-Takes Juveniles Off Streets Through Soccer
A Lagos-based pastor, youth developer and sports philanthropist, Dawodu Olatunji has taken a massive step towards taking kids and adolescents in Mushin area of the metropolis off the streets and away from social vices by sponsoring a football competition to keep them buy.
Olatunji explained that he decided to sponsor the competition in order to address youth restiveness, gang wars and vices in Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State.
While also disclosing that other sporting events would also hold alongside the soccer tourney, Olatunji also stated that he drew inspiration to organise the tournament from the importance of sports in engaging youths gainfully.
Olatunji, an area pastor of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Stated further that sports were a powerful tool to harness youths’ potential positively, adding that his target was realistic.
“We have lots of sports programmes through which we can engage the youths of Mushin effectively and take them out of vices.
“By April we are organising an Open Talent Hunt Football Competition which will involve all youths in the Mushin locality. We are inviting coaches from all over the federation to assist in discovering these talents.
“All Mushin youths are invited as there are no participation fees to be charged. It is for youths to engage themselves. The Mushin Local Government Council will also have a chance of selecting footballers out of the contestants for future endeavours.
“The talent hunt will take place at Bishop Aggrey School, Mushin and will be open to all; what they need to do is just to come and showcase their talents.
“We are starting with a football competition in April but will extend to other sports soon. We have plans of getting youths involved in other sports such as athletics, table tennis, swimming, tennis and others.
“The programme will attract other sports coaches from all over the federation. It could provide the answer to how we can move the nation forward,’’ Olatunji said.