Fatimoh Muhammed, Nigeria’s former middle distance sensation, has been able to galvanise her California community to rally round the elite athlete development grant where they supported the project with donations.
The event which took place in the Olympic High School in Santa Monica, the same community where sensational Olympians of worth were discovered and nurtured into stardom include the legendary Carl Lewis, was home for the first of three events lined up to raise awareness and support for the dream of 90 Nigerian Olympians heading to Tokyo 2020.
Jimmy Thomas-founder of Do Something Athletic (DSA) told the story of how he formed his organisation in 2016 and has been passionately dedicated to making the youth and amateur sports experience from the standpoint of coaching, team organisation, parent participation, athletic education and entertainment a better and more productive experience for team sports and groups.
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“On top of being your digital sports resume DSA helps manage your teams schedule, communication, media and news with a host of other features to help make the best of your sports career. DSA also provides a plethora of information, news, media, entertainment, resources and exposure to its users through it’s DSA network. The best way to show and prove who you are as an athlete, coach or dedicated parent is to become part of the biggest youth & amateur sports network and community. Do Something Athletic (DSA) and let us
document and help manage it all.
He promised to deploy some of his resources and contacts to drive the Nigerian elite athlete grant project. It is innovative, grand and worthy of support. Great things in life start real small like this and before you know it, it is there.”
Liberian-born doctor, Graice Ann Dinkins who graced the occasion as a mentor praised “the vision of the former Nigerian athletes who had come together to use their likeness and image to lay a stronger foundation for the generation coming after them. I am thrilled by their selfless nature. That is why I bought in into this idea. We are in a world where everyone must rise and bring smile to the face of a next person.”
I have known Fatimoh for years. She is a fantastic athlete when she was competing and she is like a daughter to me. When I see the passion of this project burning in her, it is obvious that we all must rise and support her to succeed at the task. It is always my joy to see people work for their communities. Making humanity better than we met it is a religion.”
The legendary Elanda Philip was the event planner. She added panache and aesthetics to the event alongside Saadia Joe. Suleiman Adeyemi also was the compere.
Principal of the Olympic High School who donated the hall and chairs, Anthony Fuller had the backing and support of teachers of his school. Lekan Abdulsalam, the Chief Executive Officer of Afrebay made a prominent appearance just like Kolapo Soretire of the RedCarpet Films like Afolabi Onanuga who provided the music and sound.
Coach Fischer led the Santa Monica High School Track and XC team. Christine Recor and the Recor family also joined in the fray just like Florence Edi.
Companies with logos on the red carpet background include Wamufat Farm, Wamufat International Inc, Yali-Yali sportswear, www.gongnews.net, RedCarpet Films, AfreBay, AIG, Bennett Fit, itrackandfield.com, and NSDFI.
During the week, Muhammed is organising another athletics family show while at a later date she will be putting together a magnificent show where she will bring in the bigger audience to rise and support the venture of taking these 90 athletes to the Tokyo Olympics.
It would be recalled that Fatimoh Muhammed is one of the members of the Governing Board of the Elite Athlete Development grant who are to supervise the administration of all funds raised to ensure it is used by the 90 athletes to not only qualify for the mundial but also make an appreciable podium appearance.