It was a long day. Or rather, a long week. Clearing customs was a challenge, as it always is, but we managed to get the materials through in tact. After that, it was just a question of getting the uniforms into the hands of the kids.
We had several meetings with coaches and league managers and finally decided on a day and location. We picked a stadium at Yoff- the same place I saw so many games in my youth. We invited a long list of dignitaries to come and hand out uniforms to the teams. And of course, we invited the young players.
It was a great show. Pape and Chiekh came and performed and there were numerous demonstrations, including some great martial arts by a local club. The Tv crews were there and so were a few representatives from the various radio stations in Dakar.
If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together.
– African Proverb
Everything went so well, we didn’t have a chance to get a picture of the kids in uniform before dark. So we invited all the kids back the next day to play some games and pose for a picture that would make ol’ Tim Horton’s proud.
All the kid’s then signed a Senequip banner that a local artist had generously donated. It was a one of those moments that stays with you for a long time afterward.