NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Organizers of the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl hosted two community outreach events yesterday in the capital.
The first stop of the day was a visit to the Ranfurly Home for Children, where players from both teams played basketball, ran foot races, and played volleyball with the children residing there.
Personnel from ESPN also donated to the home.
“The kids here always look forward to this time of the year when they can interact with the players from overseas,” said Ranfurly Home assistant administrator Princess Burrows.
“It’s great that these players take the time out to bond with the kids and provide them with words of advice and encouragement. It’s the fifth year that they’ve come here now, and each year is special for the kids.”
University of Toledo defensive tackle Willie Ross Jr. said he was overwhelmed that he got the opportunity to reach out to some of the kids at the home.
“For someone like me, I have never been out of the United States until now, so I can speak first hand on the importance of staying disciplined and watching things work in your favour,” he said.
“We also wanted to take some time and brief them on the fundamentals of the game. It’s done a lot for me, and hopefully, some of these kids can use what they learn here in the future.”
Later in the day, the bowl organizers held the annual Bahamas Bowl youth clinic at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.
At the kid’s camp, the players took the participants through drills and exercises designed to challenge their abilities. The players also touched on the importance of performing well in the classroom.
“I think it’s great that these kids are allowed to get out and get on the field with these players,” said former National Football League (NFL) player Ed Smith. “The game of football has done a lot for me, for my son and my family, so, hopefully, it can do the same for someone out here today.”
Both events are part of Bowl week, which caps off with the fifth edition of the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl on Friday at the national stadium.