Saturday business was not as usually at JOMO KENYATTA University as the Sparrows, lead by officials, did an open demonstration of flag football and tackle to football fans and potential players who were wooed by the stories of individual players. How football as a sport had changed their life and some even switching from other disciplines to play American football.
This event was organised to focus on creating football awareness, not within the borders of the university, but to public domain as well. Education doesn’t discriminate between the young and the old neither to gender. We borrowed the same analogy and we talked to everyone we could reach about the beauty of the sport and its benefits. From students, kids, outsiders, even our professors. They focused on getting support from each and every direction.
This did yield as it saw the field flood with men, women, boys, girls, ladies and gentlemen who believed they have a chance to learn and build their character through American football. section of new players
All players who enrolled where subject to standard conditions similar to NFL combine, though of lower magnitude as intensity on the day would scare them from showing up. Later a lecture from high profile guest who had been invited, this was mainly on football rules, to talk about player safety and how to build a career in sports.
We had a chance to interview one of the recruits and this what he had to say. “Perception is a bad diseases. I didn’t know much about the sport, but used to think it’s a very dangerous sport, and so used to distance myself. Today after the demo, cone drills and a bit of 7 on 7 flag football I have loved the game and want to be part of it as long as I live.”, He had this to add, “those who want to join please do, you are missing a lot.”
JKUAT becomes the first American football team in Kenya to recruit and try out on ladies. The event organiser said, “Reason for so doing, flag football doesn’t discriminate as long as you are an athlete you have a chance. Sports is a universal language. We should all embrace the beauty of sports and support it fully. We look forward to see more people joining us on this quest.”
This is what one of the ladies had to say, “Am happy to be part of this great movement, this is the only sport that caught my interest, its unique and has a lot to offer, being the first group, we want to challenge other female students to come have fun, the opportunity is here.”
In addition the primary team that JKUAT sparrow’s leaders train was in attendance and they had great fun as most of it was well spelt on their faces.
Music was part of the event to entertain and motivate the crowd. This was to maximise on the audience. If you are not playing then you are our fan thus building a huge fan base of football.
The event organisers had less to say as emotions run high. “Its first of a kind and we have a mazing numbers. We expected less and we are flown by the attendance. Will continue to use sports as a tool of social change.”
SPECIAL GRATIDUDE TO the Captains (Malcolm, Bonnie, Newton & Sam). Other organizers; Mark Omondi, Kishoyan, Felix Ososi (Rambo), Senator, Conrad and the Coach Teddy.