NAIROBI, October 30 – Winners of the Samsung NextHero MYSA Campaign will feted next week.
The group of 19 girls and 12 boys will each receive scholarships worth Sh30,000 each with the money going towards payment of one year tuition fee in a government secondary school in Kenya.
Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Hellen Sambili and dignitaries from Samsung Mobile in Korea will present the awards on November 6 at the National Museum of Kenya.
The boys and girls were selected from more than 5000 boys and girls aged between 12 to 16 years who participated after exemplifying exceptional football talent and skills during tournaments organised by MYSA in Nairobi.
The first seven scholarships were awarded during the Samsung NextHero Girls Inter-Provincial Tournament held in Septembe in various venues including Mathare Depot, St Teresa, MYSA Komarock, Maili Saba, Drive-Inn Primary School, Kamae, Githurai Kimbo Primary fields and Baba Ndogo Sports Ground.
MYSA runs over 100 leagues in various parts of Eastlands from March to December every year with over 14,000 youths representing between 900 and 1,000 community based teams, participating in the leagues.
The leagues are held in the 16 MYSA zones grouped under Mathare, Dandora, Huruma and Githurai.
The top teams in each of the four zones qualifies for MYSA championships that gives the best under 12,14 and 16 teams an opportunity to play against each other in October with victors being crowned in the December championships finals.
Through the initiative, the campaign set aside Sh930,000 for the scholarship fund towards supporting a total of 31 talented boys and girls participating in the football Championships and tournaments
The Samsung MYSA NextHero football campaign aims to recognize, inspire, mould and nurture football talent among youth from underprivileged backgrounds in Kenya.
The crusade also ensures that the kids get an opportunity to benefit from MYSA organized football system that equips them with international standard skills through sound mentorship.