In the Warmth of the NFL offseason, Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn has been in Tanzania, in East Africa, opening up a College.
Lynn, along with his wife, NBC New York news anchor Stacey Bell, helped finance a school in a rural Maasai village of Lanjani in the northern part of the country. In a phone conversation with Jenny Vrentas of SI.com from Tanzania, Lynn recently detailed his summer-break trip to Africa.
“These kids were getting pushed to the workforce as early as possible, growing up without schooling in any respect,” Lynn said. “It was miserable, because where do your own dreams and fantasies come from in case you don’t have this? How do you know if you like science until you take a science course? As soon as I learned about the situation, I felt as though I needed to get involved.”
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The school will help provide education for the rural population that has witnessed their own way of life challenged lately by warmer weather and erratic rains due to climate change, together with many other regional obstacles. Classes are expected to begin this week, per Vrentas, with about 300 boys and girls in grades K-3. Lynn hopes kids will be offered another path by that the school . Lynn explained to Vrentas a few started. 1 example is the college opens in 10 a.m. each day because lions feed from 6 to 9 a.m.
“These are things I never would have known if I didn’t come over here,” Lynn said of his excursion.
Lynn said he plans to deliver the lessons learned in Africa back to Los Angeles when Chargers training camp opens later this month.
“I always try to take life experiences and use them in soccer terms,” Lynn said. “A lot of times, when you can help build these young guys into better guys, they’ll also become better soccer players. It’s something we will chat about. When you have the grit and toughness that I have seen here in Tanzania, and also you put positivity behind that, you can do anything you wish to do.”
Lynn said the trip surprisingly might have left big an impression on him as it did to the children he is serving.
“You know, you move someplace, and you expect to assist folks and have an impact, and they wind up having an impact on you,” he said. “Their resiliency, their toughness, their mindset, their smiles. You see it and experience it, and it makes you love what you actually have.”