Tunza Academy has been officially launched in Kisumu County.
The state-of-the-art academy will cater for the needs of the less privileged and vulnerable children in the rural parts of Kenya.
Speaking to Sports Review Kisumu the President of the Academy Miss Raquel Otieno emphasized the need to empower the girl child through sports and education.
“Tunza Sports Academy is a movement that provides Charity with Dignity. We believe that everyone has something to give and therefore including them in the process raises their self-esteem giving them pride and a sense of ownership to whatever is donated for their well-being.
We want to move away from enabling dependency by not defining poor as needy, rather as participants who benefit in a process that provides them with tools of growth. Balancing between self-drive and self-sacrifice, our mission is to harnesses the power of sports empower youth with life-changing skills for socio-economic development to end the cycle of poverty and institute a cycle of giving back” she says.
The academy will not only be limited to field hockey but has also introduced boxing and in the future will introduce football, athletics and a unique game of Lacrosse, not known to many in Kenya. It is the oldest organized sport in North America.
” In a few months, we expect to introduce lacrosse, with coaches coming from the USA. We also want our players to perform well in class and with good grades, earn education scholarships all the way into college. ” concluded the academy president.
Miss Otieno who is motivated by her compassion for people and passion for sports dreams of empowering the rural child and ending the inheritance of poverty from their parents who are not able to cater fully for the needs of their children.