LC is hosting a series of events to benefit Uganda and Haiti March 28 – April 3. “Strategies for Life” gets its name from the phenomenal 14-year-old Ugandan chess champion that emerged from one of the country’s worst slums after working with Sports Outreach, a Lynchburg-based organization dedicated to helping some of the most impoverished people in the world. Check out this video by Angela Massino ’11.
Check out this coverage in The News & Advance.
“Strategies for Life”
Lunch/dinner at Depot Grille, 10 Ninth St. Proceeds benefit Uganda and Haiti.
|Ugandan chess champion
Phiona Mutesi. Photo courtesy
Tim Crothers, author of ESPN article on Phiona Mutesi, 14-year-old Ugandan chess champion from the slums of Katwe. Crothers is a former senior writer for Sports Illustrated and the author of The Man Watching, a biography of the University of North Carolina women’s soccer coach Anson Dorrance. Crothers’ recently collaborated with the University of North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams on Williams’ autobiography, Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court. Sponsored by University of Lynchburg and Sports Outreach. Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center, 7 p.m.
Strategies for Life Human Chess Game
Join us for life-size games of chess. Thanks to Wholesale Chess of Kaysville, Utah for donating one of two giant chess boards. Information: 544-8640, Memorial Ball Room, 4:30 p.m.
Point-to-Point Road Through Gulu
Visitors will be given the identity of a person suffering from disease or malnutrition and travel between tents. They may be given the burden of a stigma, cans of water, bundles of wood, or asked to crawl. They will end up in Friendship Circle in the middle of the Dell at the “Freedom Tent.” Information: 544-8491. Sponsored by University of Lynchburg and Sports Outreach, Memorial Ballroom 4:30 p.m.
“Sustaining the Planet”
Presentation by David Johnson, president of “Silent Images,” a nonprofit documentary photography firm dedicated to helping the persecuted and oppressed around the world. Johnson is a former English teacher in Charlotte, N.C., who left teaching for full-time international work. He has documented the people of Darfur, Sudan, Burundi, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, China, Cambodia, Thailand, Haiti, and Peru. He is author of two books on Africa, Voices of Sudan and Voice of Beauty. Sponsored by University of Lynchburg and Sports Outreach, Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center, 7 p.m.
Community Lacrosse and Soccer
Forest Club Girls Lacrosse vs. Rustburg High School, Shellenberger Field, 6 p.m.; Forest Boys Club Lacrosse vs. Rustburg High School, 7:30 p.m.; Community All-Star Soccer, 9 p.m.
Blue Ridge Lacrosse, Forest Youth Lacrosse, and Salem Youth Lacrosse, Shellenberger Field, 8 a.m.-noon; LC women vs. Hollins University, 1 p.m.; LC men vs. Hampden-Sydney College, 7 p.m.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Carnival
Games, crafts, food, inflatables, music, and human chess in the Dell to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. $5. (Rain location: Wake Field House), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Alumni Women’s Soccer Game
Shellenberger Field, 11 a.m.
NOTE:Aluminum cans will be collected throughout these events on the fourth floor of Turner Gymnasium (basketball court level) outside Dr. Todd Olsen’s office.
University of Lynchburg has a strong connection with Sports Outreach. In May, a group of nine LC students, including four women’s soccer players, will travel with Dr. Todd Olsen, LC professor and women’s soccer coach, and Rodney Suddith, executive director of Sports Outreach Institute, to Uganda for a service learning study abroad experience.
The group will help with brick construction, participate in sports ministry through soccer games, complete community work in various communities, teach public health training, and watch as a deep-bore freshwater well is drilled. On May 25, 2011, that well will be dedicated to Anna Wright, an LC soccer player who died last summer. Learn more about Anna. Watch the video below on the Gifts for Gulu races by Eduardo Maldonado ’14.