December 28, 2014

Happy New Year

Our Mission is to give HOPE for a better future. 

During this time of the year, we reflect on the greatest gift of hope; the birth of Jesus our Savior!  Through Jesus, there is hope for our world; hope for even the most vulnerable.  

The Suba Lakers Football Club continues to serve the most vulnerable in the area around Mbita, Kenya.  Our goal is to provide opportunities for girls to develop their God-given talent in football.  Yet our goals go way beyond football.  We desire to see each girl build positive self-esteem, have good character, stay in school and grow spiritually. 

Over the past year we have seen how a little bit of hope has gone a long way...

15 primary, 30 secondary and 7 college students participated in the club's various activities.

9 girls finished primary school; 8th grade.  (In Mbita District, only 43% of girls complete primary school.)

6 girls finished secondary school; 12th grade.  (In Mbita District, only 16% of girls complete secondary school.)

6 primary girls were selected to play at Nationals, and WON, creating history!! (read the story)

2 secondary girls led their school team to qualify for Nationals! (read the story)

It is our prayer that the club will continue to provide hope to these girls.  While developing their football skills and participating in tournaments to gain competition experience, great focus is also placed on each girl continuing their education and finishing secondary school! Read a letter of gratitude written by some of our girls in secondary school.

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We are grateful for all who have supported the club's activities in the past.  Our dedicated officials are working hard to explore partnership opportunities within Kenya but we still need your continued support!

December 10, 2014

December Break Friendly Match

In Kenya, the long school holiday falls during the last couple of weeks in November and continues through the entire month of December.  This provides the club with a lot of time to work with the girls, especially the ones that are usually away boarding at their various secondary schools. This time gives the girls positive activities to keep them occupied, catch up with old friends, stay in shape, and continue developing their soccer skills.  We also try to utilize this time to teach the girls some life skills and help them grow in other ways.  
This past week, after the club had some excellent training sessions with the girls, they traveled to Nyamira (about 3 hours from Mbita) for a high profile friendly match.  Their competition was with a team that used to play in the Kenya Women’s Premier League, the Sotik Queens.  
The Suba Lakers thrashed the Queens 5-0.  

It was a match to behold.  The Lady of the match was Dorothy Adhiambo.  The soon to be 4th year secondary school girl from Mfangano Island scored twice in the first half to give the Lakers an insurmountable lead.  Other goal scorers on the day were Alicent, Emily and Belinda who moved up from her defensive position to play the right forward position.  Primary school 8th Grader Lencer Adoyo was brilliant in the defense.  
Everything went well and the girls went home very happy to celebrate Christmas with their families.  We thank God for his blessings throughout this year!