“A healthy mind, in a healthy body.”- Juvenal
The goal of Sejona Sports Foundation is to provide more opportunities for children and youth to be active via sports, primarily in Africa, for the purpose of fostering physical, mental, character and social development. Our initial focus is the country of Ghana, located in West Africa, where some schools still do not offer physical education as a subject, and there's a lack of school sports leagues.
Sejona Sports Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization in New Jersey, USA. It is also registered in Ghana as a nonprofit/NGO.
View our website at www.sejonafoundation.org
At Sejona Sports Foundation we recognize that sports not only benefits the individual by fostering a spirit of determination, teamwork, discipline, sportsmanship, etc, but also unites communities and inspires generations. The sports world has given us some of the world's most influential people, such as Muhammad Ali.
“We don't have physical education in my school.”—Isabella, a junior high student in Ghana.
Sports also provides a platform for athletically talented youth to showcase their abilities, which in turn leads to more educational and economic opportunities for some. Our sports events will serve to increase the odds of talented participants obtaining scholarships to further their education. Critically, education has proven to be the most powerful tool in combating poverty and developing students into more productive citizens.
The concept of the foundation was born when our founder/director, Seth Essien, visited Ghana after undergoing risky spinal surgery followed by 6 months intense rehabilitation due to injuries resulting from a car accident. His love for being physically active and sports heightened. Upon visiting numerous schools and seeing the sad state of sports facilities, and at times lack thereof, he interacted with students and staff and realized sports was drastically being underutilized as a youth development tool. There were also very few sports competitions for schools. The lack of youth sports leagues, as well as inter-school sports leagues was unfortunate, and critically children were getting an average of only 45 minutes of weekly physical education instruction in some schools. He was shocked to further hear from some students that physical education wasn’t a subject at their school. Seth, like our fellow directors Michael Troutman and Kamron Mitchell, benefited from engaging in youth sports leagues and high school varsity sports. Two of them went on to have stints on the Brown University Men’s Track and Field Team. These high school and university/college sports seasons lasted over a few months each, which allowed time for development in that sport.
Seth has been challenged not to shave or cut his hair until our $70,000 target is reached. Upon reaching this target, Seth will be spending significant amount of time in Ghana overseeing our work in 2017.
What we do:
Finance and organize single-school sports activity days with the aim of having every able-bodied child participate in some capacity.
Finance and organize inter-school sports competitions for interested schools or school associations.
Provide sports-related philanthropic support to schools and youth organizations via means such as providing sports equipment, and renting a suitable playing field for their use when necessary. Average cost of renting the stadiums in the cities of Cape Coast and Accra is $400 per day.
Work closely with public and private schools, orphanages, and youth organizations to teach students the rules, objectives, and skills involved in different sports.
Provide poor, distressed, and disadvantaged youth with the opportunity to learn and participate in sports for youth.
Words that come to mind when we think of sports: plan, train, practice, compete, execute, persevere, determination, achieve, improve, teamwork, inspire, develop, sportsmanship, team-building, communication, leadership, nutrition, physical fitness, discipline, and integrity.
Please donate to help us get children and youth more active, donate to help us inspire generations and bring communities together.
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.”- Dalai Lama