Doc Lawson and Nyumah Johnson, 11, doing an exercise yesterday in West Point

Thirty-five (35) kids, including 10 girls and 25 boys, yesterday enjoyed two hours of soccer exercises led by Doc Lawson, president and chief executive officer of DonamiSport, at the West Point beach that linked the program with the ‘Follow the Water’ project launched recently by The Last Well.

A group picture with Doc Lawson and the participating kids at the end of the program

The Last Well is an initiative of Rev. Dr. Todd Philips to make sure that every Liberian community has a well that provides safe drinking water by the year 2020.

Mr. Lawson is a vice president for Last Well’s Liberia project. The project works along with Christian groups throughout the country to make safe drinking water available for all Liberians by that specific date.

DonamiSport works with the Young Men Christian Organization (YMCA) to introduce kids to sports and has been doing that for that last seven years in several communities in Montserrado, Bong, and Margibi counties.

‘Follow the Water’ is a recent project that ensures that healthy children deserve safe drinking water to follow up their dreams by using water as a means to ensure that no Liberian child dies of preventable diseases that originate from poor water.

The ten girls that participated in the soccer exercises with their footballs

Supported by West Point residents Josiah Toe and Aoliker A. Togbeh, the 35 kids went through several soccer exercises, including jumping jacks, dribbling the ball while in motion, group distribution of the ball, playing to become a team player, among others. Doc Lawson, a former Liberian soccer star in the United States Soccer League and an Olympian, led the exercises.

Each of the kids received a football, a tee shirt or jersey; and at the end of the program was entertained with juices, water, and popcorn.

The children commended Doc Lawson and his team for the exercises and expressed appreciation for the project. Mr. Lawson informed them that a soccer tournament is expected to be held at the venue in about two weeks.

Mr. Lawson told the Daily Observer that the program was to increase awareness in the community of the importance of safe drinking water because The Last Well is passionate about working with its partners to make safe drinking water available for all Liberians, particularly those in communities where safe drinking water is hard to find in the dry season.

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