SIAYA, Kenya- Former US President Barack Obama is scheduled to open the Sauti Kuu Sport, Resource and Education Centre in Alego, Siaya County on his first trip to the country since leaving White House mid next month.
The centre founded by his sister, Dr. Auma Obama boasts of an international standard size football pitch, basketball court, a volleyball court besides having a library, Information Technology lab and will be opened on July 16.
“I’m so happy to finally inaugurate this centre after three years of hard work.
“The space will serve as a safe physical space for children, youth and their families to meet and interact regularly while participating in different sports and learning activities,” Dr. Auma remarked in a press statement released Thursday.
The football pitch was made possible by support from the German Ministry for Development Cooperation while basketball outreach program Giants of Africa helped develop the basketball facility.
“Given that his own mission under the Obama Foundation is to inspire and empower people to change the world, his attendance at this event at our ancestral home, where our father was laid to rest, is of great significance to me.
“I’m forever grateful for his support to help me realize my vision. This is just the start, we hope to be able to replicate our work in other parts of Kenya and Africa,” she added.
Obama who visited Kenya in July 2015 as his second term neared a close has roots in Ahero where his father, Barack Obama Sr hailed remains a keen enthusiasts of sports, particularly golf and basketball.
He hosted a string of national champions in his tenure at the White House including the New York Yankees (baseball), Cleveland Cavaliers (basketball), New England Patriots (American football) as well as the US National Men’s Football Team that played at the Brazil 2014.
-Report by Martin Njuguna for SportPesa News