The President and Chief Executive Officer of DonamiSport, Doc Lawson has said that his objective to ensure an U14 Liberian soccer team at this year’s Dallas Cup in Dallas, Texas, (April 13-20, 2014) is to make the players ‘ambassadors’ to tell the world that Liberian youths have moved on from war to rebuilding their nation.
He told the Daily Observer yesterday in an interview in Monrovia that his organization is pushing the effort to give the U14 players the opportunity to profile Liberia’s image to the world in a positive way and thirdly, to offer them a chance to attend higher institutions either in Liberia or abroad.
He said there will be a selection process, after a series of competitions to get a 25-man team of players that will eventually reduce to the final 18-man team and with two coaches for the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup tournament in the United States.
“The final 18-man team will be the nucleus to begin the DonamiSports Academy that may be the eventual culmination of our agenda,” he said.
He explained that DonamiSport’s initiative involves both sports and education aspects, which will provide a career path for young people in their search for a better future.
“The 18-man team of players will receive opportunities either in Liberia or abroad, specifically the United States and Canada, in both sports and college,” Doc Lawson, who arrived in the country, last Friday, after several months in the United States, said.
He noted that the primary objective of the program is to develop positive character, and for the young people to provide role models for other young people, as Liberia strives to rebuilds its human capacity.
He urged the Government of Liberia to demonstrate maximum interest in his organization’s initiative and pointed out that meetings are scheduled with the Liberia Football Association and the Ministry of Youth and Sports for further discussions on the forthcoming participation of Liberia in the historic Dallas Cup tournament in Dallas, Texas, United States.
Meanwhile, he revealed that DonamiSport’s 2014 youth league, which begins in late March, will involve teams in Lofa, Grand Kru and locations in Monrovia, including G. W. Gibson, and PHP Community.
He explained that he is targeting nearly 6,000 kids, one thousand more than the pilot edition last year.