US coaches empower youth through football.Two former US soccer players and a coach are hosting soccer clinics and workshops in partnership with Special Olympics Special Olympics
International sports program for people with intellectual disability. It provides year-round training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type summer and winter sports for participants. in Windhoek, Walvis bay Walvis Bay (wôl`vĭs), municipality (1991 pop. 12,100), W central Namibia, on Walvis Bay, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean. Walvis Bay is Namibia's most important port and the terminus of a railroad from the hinterland. , and Oshakati for a period of two weeks.
Two of the coaches, Daryl Schwenk and Edward Henderson have already started with the soccer clinics in Windhoek while the other coach, Angela Hucles is set to arrive over the weekend.
They hope to use the youth's passion for soccer to inspire them on HIV/AIDS as well as healthy living.
The duo was welcomed by the U.S. Embassy's American Cultural Center for its "Kicking In Healthy Lifestyles" programme. The programme uses sports training Sports training refers to specialized strategies and methods of exercise used in various sports to develop athletes and prepare them for performing in sporting events. Sports training methods to increase awareness about healthy living and making choices that reduce exposure to HIV/AIDS.
The American Cultural Center is partnering organisations such as the Special Olympics, Titan Development and TKMOAMS to reach out to young athletes in places such as Oshakati, Walvis Bay and Windhoek to promote healthy living with this PEPFAR PEPFAR President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief supported programme.
The former players and football coach will visit Football for Hope Centers, the Samora Machel Soccer League, and the NFAs Galz & Goals Project in Windhoek. They will also visit Walvis Bay, and Oshakati during their stay in the country.
A soccer fun festival is scheduled for Friday August 3 with the Galz & Goals Project and Special Olympics at Soccer House in Windhoek.
The group is expected to return to the States on Wednesday, 15 August.
Daryl Schwenk, a qualified soccer coach who specialises in teaching students with disabilities. She has played university league women's soccer since the late 1990's.
Edward Henderson, is a retired African-American professional soccer player and former Nevada Director of Youth Coaching.
Angela Hucles is a former U. S. national soccer team midfielder. She made her first appearance for the United States on April 27, 2002, against Finland.
BY YVONNE AMUKWAYA