Thursday, March 16, 2017

Huge Turnout for First 2017 Sadili 8-Series Tournament

On Saturday 11th March 2017 a record of eighty-one kids gathered at Sadili Oval and the Kibera Tennis Court for the 8-series Junior Tennis Challenge 1. This was the first tournament since 2017 began and the kids, mainly from Kibera and part of the Court of Dreams programme, braved the hot sun in Nairobi to showcase their talents.

The tournament, run under a Sadili/International Inspiration partnership, was sponsored by Wilson Sporting Goods, Sadili Oval and Comic Relief among others.

The following are the results:

U-6 Boys
Blue Team
Eugene Michael vs Lawrence Opiyo 6/7
Eugene Michael vs Ramsey Fred 10/11
Lawrence Opiyo vs Ramsey Fred 11/10
Ramsey Fred vs Joseph Odhiambo 11/10
Joseph Odhiambo vs Eugene Michael 4/11
Lawrence Opiyo vs Joseph Odhiambo11/7

Winners: Lawrence Opiyo, Eugene Michael, Ramsey Fred

U-6 Girls
Red Team
Shantel Adatia vs Michelle Akinyi 9/11
Shantel Adatia vs Mary Noel 11/3
Mary Noel vs Laureen Adongo 7/6

Winner: Shantel Adatia
Runner up: Michelle Akinyi

Blue Team
Effie Achieng Vs Nicole Stacy 11/7
Effie Achieng vs Shany Akasa 9/11
Effie Achieng vs Hellen Nabiso 8/11
Nicole Stacy vs Hellen Nabiso 8/11
Shany Akasa vs Hellen Nabiso  6/11

Winner: Hellen Nabiso
Runner up: Effie Achieng

Green Team
Stella Muhaya Vs Linet Akoth11/10
Stella Muhaya vs Sheila Awuor11/8

Winner: Stella Muhaya
Runner up: Linet Akoth

U-8 Boys
Red Team
Michael Owino vs Stephen Oduor 11/10
Michael Owino vs Fidel Odhiambo 10/11
Michael Owino vs Solomon Oduor 11/9
Stephen Oduor vs Fidel Odhiambo 10/11
Stephen Oduor vs Solomon Oduor 10/11
Fidel Odhiambo vs Solomon Oduor 11/5

Winner: Fidel Odhiambo
Runner up: Michael Owino

Blue Team
Austine Ochieng vs David Omondi 11/10
James Collo vs Austine Ochieng 3/11
Brighton Shikokoti vs Austine Ochieng 7/11
David Omondi vs Brighton Shikokoti 11/8
David Omondi vs James Collo 8/11
James Collo vs Brighton Shikokoti 8/11

Winner: Austine Ochieng
Runner up: David Omondi

Yellow Team
Newton Ochieng vs Hope Nicodemus 7/11
Newton Ochieng vs Desmond Elliot 9/11
Newton Ochieng vs Javan Onyango 3/11
Hope Nicodemus vs Desmond Elliot 5/11
Hope Nicodemus vs Javan Onyango 10/11
Desmond Elliot vs Javan Onyango 4/11

Winner: Desmond Elliot
Runner up: Javan Onyango

Green Team
Dennis Odhiambo vs Emmanuel Omondi 10/11
Walcott Otieno vs Dennis Odhiambo 11/8
Brian Odhiambo vs Dennis Odhiambo 11/7
Emmanuel Omondi vs Brian Odhiambo 6/11
Emmanuel Omondi vs Walcott Otieno 11/4
Walcott Otieno vs Brian Odhiambo 11/10

Winner: Walcott Otieno
Runner up: Brian Odhiambo

U-8 Girls
Yellow Team
Stella Achieng vs Stella Mokaya 10/11
Condoleezza Atieno vs Stella Achieng 11/10
Stella Achieng vs Mariam Rabayo 11/9
Condoleezza Atieno vs Stella Mokaya 11/6
Condoleezza Atieno vs Mariam Rabayo 11/5
Mariam Rabayo vs Stella Mokaya 9/11

Winner: Condoleezza Atieno
Runner up: Stella Mokaya

Green Team
Cynthia Atieno vs Sheila Awuor11/9
Cynthia Atieno vs Michelle Atieno 11/9
Cynthia Atieno vs Alice Achieng 11/10
Sheila Awuor vs Alice Achieng 9/11
Sheila Awuor vs Michelle Atieno 11/7
Michelle Atieno vs Alice Achieng 7/11

Winner: Cynthia Atieno
Runner up: Alice Achieng

U-10 Boys
Red Team
Emmanuel Onyango vs Eliah Obaa 0/2
Emmanuel Onyango vs George Otieno 0/2
Emmanuel Onyango Newton Otieno 2/0
George Otieno vs Newton Otieno 2/0
George Otieno vs Eliah Obaa 0/2
Eliah Obaa vs Newton Otieno 2/0

Winner: Eliah Obaa
Runner up: George Otieno

Green Team
Stephen Oduor vs Christopher Oluong 2/1
Stephen Oduor vs Samuel Otieno 2/1
Stephen Oduor vs Fidel Otieno 2/1
Samuel Otieno vs Fidel Otieno 0/2
Samuel Otieno vs Christopher Oluong  0/2
Christopher Oluong vs Fidel Otieno 2/1

Winner: Stephen Oduor
Runner up: Christopher Oluong

U-10 Girls
Red Team
Rosemeline Akinyi vs Phelina Vaga 2/0
Phelina Vaga vs Trisha Atieno 0/2
Trisha Atieno vs Rosemeline Akinyi 0/2
Rosemeline Akinyi vs Angela Alwanga 0/2
Trisha Atieno vs Angela Alwanga 0/2
Phelina Vaga vs Angela Alwanga 0/2
Winner: Angela Alwanga
Runner up: Rosemeline Akinyi

Green Team
Audrey Achieng vs Margaret Atieno 1/2

Winner: Margaret Atieno
Runner up: Audrey Achieng
U-12 Boys
Red Team
Julius Wanjala vs Fred Rooney 2/1
Fred Rooney vs Isaac Ndambuki 2/0
Isaac Ndambuki vs Julius Wanjala 1/2
Julius Wanjala vs David Oluoch 2/0
Isaac Ndambuki vs David Oluoch 0/2
Fred Rooney vs David Oluoch 2/1

Winner: Julius Wanjala
Runner up: Fred Rooney

Green Team
Allan Felix vs Patel Otieno 0/2
Allan Felix vs Michael Arize 0/2
Allan Felix vs Brian Ochieng 1/2
Michael Arize vs Brian Ochieng 2/1
Brian Ochieng vs Patel Otieno 0/2
Michael Arize vs Patel Otieno 1/2

Winner: Patel Otieno
Runner up: Michael Arize

Blue Team
Sanchez Odhiambo vs Henry Otieno 0/2
Sanchez Odhiambo vs Mecky Okendo 2/0
Sanchez Odhiambo vs Samson Mike 0/2
Mecky Okendo vs Samson Mike 0/2
Samson Mike vs Henry Otieno 0/2
Mecky Okendo vs Henry Otieno 0/2
Winner: Henry Otieno
Runner up: Samson Mike

Yellow Team
Edward Odogo vs Vincent Otieno 2/0
Edward Odogo vs Samuel Onyango 2/0
Samuel Onyango vs Vincent Otieno 1/2

Winner: Edward Odogo
Runner up: Vincent Otieno

U-12 Girls
Red Team
Mary Asiko vs Fanice Achieng 7/11
Mary Asiko vs Aphline Britney 11/7
Mary Asiko vs Anne Katile 11/1
Aphline Britney vs Anne Katile 11/4
Anne Katile vs Fanice Achieng 4/11
Aphline Britney vs Fanice Achieng 6/11

Winners: Fanice Achieng & Mary Asiko

Green Team
Scovia Nafula Vs Lydia Valery 2/1

Winner: Scovia Nafula

Congratulations to all the winners!

The day was then topped off with lunch for all the kids and some refreshing beverages. 

The Sadili 8- Series Junior Tennis Challenge is a tournament for U6, U8, U10 & U12 kids (all levels), with Tennis Africa Cup ranking. It is intended to encourage beginner-intermediate juniors to play competitions and was initiated by tennis professional, Dr. Liz Odera.

We are grateful to everyone who took part in the tournament, our sponsors and those who helped organise and run the event – Sadili Oval Staff.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Court of Dreams: Using Sport to Promote Dental Hygiene

After a 2 month long holiday last year (2016), most kids finally returned to school on 4th January 2017. This included many of the schools that are part of our Court if Dreams programme. The first few weeks had not been a smooth ride for both Sadili staff and the teachers at these schools as most of the pupils had not yet to report back to school. However, the third week of January (16th-24th) which is also the third week since schools reopened saw a good turnaround of events with a good percentage of kids back to school and settled. Sadili’s social educators successfully had life skills sessions with almost all the schools in the programme.This week (from 23rd -30th January), they are back to these schools with a focus on dental hygiene.
Practicing dental hygiene at an early age can help kids develop healthy, strong teeth into adulthood. This is why tooth brushing remains one of the major topics often discussed by Sadili’s Social educators through the Court of Dreams programme. Their first stop was at Olympic Primary School on Tuesday, 24th January. In a fun and effective way, they were able to get the children to think about their oral health. Some of the things they taught the kids included: the steps involved in teeth brushing,the health benefits of keeping their mouths clean by brushing their teeth, when and how many times they should brush their teeth as well as tooth diseases caused by bacteria.

The Social Educators clearly proved that brushing is not a chore; it can be fun with songs that encourage good health and hygiene. They came up with a simple song on cleaning of teeth that entertained and kept the kids engaged throughout the session. “If kids have a positive experience learning to brush, they will remember the lesson and be more likely to brush regularly,” said Kevin, one of Sadili’s Social Educators.

Apart from this, the kids had a chance to play tennis and other fun games with their favorite Coaches after the life skills session.

“We have enjoyed ourselves today playing and learning about teeth brushing,” said Michelle, a std. 2 pupil at the school. “We hope to have more fun next week.”
The Court of Dreams uses sport, mainly tennis and basketball, to encourage better hygiene habits among children 3-12 years of age, their attendance in school as a result of better health and therefore improved performance in school.

Friday, January 6, 2017

University of Minnesota Students Visit Sadili's Girl Power Clubs Africa

Sadili’s Girl Power Clubs Africa was thrilled to start the New Year by hosting students of the University of Minnesota on 4th and 5th January 2017. The 10 students, accompanied by their professor, Daheia J. Barr-Anderson, visited the country with the aim of exploring how in the Kenyan culture physical activity is used as a gateway to many aspects of life and how it can empower youth, especially girls.

“Sport is a big culture in the United States, and we believe it is the same in Kenya too,” said Prof Daheia. “I hope that by the end of our visit, the students will have a better understanding of how Kenyan girls use sports for empowerment”.

The team visited Olympic High School’s Girl Power Club during the 2 days where they had open discussions with the girls. They talked about how sport has changed their lives, school, life in America and Kenya and their personal lives. The Olympic High School girls also talked about the role of Girl Power Clubs in their education and development. The students also did a bit of football exercise, danced and did yoga.

“Before the students came I coached them on what to expect since for most of them were visiting this part of the world for the first time. I am happy that they feel welcome, and that they have been really inspired by the stories they have got from the girls at Olympic High School.” 

At the end of their visit, the university students gave little care packages to each of the girls. Each package consisted of sanitary pads, tissues, toilet paper, soap, sweets and a journal. The professor hopes to be back to Sadili next year with a different group of students from the university. 

Girl Power Clubs Africa is a leadership program focused on providing girls with a chance to learn life skills and learn to make decisions that affect their lives and their communities positively.


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