Season VIII for LCFL's Youth Soccer League has begun and with it, came a bright new smile that made my morning, my week, and probably my next month. I usually do not write to LCFL supporters from a personal perspective, but I decided this was the perfect moment to introduce LCFL's new blog.
Three to four times a week I make a call to Kenya in the morning to receive an update, discuss current issues and future plans, and to check on the people I care about, who are working hard for the LCFL. Last week I woke up to this picture and hesitated before making the call, thinking to myself this smile makes every extra hour of work worth it - Catherine, age 11, smiling from ear to ear, eating a cup of porridge after playing in an Under-12 year-old Likoni Community Football League game.
Although we sponsor a Women's Professional team, the Likoni Starlets, it has been over three and a half years since LCFL's inception and this is the first time a young girl has competed in our Youth League. Many people may be thinking why so long? Why did it take over three years? Why doesn't the LCFL have a Youth Girls League? All I can say is that the LCFL and Likoni as a community was not ready until last week.
The LCFL Board is now setting an expection of having at least one girl on each Under-12 team by season's end. Positive change takes time and commitment. A smile and a next step for the LCFL. A step forward for the community.