We’ve been having sporadic soccer tournaments here for years. ASAPH sponsors the events. We form teams and play a series of games. One of my former students is a devoted Christian and goalie. He directed an ASAPH tournament this past summer and did it so well that I asked him to do another in December. He goes above and beyond his job description. He is deeply interested in the kids, and they have great respect for him. His name is Judes.
With Judes leading, we have set up…finally…a real soccer academy of sorts. We meet weekly now for Bible study, soccer rules and regulations, and social training. And we meet weekly to practice as well. Judes and another man are doing most of the work. It’s awesome to see men investing in the next generation of men.
Judes attended school up in a mountain community near here. There he played soccer and met a gentleman who I’ve heard much about but have yet to meet. The gentleman was born in Haiti, but retired from work in the US. He’s here now working with kids and has a soccer team of boys the same age as ours. They came here and played a match at one point, but it was informal. I was not able to attend. They invited us to their field on March 5th. We are planning to attend. It will be a first for a youth team here in Pasbwadòm…an away game. The school teams did it years ago. I think the ASAPH Academy of Football is on its way to making a great difference in the lives of kids.
One of my greatest pleasures is listening to the former students of the WFL school sit and share stories about their times in the school. The men always go back to the soccer tournaments we held after school. It was a time of growth for them, and bonding…and testing. Our prayer is for another generation to enjoy the same benefits and perhaps to an even greater degree.