Supporting a Home-Grown Role Model Teaching Tennis in Kenya
Organized by: Jeffrey Walcott
Bobby Ochieng Odhiambo is a tennis coach in Kisumu, Kenya. Situated on the shores of Lake Victoria, Kisumu is the third largest city in Kenya and the poorest. Bobby knows all about growing up in poverty. He hails from the notorious slum in Nairobi, named Kibera and only started in tennis after his family couldn't afford to send him to school. He used the sport to lift himself out of poverty, and now pays it forward by spending his weekends organizing free training sessions and tournaments for children that otherwise couldn't afford to play. His work is incredibly important, as it provides these children with skills and goals that will help them later in life. But Bobby struggles to continue the lessons because everything has to come from his own modest income. He gives up a day's wages just to teach these children, and during tournaments he buys food for everyone to eat and provides the tennis balls and rackets. The money raised here will help buy equipment, such as tennis balls and strings for rackets, and will help to support the weekly lessons where he has to hire coaches to help, as they cannot afford to otherwise give up a day's wages.