The chairman of Boakai Athletic League (BALE), Murvee Gray, wants Liberian youths to emulate the moral values of Vice-President Joseph N. Boakai. Mr. Gray is also the Assistant Minister for Sports at the Ministry of Youth & Sports.
“From a humble beginning he showed commitment to his dream and made sure that he bought the opportune time to sacrifice himself to education.
“Vice President Boakai, as a young man, demonstrated sincerity and with the fear of God sought advice from those who stood out as role models; and with God on his side, as God is with all of us, worked on his dream and became an exemplary scholar among his peers.
“Information about him said despite challenges that he faced, like those that young people face today, he did not allow them to side-track him. He kept his focus on his dream and worked on his studies day and night and made education part of his life. There is little wonder that with society on his side, with schoolmates, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the good qualities that he exemplified recommended him to the calling as a statesman; and we want young Liberians to emulate such qualities,” Gray explained last Saturday in Buchanan at a program marking the induction ceremony of officers of
Boakai Athletic League, which he (Gray) heads as president.
Gray said it is commendable that reports of corrupt practices that have inundated the Liberian society, and trapping men in high places, are not linked to Vice President Boakai.
“This suggests that Ambassador Boakai stands as an epitome of the value that Liberians must aspire for. Though a human with weaknesses like all of us, his exemplary character is worth trumpeting for Liberia’s good,” Gray said.
“To accomplish our objectives, BALE will use sports as a vehicle to get children to practice honesty, fair-play, respect for each other and self-initiative as some of the values.”
Gray said children must be helped to learn the importance of the joy that comes from hard work, the value of coexistence, appreciation for others, respect for self and authority, and honor for parents.
He noted that Liberian youths must examine VP Boakai’s life and use his determined spirit to succeed in the face of what seemed like a hopeless situation, and to recognize the fact that success is not by accident.
Gray assured members that exemplary leadership will help realize the objectives of the organization in preparing the future of Liberia.
Gray said his organization will establish chapters in all of Liberia’s 15 counties. As of yet, it has a chapter in Grand Bassa and Nimba counties respectively.
Those inducted into office for the next three years included Co-Chairman for Administration, Ansu Dolleh; Co-Chairman for Operations, Aldophus Jacobs; Secretary, J. Yourvor Kollie; and Treasurer, Ida F. Ajavon.
On Sunday, the day after the program, BALE organized a daylong friendly soccer and kickball match between county meet rivals, Grand Bassa and Nimba, at the Doris Williams Sports Stadium.
The Grand Bassa County female team defeated Christian High School 15 – 1points, while in football Nimba came from a goal down to defeat defending champions Grand Bassa 2-1.
Grand Bassa’s female side walloped County Meet defending champions Nimba County 8-1 points.
A return leg is planned for Ganta, Nimba County, in two weeks.
The Boakai Athletic League (BALE) was founded two years ago to bring back lost values that children need to grow up as productive members of the Liberian society.