The total eradication of water-borne diseases in Liberian communities must lead to the observance of better recreation, including sports, Mr. Doc Lawson, president of Donamisports, said yesterday.
Donamisport is a United States based not for profit organization that provides support for grassroots sports development. Several communities, including New Kru Town, Clara Town, Slipway and communities in Kakata and Gbarnga have all benefitted from Donamisports’ grassroots sports initiatives.
Speaking to the Daily Observer yesterday at the end of a three-day soccer and kickball competition in his honor in the Township of West Point in Monrovia, Mr. Lawson said he was excited about the large number of kids who thronged Dosa field to enjoy the games.
“With a large number of kids it is encouraging to see them mingle with each other and sharing their skills on the field either in kickball for the girls or soccer for the boys,” he said.
Lawson said he is happy to continue to sponsor kids’ sports competitions to give them a place to get entertainment while enjoying each other’s company, as evidenced in the duration of the competitions.
He commended the organizers of the Special West Point YMCA-Donamisports League in his honor and assured the organizers, under coordinator Josiah Toe of his continuous assistance in the interest of the sports-loving kids of the township.
The special tournament began on Friday June 17, and continued last Saturday, concluding yesterday with all the semi-finalists and the two female kickball teams receiving trophies for their participation.
In the soccer finals, Jr. Nimba United FC defeated Africa 54 2-0 in an exciting match of 40 minutes; the goals were scored by strikers Ebenezer Wogbe and Eddie Bombo. In the semi-finals also were Real Madrid and Jorvino FC.
Other teams that participated in the tournament included Spartan FC (U-11), Jr. Africa 54 (U-11), Young Star (U-11), Tabella FC (U-11), Jr. Battle Field (U-11), Super Eagles (U-11) and Tito FC (U-11).
In the U-14 category were Africa 54, Power From God, West Point Barca and Real Tax.
In the female encounter BYC lll defeated Determine Girls 9-7 in three innings, after the first set of three innings tied at 6-6.
Meanwhile, Doc Lawson was gowned by the organizers, along with a certificate for his ‘distinguished’ support of sports in the township.
“We gown you today for your support to our youth in sports,” Josiah Toe, coordinator of the tournament, told him, adding: “We appreciate your contribution and encourage you to do more.”
Responding after the gowning ceremony, Doc Lawson said he was excited by the huge turnout of kids in the various sectors of the township.
“Our objective is to ensure that eradicating water-borne diseases in Liberian communities gives young people a chance to play sports, and we are committed to that,” he said.
Mr. Lawson is also the global goodwill ambassador of The Last Well, a Christian group based in the United States that is dedicated to providing safe drinking water to every Liberian community by the year 2020 along with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
At the occasion yesterday was Mr. Henry Browne, technical director at the Liberia Football Association (LFA), whose outfit has decided to collaborate with Donamisports to encourage more Liberian communities to participate in grassroots football as part of the LFA’s youth sports development.