Doc Lawson, ex United States Major League Soccer (MLS) player of Liberian origin has called on Liberian parents to encourage their kids to play sports.
Known affectionately by kids as Uncle Doc, the Chief Executive Officer and president of United States based not for profit organization, DonamiSports, said he is happy to make his contribution to the happiness of kids in Liberia.
“We intend to organize similar happy moments for kids throughout the country,” Uncle Doc said. “We believe that kids need to play sports; and therefore, we need to keep their interest in sports.”
He told the Daily Observer last Saturday, when he held a fun game for 400 kids in Duport Road community, that the program will be bigger next year.
“My major interest is to give kids the moment of their lives, to be with each other as they engage in sports. I think it is an important experience for them,” he said.
Uncle Doc said his partners in the United States are passionate about helping Liberian children to simply have fun through playing soccer.
“I saw the excitement on the faces of all those 400 kids and I am satisfied that working with others, including the Liberia Young Men Christian Association, we were able to direct our energies to make those children happy.
“That’s why I think it is important for adults and parents in particular to remember kids and make them part of what they do for leisure,” Uncle Doc said.
He said he is grateful to few volunteers who joined him and worked hard to give the kids the best experience of their young lives.
DonamiSports/YMCA provided jerseys and medals for all 400 kids who participated in the one day soccer jamboree. The kids’ ages ranged from three to seven.
Recently, more than 10 communities in Monrovia, Kakata and Gbarnga concluded U-12 and 14 soccer tournaments under the sponsorship of DonamiSports/YMCA.
DonamiSports, he said, use sports as a vehicle to get kids to play with each and to develop the ability to work together as teams, an invaluable asset for their development as members of the Liberian community.
Doc is also the global ambassador for The Last Well, a US based organization that is determined to provide safe drinking water, alongside the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for all Liberian communities by 2020.