Chevron-Liberia paid the cost of the shipment as part of its corporate social responsibility. Chevron has signed a three-year agreement with the Government of Liberia to explore oil in three deep-water concessional areas. The Young Men Christian Association, YMCA, has received a consignment of sports equipment of shorts, socks, training bits and kit
s, trophies, fitness tools, among others, valued at about US$300,000.
The YMCA’s national Secretary
General and Chief Executive Officer E. Edward Gboe, in an exclusive interview yesterday said the equipment is to complement government’s sporting program and develop a national sports program. The shipment is from BSN Sports, North Texas State Soccer Association and the Bobby Moffart Sports, through DonamiSport, of Doc Lawson. He revealed that the YMCA-Liberia will partner with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) to revamp basketball for upcoming basketball players in the leeward counties. Gboe said YMCA-Liberia will provide trophies for the winners in the Up-Country Basketball Tournament, at the William V. S. Tubman-Gray School’s auditorium in Gbarnga, Bong County from October 31-November 4 amongst 16 schools.
He said the YMCA will also provide materials for the kickball and football editions of the Up-country tournament.“We will appeal to the Ministry of Youth and S
ports to allow us to manage the gymnasium at the Sports Complex, where athletes and interested Liberians can take advantage of.”He added: “We are contemplating on opening a sports store, where institutions and organizations can buy quality materials at affordable prices. Those institutions and organizations will automatically be a member of the YMCA before buying at our sports store.”
President and CEO of DonamiSport, Doc Lawson, who is a technical resource person for the National Soccer Program, (YMCA Youth Soccer League) said the tourney will focus on children between the ages 10-15. The football technician said eight communities in two counties have been selected to kick-off what he called the ‘Pilot Project.’ He named some of the communities as Slipway, Duport Road, Waterside (all in Montserrado County); Duozon, Unification Town, Kakata (all in Margibi County).
Meanwhile, Secretary General Boe revealed that One World Futbol has paid the shipment of additional 5,000 balls from China to Liberia to be distributed to communities.
Accordingly, One World Futbal Project will be providing virtually-indestructible footballs to in-country partners in Liberia that are capable and interested in distributing them across the entire nation, so that every child in Liberia will have access to become a sustainable player in his or her life. “Using a ratio of one ball for 20 children, we can donate enough balls to achieve this momentous goal. But we cannot do it alone,” One World Futball Project told YMCA-Liberia in a letter, dated June 3, 2012 through its resource staff member, Doc Lawson.