THEATER OF DREAMS SPORTS ACADEMY
CREATE AN UNUSUAL TOMORROW…
To use grassroots soccer development as a way of highlighting and unleashing the potential that exists in Chinsapo to inspire the community in the fight against poverty.
Scholar Athlete Program
One of the biggest problems with sports inspired development in Africa is the lack of parental involvement. To many parents, the pursuit of sports as a career is just a distraction from academic development. Many parents have seen their kids follow a sports career path that ultimately led to nothing either due to their kid getting injured or to a mere lack of opportunities. This is why we introduced the scholar athlete program.
Mentoring Program The primal essence of our mentoring philosophy is simple– LIFE ON LIFE. Yes, we are still a little old fashioned in that way. We believe that if you can put older, experienced, and committed athletes in the same setting with younger, aspiring, and committed athletes, AMAZING THINGS can happen. At the moment, our mentoring program is masterminded by students from The African Bible College who go to Chinsapo every week to promote the welfare of the kids in our program.
Leadership Development Program We do this because we know that everything rises and falls on leadership. If we are going to make a difference in Chinsapo, we have to train and empower local leaders who will be motivated to bring change to their community. There is no question that they will be even more motivated than we are.
Girls Soccer Program Started and doing very well. The girls have so far won a few games and one Championship.
Boys Soccer Program We have 4 boys teams, U-12, U-14, U-17 and U-20. All of them are doing a good job. The U-14 has so far already won 2 Championships. We have also exported 5 players that are on the books for Malawi’s top division league.
Netball Program Netball is one of the most important female sports in Malawi. The Malawi National Netball team is ranked 5th in the World. Our netball team is in its infant stages but it has show a lot of promise.
Business Program Some of the mothers whose kids are a part of our soccer program get a chance to receive a small loan from Chisomo. So far we have 7 women that are part of this program. One of the women is already repaying back her loan.
Other than looking at how much activity we are a part of in Chinsapo, we will measure the success of our project by looking at the following valuables:
+Number of youth that end up playing soccer at a higher level beyond Chinsapo
+Number of youth that end up graduating from High School [Secondary School]
+Number of mentors involved in our project
+Number of community service hours that our youth invest in the community
+Number of parents that are partnering with us
+Number of people in the area that are inspired by our movement to go and start something unique
+++MOST IMPORTANTLY: How well our students end up treating their wives/husbands or their children once they get to be parents and fathers. We are always educating for the future.
+General community receptivity of our programs
+General community association to the Chisomo brand
+Partnerships formed with the chiefs and other leaders in Chinsapo
IMMEDIATE NEXT STEPS
+Starting a boys soccer program
+Starting a girls soccer program that will work alongside the boys soccer program
+Locking down space for soccer fields [working with chiefs]
+Locking down a building for a sports-specific thrift store [working with local businessmen]
+Locking down space for a township-style movie theater
+Formalizing our scholar-athlete program by adding students to the fund
+Launching the hair dressing salon business to help our head coach’s wife with a family income
+Formalizing our mentoring program with the ABC Soccer team
CHISOMO MISSION STATEMENT
The Chisomo Idea is an African-born global grassroots movement connecting the privileged young (and young at heart) to issues of poverty in Africa and providing them with a framework for action.