A former US Collegiate soccer player, Octawie Tah has launched a youth sports academy, aimed at training and teaching children from ages 8 – 14 years, to reach their potential in sports, including education as well as providing them with confidence, promoting peace and teamwork.
The NationOne Sports Academy, with the vision is under the motto: “We are who we are.”
According to Tah, the NationOne Academy is a non-profit organization (NGO) whose mission is to provide Liberian youth the chance to attend school and extend their education – a chance they may not have otherwise.
He said recruitment for the children would be done soon all over the country, including villages where the level of education is not high.
National Director J. Melton N. Yoko and Chairman Rev. Samuel Enders in separate remarks said the academy cost about US$190,000 and would be erected with staff and guest facilitators.
“Once admitted to the program, these special students will live at the NationOne facility where the staffs will able to care for them. We will help every aspect along the way and teach them life skills in the classroom and on the field,” Yoko said.
He added: “NationOne Academy is being established in Liberia to discover and nurture future role models. We provide young, talented Liberians the opportunity to achieve their potential and the capability to claim a better future. The Academy will focus on the development of student athletes through education, sports and character development.”
Rev. Enders said: “The objective is to develop high performance student athletes, capable of building successful careers as a professional. We aim to develop student athletes with good education and sound character. We believe our graduates will be Liberia’s future.”
President Tah indicated: “With the help of foreign partners and our own people, including the government we will provide a balanced education guided by the objective of developing critical, engaging minds, capable of achieving academic success and understanding its application to life beyond classroom.”
Tah added: “We will deliver a combination of local and international curriculum, with a range of cores subjects, including English, Math, Science, French, Development Studies, PE and History as well as provide a graduate pathway for students with strong academic potential to have the opportunity to further their education.”