Sports Activities as an Educational Tool
Why did we decide to include sport in our goals?
- as an extracurricular activity included in the school activities it
allows on one hand to lighten the days of students,
giving them a few hours of leisure and relief compared to the frontal lessons,
and on the other hand to work as a team, to support each other. In this way it favors the overcoming of the divisions of
tribal or ethnic character present in the societies from which
- it is an intense mental activity made up of concentration,
critical thinking and self-assessment that allows each student to
gain greater awareness of their abilities, their own
limits and passions;
- it is a road that offers many possibilities for development
future of our students' careers. With excellent performance
scholarships can be obtained in the national youth championships
national and international studies, which would allow to follow the
passions and obtain an excellent higher education
despite the economic difficulties that many of them face.
We don't want to rule out any sports, our girls play
basketball, soccer, volleyball, badminton, chess and running, and every year
add new activities to the already long list. The only limitation is
represented by the scarce availability of equipment
and coaches / former players who can lead
female students and students in learning the rules and
Up to now we have been able to give our support especially in basketball,
since Mattia, a former player, coached the school team during the course
of the first visit to the Irene School and continued this activity too
the following year with the support and donations from San Paolo Ostiense.
Basketball Field "Emanuela Camiolo"
In addition to coaching the girls for three months and assisting the coaches with
suggestions and exchanges of experiences, it was possible with the generous
contribution of the APD San Paolo Ostiense to provide the school with 8 balls of
basketball, 40 tracksuits and 40 pairs of basketball shoes. They also
made two fundraisers to finance the construction of a golf course
basket, in which they collected 20% of the amount needed to start the
project. With the support of the German company Ahner Landschaftsarchitektur, which has experiences in the construction of
sports facilities, the project for the basketball court was developped and the most suitable materials were chosen.
The main goal is to be able to collect the funds needed to build the basketball court at the Irene School in
Maralal, in northern Kenya, and start the works that will last about
two months. The field will be dedicated to Emanuela Camiolo, wife of
our president Enrico Tocci, who in memory of her decided to join the
our association and has an indispensable and fundamentally important role.
Among the various ideas for the future, there is the possibility of creating
a sailing school on the shores of Lake Turkana with the support of
Francesca, one of the founders of STORM Project, enchanted by
unspoiled nature and the affection of local children and young people.
Do you have an idea, a project to propose or simply want to help?