A US-based Liberian track athlete and Founder of the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation (BRYF), Bill Rogers has vowed to use Sports to transform the lives of Liberian youths.
Speaking to our reporter upon his arrival at the Roberts International Airport on Sunday, November 25, 2018; Mr. Rogers disclosed that he wants to use Sports to change lives because most of the young people in the Country love Sports but there is no change in their lives.
According to him, there is the need to encourage the young people of Liberia to come together because Sports can transform their lives using himself as an example.
“Sports changed me, I struggled here in Liberia in the past, I went to a lot of places, and Sports gave me a lot of benefits so I am glad that I want to bring the transformation” he narrated.
He also narrated that there is no facility in the Country that the Coaches and Liberian Athletes can count on. He indicated that Liberians have to be innovative and improve the lives of Athletes in order for them to enjoy the fruits of sports in the Country.
Mr. Rogers stated that the essence of his trip to Liberia is to inspire the lives of the young people of the Country through sports.
He said as part of the effort in bringing the young people of Liberia together, the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation has organized the 2nd edition of the “5K Run for Change and Fun Walk” race to be held in Monrovia on November 29, 2018.
The Liberian Track Athlete averred that similar event was held in 2017 where about thousand of Liberian youths participated stating that he thinks it is necessary to continue hosting the same event and have it decentralized.
Mr. Rogers said he wrote lots of people about the event but he has not seen sponsors, indicating that he remains focus as spending money is not a problem for him thereby promising to use whatever money he earns to bring smiles on the faces of the children of Liberia.
He said the race is not just about running but it is about health on grounds that it reduces stress and rehabilitates minds. Bill meanwhile said he remains committed to making his dream of constructing recreational center on the 20 acres of Land that was offered to the Foundation in Konoquelleh Clan.
He used the occasion to thank members of the BRYF team and organizers of the race for the commitment they have exhibited.
Bill Rogers Youth Foundation (BRYF) is a nonprofit organization on a mission to help Liberian youth and children discover and develop their natural athletic talents so that they can positively impact their communities. BRYF’s goal is to develop at-risk youth into strong adult leaders so they become role models and mentors.
Bill Rogers, (Liberia’s renowned middle-distance runner) vision is to use sports to break down the cycle of violence and build unity among Liberian youths and communities.
For his part, the Operation Manager of the Foundation; Emmanuel Divine Kpotoe said the event we begin from the John F. Kennedy Medical Center to the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.
Mr. Kpotoe said the race is in five categories which include the youth and active athletes, young women and girls, children, elderly and people with disabilities and those wanting to participate have to go through the registration process. He noted that more than five hundred persons have registered to participate in the upcoming five-kilometer race with more to be added.
He, at the same time, revealed that the fact the CEO of the Bill Rogers Youth Foundation took his paycheck and designed a special medal tells that this year’s race will bring a lot of excitement to the young people. Mr. Kpoto then said there will be medals and cash prizes awarded to winners at the end of the race at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.