to ensure that by the year 2020, every Liberian community is able to get to a safe drinking facility in no time.
Meanwhile The Last Well has hit a home run, with its newest partner, Water4, by completing 30 projects in record time in Grand Cape Mount County. The two organizations have reached more than 18,000 Liberians with the Gospel and clean water in just under two months.
Water4 utilizes a “manual drilling” technique that has allowed the two organizations to reach very remote areas with a year-round water source through a labor intensive process that is nonetheless extremely effective.
“Water4 is one of many excellent Christ-centered partners we serve alongside with in Liberia in our effort to reach all of Liberia with the Gospel and clean water by December 2020,” said Dr. Todd Phillips, president of The Last Well.