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All Set For Obama-Led Sauti Kuu K’Ogelo Centre Launch

A football pitch that was under construction at the Sauti Kuu Sport, Resource and Education Centre in Alego, Siaya County on March 2016.PHOTO/COURTESY
A football pitch that was under construction at the Sauti Kuu Sport, Resource and Education Centre in Alego, Siaya County on March 2016.PHOTO/COURTESY
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NAIROBI, Kenya- All is set for the grand opening of Sauti Kuu Sport, Resource and Education Centre in Alego, Siaya County where retired US President and local son, Barack Obama will lead a cast of international celebrities to the occasion on Monday (July 16).

American television talk show queen, Oprah Winfrey is among the global icons who could attend what is billed to be the colourful launch of the multi-purpose recreation facility that has taken over a decade to set up.

Speaking to SportPesa News on Thursday, Sauti Kuu Foundation founder, Dr. Auma Obama- the sister of the 44th President of the United States who famously rode on his official Cadillac, The Beast on his last Kenyan visit in July 2015- said she has partnered with a number of local and international federations to improve sports at the multimillion complex.

“Associations that have come on board include US National Basketball Association (NBA) League that will give direction on how to improve basketball at the resource centre.

“We look forward to doing amazing things with NBA.Our other basketball partners are Giant Of Africa (GOA) that is run by Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri,” Auma underlined.

Ujiri, who is also the GOA founder, plans to infuse local flavour into the design aesthetic of the basketball structures to feed into the vibrant youth culture of each African country.

Locally, the Kenyan Premier League, Kenya Table Tennis Association and Kenya Volleyball Federation have joined hands to support their disciplines at the institution that has currently enlisted 470 children.

“There is a lot of interest from other federations and we will consider them once we embrace other sport disciplines.

“Our plan for games now revolves around boxing, table tennis, volleyball, football and basketball,” she underscored.

Auma noted that she decided to include sports as part of recreational activities at the center in order to help the children cultivate a sense of team spirit.

“Sports will help the children to be active and confident. We are not trying to mould a Ronaldo or Messi but to make the youngsters have an all-round development that boosts their physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing,” she highlighted.

Apart from engaging in games, the children will get access to books to read to that will aid their growth in languages as well as expand their knowledge on local and global affairs.

The foundation will also act as a vocational center where the children will learn life skills lessons ranging from plumbing, mechanics, agriculture, animal husbandry among others.

“This resource center is just a pilot study, my aim is to develop five of these across Kenya before I spread my wings to other African countries,” Auma said.

Golf prizes

Meanwhile, the Foundation has organized a golf tournament dubbed EAGLES Charity Golf Cup to be held on Sunday at Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club in Nairobi.

The proceeds from the contest that has attracted 100 players from Nairobi and its environs will be used to support the foundation work.

There will be auction during the competition where bidders will have the chance to purchase memorabilia signed by Obama.

A BMW X6 from Simba Colt Motors will also be awarded to a lucky golfer who manages to sink a hole-in-one at the pristine course.

The golfers also stand to win Bavarian Oktoberfest Beer Mugs and a bracelet from fashion and creative hub Penny Winter.

The participants will also have the opportunity to take part in a raffle with the prizes on offer being two Kenya Airways business class tickets to Mauritius, two nights’ double accommodation from the hosts Windsor and a Samsung S9 phone.

The EAGLES Charity Golf Cup is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 in Munich. It currently counts 129 well-known personalities who participate at its events for a good cause.

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