Friday, September 6, 2013

Sponsor A Team: From Suffield, CT to Barombi, Kumba

This summer, CFDP has started this cool, new initiative called “Sponsor A Team.” Our goal is to encourage soccer teams in the United States to sponsor a team in Kumba by donating uniforms, balls, and other sorts of equipment that is necessary for a team to operate, but extremely difficult to access in Cameroon. In return, we want to thank donors in the US by fostering some sort of cultural exchange by putting Cameroonian coaches in touch with their American sponsors, creating pen pal friendships between players of partnering teams, sending photos to American teams to display on their websites, etc.


As part of this initiative, we presented MBS FC of Kang-Barombi community in Kumba, one of the strongest teams participating in CFDP’s Youth Enrichment Football League, with a set of uniforms donated to CFDP by the Suffield Soccer Club of Suffield, CT. (The full set has actually not yet arrived in Cameroon, but MBS FC have received one jersey that is representative of the entire set.) For CFDP, we see it as a gift from the community of Suffield to the community of Kang-Barombi. Kinda cool, right? 

Check out the video and pictures below:

video


On the left is Emmanuel, the coach of MBS FC and a close friend of mine. He is a good person and a passionate leader.



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